Jedburgh Castle Jail & Museum is an attraction that looks like a grand castle – but inside is a different story! Visit the cell blocks of this 1820s jail and discover what life was like for prisoners and staff in what was a model prison in its day. The building is also home to Jedburgh’s town museum, exploring the traditions, industries and the lives of famous people of the town. Lots of children’s activities make this a fun family day out.
Jedburgh Jail looks like a grand castle, but inside it's a different story! The museum gives visitors a taste of what life was like in a 1820s prison. You can walk through the original cell blocks, see some of inmates and their conditions and follow their stories. Find out why some people thought it was the most comfortable jail in Scotland. The building has also gained a reputation for ghostly sightings!
The Jailer's house is home to the town museum, telling the story of the Royal Burgh of Jedburgh from the ancient times, with exhibitions focusing on traditions, industries and the town's rich history. Displays trace the stories of some of the town's famous people - Mary Somerville the mathematician, David Brewster the inventor of the kaleidoscope and James Veitch the astronomer.
There is a lot to see and do for a day out at Jedburgh Jail – children can dress up and enjoy plenty of hands-on activities, and there is an audio-visual display on the ground floor. Built on the site if old Jedburgh Castle, the building was designed in a castellated style by locally born architect Archibald Elliot - famous for designing Calton Jail in Edinburgh.
The grounds offer fine views over the town and surrounding countryside.