CHARACTER, INSIDE AND OUT
274 Years of Prison Life
Explore the cells where poachers, drunks and even the odd murderer were locked away. (We promise we won't lock you in!). Can you guess how one prisoner escaped over the wall of the exercise yard?
The Highs (and Lows) of Local History
Rogues and royalty. National crisis and domestic drama. War, fire, and funny things going on in the night: Buckingham has seen it all. What forgotten treasures were left behind to tell the tale?
Magnificent Women of Buckingham
Queen Katherine of Aragon. Queen Victoria. Medical pioneer Florence Nightingale. Author Flora Thompson. Numerous women, from the top of society to the bottom, made their mark on Buckingham. Find out how.
Since Saxon times, Buckingham had the privilege of hosting a royal mint. Inspect coins from the £1.35m Lenborough Hoard, as well as our rare Half-Angel coin unearthed in 2021 within two miles of the Old Gaol.
Saturday 9th September 2023:
OPEN DAY AT THE OLD GAOL
Family event and history talks!
Tuesday 31st August 2023:
OLD GAOL CLOSED
Check out the Grimsdale Chronicles
Dive into the history of Buckingham! Allow local historian (and legend) Ed Grimsdale to guide you through fascinating tales of our town and gaol. Go back in time.