Hexham Abbey

Beaumont Street
Hexham
Northumberland
NE46 3NB

+44 01434 602031

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Overview

The Abbey is one of the earliest surviving Christian foundations in Britain and the thriving parish church of the town.

Originally a Benedictine Abbey, then an Augustinian Priory and the Parish Church of Hexham, it was founded in AD 674 by St Wilfrid. Later, St Cuthbert became Bishop of Hexham. 

Our new visitor exhibition, which opened in autumn 2014 following a major restoration of our medieval former monastery buildings, offers a hands-on experience charting the history of the Abbey and the town. With many fascinating exhibits and hands-on experiences, it is suitable for all ages.

At our Refectory Cafe, choose from our wide selection of hot and cold drinks and treat yourself to our generously filled panini, sandwiches, and jacket potatoes. Our homemade scones and cakes are baked daily, and we have healthy and fun options for children. We source locally and use Fair Trade ingredients whenever possible, and all our food is prepared on the premises with a huge amount of love and care. 

We also have a wonderful gift shop; a cornucopia of delights catering for locals, tourists and pilgrims alike. We stock a wide range of high quality gifts at a variety of prices to suit any pocket and our range includes quality gifts and famous brands, books and souvenirs, locally produced crafts and produce, and a selection of local gifts.

Within the Abbey church, the crypt is over 1,300 years old. Lost underground for hundreds of years, this tiny underground chapel was designed as a place of pilgrimage and cared for by the first monks who established a Benedictine community here. Fugitives as well as pilgrims were welcomed by the monks.

In the beautiful medieval Choir you will find the Frith Stool - the chair of peace - a Saxon sanctuary seat, decorated with beautiful Celtic patterns. The monastic community has left us other treasures - the atmospheric 'Night Stair', the only one of its kind in the country, with its gently worn stone steps, and the misericords, decorated with carved images from medieval myths and legends, used for daily worship. Indeed, some people say that the peace and calm of the Abbey's unique atmosphere reflects all the prayers that have been offered here for over 1,000 years.

A worshipping community is still at the heart of Hexham Abbey and we too are leaving our mark. Like the monks before us, we would like to extend a warm welcome to all our visitors.

 


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Ticketing and entry prices for Hexham Abbey

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tripadvisor
19/02/2017

A gem


SunshineBlue_9, Middleton
Architecturally stunning. Unusual layout - well to this heathen anyway! So much light. Saxon gravestones. Well stocked gift shop too
tripadvisor
16/02/2017

A quick look


Ron B,
Only a few minutes to spare. The abbey is amazingly beautiful. Will spend more time on next visit to Hexham.
tripadvisor
16/02/2017

Impressive Abbey


Dinosaursweet, Wakefield, United Kingdom
We were greeted by a friendly, knowledgeable volunteer so we were able to look out for interesting items as we wandered around the very impressive interior. My son is 8 and found the visit very enjoyable as there were interactive things to do and period clothes to dress up in. As it is free a generous donation is well worthwhile. We will certainly go back.
tripadvisor
16/02/2017

The Centrepiece of Town worthy of a visit


shakleton, Guisborough
A beautiful building with a fascinating history which is explained in the visitor centre. The Abbey also has a team of friendly volunteer stewards who will help you get the most from your visit and answer your questions. The crypt is a must see. If the history is of no interest to you, then the peace and quiet may be. Enjoy.
tripadvisor
08/02/2017

Steeped in history


stayinargyll, Port Appin, United Kingdom
A wonderful place to visit. So awe inspiring and full of atmosphere. Wonderful to imagine the monks worshipping here.
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