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.
2018 sees a new exhibition to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Jedburgh’s Pipe Band. Showing in the Bob Mason Room on the First Floor of the Jail, Jedburgh’s Pipe Band – 75 years of Piping uses photographs and objects to look back at the history of the Band which was formed with members of the Boys’ Brigade in 1943. It has since gone from strength to strength, playing at every Jethart Callant’s Festival, and many other local events, as well as the 6 Nations rugby matches in Paris and Rome and the D-Day commemorations in Normandy. The exhibition is on until the end of the season.
We also have two exciting activities lined up for the school holidays. On Monday 7 May there is the chance to follow in the footsteps of Jedburgh’s Sir David Brewster who invented the kaleidoscope and make one of your own, with a workshop leader. This is a drop-in session, 2-3 pm, charge £2. Part of Borders Science Festival.
On Thursday 9 August there will be the chance to try your hand at the ancient art of archery in the grounds of the Castle Jail. This drop-in session is from 11 am-3 pm, charge £3.
Access and Facilities
Tour groups welcome.