Hexham Abbey

Beaumont Street
NE46 3NB

+44 01434 602031

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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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Joan S,
Lovely visit, very pleasant area,great little shop to buy gifts,and lovely ladies serving us, nice town to look around.


Travelingjohn123, Peterlee, United Kingdom
I've been to Hexham dozens of times and never took the opportunity to visit the Abbey until today. I have been to many of the finest and most well known churches and cathedrals across Europe and can honestly say that Hexham Abbey can hold its own with most of them. Compact Abbey but with many architectural and design features that I have never seen before in other similar buildings. Very interesting staircase immediately behind the entrance and balcony surrounding the main pew area were unusual and the shape of the antique radiators were totally different to anything I have seen before. It is free to visit and certainly worth a visit if in the area.

A wonderful Abbey but don't Bank on the cafe

Maxine G, Lincoln, United Kingdom
I brought two guests to see the wonderful new exhibition centre, the Anglo Saxon Cript and the Medieval paintings.......all wonderful. I also promised them lunch in the cafe. We arrived early because I know it is often busy. Most of the four seat tables were occupied by two people....not god use of space. We found a large table covered with used pots and agreed to share this table with two other visitors My friend preoceeded to stack the dirty pots whilst I went to the counter to order our food. There were two or three members of staff washing up. The tea towel being used looked dirty. It may have been stained rather than soiled but it did not look good. Four times a rather hassled assistant came to the counter to say she'd be with me soon. I told her we had found a table and cleared it. Another rmemever of staff then came and said we couldn't have the table because it had been booked there was no reserved sign on the table however. At this point a four seat table became available so we said we would take that. It was12.30. We then ordered three jacket potatoes only to be told they had sold out. SOld out at 12.30! NOt acceptable. We left and enjoyed good service and food across the road at Mrs M's.

Exceptional Abbey

mikespence2017, Bedford, United Kingdom
Exceptional, very well preserved abbey. Lots of roman items and the guide was very informative and really helped bring the experience to life. Don't miss the crypt, which isn't obvious, but well worth a visit

History in the walls

WellingtonKiwiJo, Wellington
Before you even enter the Abbey, you can see remodeling, deconstruction and reconstruction on the exterior walls. Inside, it's even more evident, with layers of history everywhere you look. Although the extensive remodelling over the ages has probably resulted in a less symmetrical footprint, I think it's utterly gorgeous. The night stairs, the carved choir and the lovely arches on three levels were stunning. I was peering get into the crypt stairwell when a lovely volunteer came and opened it for me, allowing me to see the stone that had been repurposed from Vindolanda (where I'd just been) to build the Abbey. So pleased I made it here.

Photo: https://images.visitnorthumberland.com/Hexham-Abbey/vn-medium-Arial-View-of-Hexham-Abbey.jpg

URL: http://www.hexhamabbey.org.uk

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