Jedburgh Castle Jail & Museum

Jedburgh Castle Jail gives visitors a taste of what life was like in an 1820s prison, whilst also telling the story of the Royal Burgh of Jedburgh.

The main building of Jedburgh Castle Jail is home to the museum collection of the town of Jedburgh. The focus of the exhibitions are on traditions, industries and important individuals of this historic Scottish town, with historical artefacts, prints and paintings and a temporary exhibition space.

You can walk through the original cell blocks of this Georgian jail - the finest remaining Howard reform prison in Scotland. You can find out about some of the people who were once imprisoned here and why they were put in. Children can dress up and enjoy activities.

The prisoners' cell blocks tell the story of the Jail and its inmates, with individual cells looking as they would have done - complete with model prisoners.

This impressive building, in a castellated style, was designed by Archibald Elliot, one of the leading Scottish architects of his day.

In the Governor's House you will discover the history of Jedburgh and see many of the historical objects and artworks that tell the story of the town, its industries and its people.

Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017

Throughout 2017, Jedburgh Castle Jail and Museum invite you to help us celebrate the richness of Scotland's intriguing history, impressive cultural heritage and fascinating archaeology. Why not look at the events below and plan your next day out?

Treasures Found

Discover Treasure Trove objects found in the Jedburgh area.  Fascinating pieces from the Medieval period and earlier.  Also, a display of interesting material unearthed by a local metal detectorist, including items lost or discarded in more recent times.

27th March – 31st October

Bob Mason Room, First Floor

‘Finds Day’ 

With experts from the Treasure Trove Unit on hand to share their expertise with members of the public.  

Saturday 5 August

11.00am – 3.00pm

Access and Facilities

Tour groups welcome.

Contact details


Tel: 01835 864 750