Buckingham gaol museum
Located in the heart of historic market town of Buckingham, the iconic Old Gaol was built in 1748 in the style of a castle, with later additions in 1839 by the famous local architect George Gilbert Scott. It is one of the key visitor attractions of Buckingham.
The purpose-built prison is now a museum, a tourist information centre, a gift shop which includes a selection of local interest books and a unique venue to hire.
The Old Gaol is open Monday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm all year round. Last admission to the museum is half an hour before closing. The Old Gaol hosts a wide range of special events and exhibitions during the year.
The Old Gaol Museum tells the story of Buckingham and rural life, including the Flora Thompson Collection (Lark Rise to Candleford author) and Buckinghamshire Military Trust exhibits. A number of the original cells form part of the museum visitor's experience. The museum is one of the Jewels of Milton Keynes.
Join now to obtain free entry for the year together with other useful benefits. Click here for details. Groups and school visits are welcome by appointment - please call 01280 823020 for details.
Buckingham Tourist Information Centre
The Information Centre is here to assist visitors to Buckingham and the surrounding district, and also local residents. Managed by Tourism South East and supported by Buckingham Town Council
Buckingham Old Gaol Museum tells the fascinating story of Buckingham and rural life, including the Flora Thompson Collection (Lark Rise to Candleford author) and Buckinghamshire Military Museum Trust exhibits. A number of the original cells form part of the museum visitor's journey which includes 16 zones:
An old cell at Buckingham Old Gaol
The Governor's House
Buckingham Now and Then
Fossils to Romans
Anglo Saxons to Tudors
Civil War and Agriculture
Victorians,Edwardians and Civic Pride
WWI and WWII
Buckingham's early Police
Roads, rails and canals
Bucks Military History
Home of Flora Thompson
The Courtyard, former exercise yard, available to hire
The Old Gaol, Market Hill, Buckingham, MK18 1JX
Tel: 01280 823020