10,000 years of history in one visit



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Come and see our amazing new Childhood exhibition


Hear the remarkable Ida Cook talk about her life on BBC Sounds


  Learn about Alnwick Soup Kitchens in a previous cost of living crisis.


Learn about our possible move to the Northumberland Hall

Welcome to

Bailiffgate Museum & Gallery

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 our permanent collection of artefacts, documents, photographs and audio visual content. On our third, Gallery floor are exhibitions which change throughout the year, and events for the whole family, so there's always something new to enjoy. We are open Tuesday to Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays throughout the year except the Christmas period.

Our 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. Look on this website for a range of exhibitions and  events for the whole family. Keep up to date by registering as a museum FriendExhibitions are always free  with museum entry and friends get in free for a whole year.

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As volunteers and staff at Bailiffgate Museum, we wish to extend our solidarity and support for our museum and heritage colleagues in Ukraine.

We are very concerned for the Ukrainian people, their heritage and identity, as well as for the safety and security of museum staff and volunteers, who are seeking to protect their cultural heritage from destruction. Our thoughts are with them at this time.

View our Exhibitions

Our big summer exhibition covering all the fun and struggles of Childhood. Something for all ages to enjoy and learn from, including an Edwardian selfie parlour! Details

How Bailiffgate could change

There is a possibility that Bailiffgate will be moving into the Northumberland Hall in the heart of Alnwick. Learn more details here.



Visit Bailiffgate Collections

Who was this amazing man born near Alnwick? The world's leading journalist, nominated several times for the Nobel Peace Prize and a hero of the Titanic. Find out in Bailiffgate Collections.

Borrow one of our Loans Boxes

All are available to borrow free  for two weeks for schools, childminders, regularly home schooled pupils and young people’s groups  More details 

Make new Friends, Learn new Skills

Use and develop your experience in a range of ways. Have an informal chat about how volunteering at Bailiffgate will add to your life  More Details

Visit our Shop

An even bigger range of books and other presents online in our shop  including many childrens' books and ones about our local area, plus just in the 2025 calendar.

Whether you are a visitor to Alnwick  or a resident, don't forget that there is always something new at Bailiffgate. There are exhibitions and events throughout the year. Use website to keep up to date with what's happening. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

If you live in the Alnwick area and would enjoy meeting people and developing new skills, Bailiffgate would love to hear from you.  Learn more on our volunteer page. If you have visited us, and would like to share your experience, do please go to our TripAdvisor page  and leave some feedback

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14 Bailiffgate, Alnwick, Northumberland NE66 1LX
Opening Times - 10am - 4pm Tuesday to Sunday 

Tel: +44 (0) 1665 605847

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