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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Open all year at Hexham Abbey Church Attraction Open all year
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Restaurant / cafe on site at Hexham Abbey Church Attraction Restaurant / Cafe on site
Gift shop on site at Hexham Abbey Church Attraction Gift shop on site
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tripadvisor
21/07/2017

Flower festival


jojo471, Oxford, United Kingdom
I visited the Abbey to view The Circle of Life flower festival. There were around forty arrangements around the Abbey, some quirky, some traditional and others amazing, all arranged by members of Hexham and District Flower Club. The Festival stewards were welcoming and friendly and were pleased to chat about the arrangements, many of which enhanced the dramatic Abbey building.
tripadvisor
20/07/2017

delightful


skytortoise, cannock england
We were on a short trip to see this area of England. Hexam is a lovely small town just off the A69. The abbey is an absolute must to visit if you are interested in history and architecture. The volunteers are most welcoming and helpful in explaining the history of the abbey. Excellent food and value in the café. Only one criticism - we could not buy any of the delicious home made chutney from the café!
tripadvisor
18/07/2017

Fab interactive museum


Catcherintherye2013, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
The abbey is such a nice place to look around and absorb the history of it. You can get an audio tour from the desk as you enter which are really cheap and brings the Abbey to life as you go round it. The staff are very happy to help you with any questions and the interactive museum at the back is fab for children.....and adults. It's free but you can but a donation in the box as you leave. There is a nice café further back from the museum and I visited the Abbey shop - the staff are so nice and helpful and have a lovely range of cards and gifts.
tripadvisor
15/07/2017

Nice church, as many others


Roberto D, Naples, Italy
If you are in the surrounding, it is worth a quick look. The cript is very old but nothing to see there. The rest of the church imposing. The choir was the highest attraction for us.
tripadvisor
12/07/2017

Going back1300years


terrypj, Derby, United Kingdom
whilst in Hexham we visited the Abbey, Theirs audio guides to take you through the History. We found it very interesting, it's a real hands on experience. After our visit we tried the refectory for a snack before departing
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