Photo: Robert Orr

Built in 1823 as a jail house, the Jedburgh Castle Jail is a place full of history. Now said to be haunted, the castle jail was once investigated on a live broadcast of Most Haunted…but it’s up to you to decide for yourself!

The castle was in use for over 40 years as a place for criminal rehabilitation, quite ahead of its day! It is the only castle jail of its kind within Scotland. Practically destroyed by the Scottish during the wars of Scottish independence, the castle jail was restored in 1964 to its original 1820’s design and opened its doors from then on for public enjoyment as a museum.

The castle jail houses 19th century artefacts that showcase prison life, as well as a collection of relics connected to the Royal Burgh of Jedburgh. The castle jail museum is a family-friendly day out, and kids can enjoy a bit of playtime on the children’s play area!

Set in the gorgeous lowlands of Scotland, the castle jail resides in an area that is bursting with both nature and wildlife with views that extend for miles. The stunning landscape includes mountain peaks, hilltops, and natural woodland. A trip to Jedburgh wouldn’t be complete without hopping across the border to Northampton National Park.


Castlegate, Jedburgh, Scottish Borders, TD8 6QD
Tel: 01835 863254
Times: March – October, Monday – Saturday, 10.00- 16.30
Sunday, 13.00 – 16.00