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 visitor centre 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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Concession 1
£0.00
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Open all year at Hexham Abbey Church Attraction Open all year
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tripadvisor
19/11/2017

Magnificent


Anthony R, Hartford UK
I would no have expected such a magnificent abbey in such a small city and the pleasure in finding a place of worship that did not charge entry but discreetly ask .for donations was refreshing
tripadvisor
08/11/2017

Lovely church


alex w, Lancaster, United Kingdom
We visited this church pm a Saturday in November after we had visited Vindolanda nearby. Stunning stone work in the Leschmann chapel and paintings. We also visted the Saxon crypt.
tripadvisor
06/11/2017

A Must See in this area


Jane F, Uzhhorod, Zakarpats'ka Oblast', Ukraine
Tranquil and timeless, with a good visitor centre and knowledgeable guides, this is one for lovers of history, architecture and church buildings.
tripadvisor
03/11/2017

Interesting


Ruth H, Shropshire, United Kingdom
Great to visit here after Roman Forts on Hadrian's Wall. A peaceful Abbey with a very good visitor centre which was well worth viewing. Volunteers and staff were very helpful and friendly.
tripadvisor
30/10/2017

Enjoyable


1HardToPlease1,
We really enjoyed our visit to Hexham abbey today. A special mention should go to Derek. He was very knowledgeable and explained things really well.
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