Bailiffgate Museum

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Book Bailiffgate Museum tickets for one of the best things to do in Northumberland

Located in the heart of the town, this small award-winning museum packs a big punch when it comes to fascinating finds. From the area's rich local history to interactive exhibits that bring it all to life, there's something for everyone at Bailiffgate. Experience 10,000 years of history in one visit.

Visit Bailiffgate Museum and experience one of the best museums in Alnwick

Bailiffgate is an award-winning people’s museum, where fascinating stories of the past are told about Alnwick and District. The area has a very rich history because it was a centre of conflict between Scotland and England for many centuries. Two floors house the permanent collection of artefacts, documents, photographs and audio visual content.

For those interested in the area's rich history, the Bailiffgate Museum also features exhibits on local industries such as coal mining, fishing, and farming. Step back in time as you learn about the lives and experiences of those who made their living in these trades. On the Gallery floor are exhibitions which change throughout the year, and events for the whole family, so there's always something new to enjoy. 

The museum also boasts a collection of local artwork, showcasing the work of talented artists from the Northumberland region. From striking landscapes to unique sculptures, you'll be inspired by the incredible range of styles on display.

For those interested in the area's rich history, the Bailiffgate Museum also features exhibits on local industries such as coal mining, fishing, and farming. Step back in time as you learn about the lives and experiences of those who made their living in these trades.

The museum is also well-known for its engaging and educational exhibits aimed at children. Kids will love the interactive displays that allow them to get hands-on and explore the exhibits in a fun and engaging way.

Enjoy a fun family day out near Newcastle 

And let's not forget the gift shop, where you can stock up on unique souvenirs and gifts, including locally made crafts, books, and toys.

So, whether you're a history buff, an art lover, or simply looking for a fun and educational day out with the family, be sure to add the Bailiffgate Museum to your list of must-visit attractions in Northumberland.

The historic building is in the town’s Castle Quarter, very close to Alnwick Castle and Garden. It was previously a church, and provides a beautiful setting in which to celebrate 10,000 years of unique heritage.

Keep an eye out for a range of exhibitions and events for the whole family. Keep up to date by registering as a museum Friend. Exhibitions are always free with museum entry and friends get in free for a whole year.

Educational exhibitions, galleries and rural history at Bailiffgate Museum: 

  • Childhood Through the Ages: This year's summer exhibition features on the experiences and developments of our early years, and how they have changed and evolved through time. Runs from 25 April to 8 September. 
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  • Wheelchair access
  • Toilets
  • Baby-changing facilities
  • Guide dogs welcome

Yes, there is wheelchair access around the building as well as lifts to all floors and disabled toilets.

Guide and assistance dogs are welcome at the museum. 

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