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.  Children can dress up and enjoy activities.

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

2018 sees a new exhibition to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Jedburgh’s Pipe Band.  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.

Access and Facilities

Tour groups welcome.

Contact details


Tel: 01835 864 750