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Buckingham Old Gaol
Venue Hire for private and corporate events

Buckingham Old Gaol offers three kinds of venue hire:

  • Children Parties
  • Private and corporate events
  • Paranormal and ghost late nights

    Buckingham Old Gaol Museum also offers group visits and tours by arrangement:

  • School and youth group museum visits
  • Adult and club museum group visits

    Atmospheric and historic venue

    The Buckingham Old Gaol Exercise Yard is probably the most atmospheric venue available in north Buckinghamshire. The courtyard dates back to 1748 and is glazed in with a modern all-glass roof that provides a memorable location for your special occasion.

    Buckingham Old Gaol is pleased to offer a wide range of rental options to suit your event. It is available for a variety of uses including: Birthday Parties, Business Receptions, Civic Functions, Art Exhibitions, Craft Shows, Paranormal and Charity Events.

    The Exercise Yard is a split-level area, available to hire as a whole, or for smaller daytime events, we can offer the gallery area for around 15 guests. We offer a special children's party package and a great value three-hour evening package, or you can tailor your rental with our range of options. Please contact the Manager to arrange a viewing, and download the appropriate bookng form for up-to-date prices.

    Old Gaol Venue Specifications

  • Up to 50 guests for whole yard hire (30 if seated at tables)
  • Tables and chairs are available for use
  • Power sockets located throughout the space
  • Disabled access via the shop entrance
  • WC (with disabled access), shared with other users
  • Centrally located near parking, taxis and bus routes
  • Additional Features (subject to availability and additional fees):

  • Full private use of the venue, including private museum viewings
  • Tea point with sink, hot water geyser and fridge
  • "Meet and greet" and box office options
  • Setting up of tables and chairs
  • Flexibility

    We offer two price structures: one for rentals during normal opening times, and one for evening and Sunday hires. We offer reduced rates to local charities and Buckingham Heritage Trust members. We offer the charity/member rate for daytime rentals for exhibitions or craft fairs if these are open to the general public.


    The Old Gaol does not offer a catering service. Hirers are welcome to arrange their own catering and are responsible for clearing away. The venue is not licenced so if you intend to arrange an event that requires licensing such as selling alcohol or providing live music you will be responsible for obtaining the relevant licences.

    To check availability, please contact the office on 01280 823020. For 'Terms and Conditions of Hire', current prices and 'Booking Form', please download a booking form here.

    Children Parties at the Old Gaol

    Are you looking for somewhere a bit different for your child's party? Buckingham Old Gaol is ideal for children up to the age of 10 and is the perfect place for a themed party; knights in shining armour, princesses or even prisoners of the Old Gaol. We offer a special price for a 3-hour session (between 10am and 4pm, Monday to Saturday), regardless of actual numbers and you can also add a fun guided tour round the museum. There is no charge for adult helpers, and Buckingham Old Gaol Trust members get a reduced rate.

    The minimum number is 10 and we can cater for up to 20 children. As a general guide, we also require adult supervisors, one for every five children. If you require food, we ask that you to provide it yourself. Payment is required at time of booking. For further details and availability please contact the office on 01280 823020 or download a booking form here (including the price list).

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