Hexham Abbey

Beaumont Street
NE46 3NB

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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 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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Imposing building, great setting and interesting museum

GrandesRocques, Sunderland, United Kingdom
The abbey, which in its current form dates from the 12th century, is the parish church. Entrance is free, staff are friendly and enthusiastic. St Wilfrid's chapel is a wonderful place for quiet reflection. The museum contains fascinating artifacts and there is a shop and refectory. Visitors should note that the crypt -of Anglo Saxon origin- is open twice a day for tours (11.00 & 15.00 hrs) subject to services and events allowing. Although the building has suffered at the hands of Victorian 'restorers', the overall effect is sufficiently good to have been praised by Simon Jenkins. The place is steeped in history. Well worth a visit.

Great for an hour's visit

Peter M, Thrapston, England, United Kingdom
On a rainy morning we decided to visit the abbey and the exhibition - both were interesting and well worth a visit, if you are close to hexham, which we thought was a pleasant town.

Absolutely stunning

Cpatz78, Bournemouth, United Kingdom
Visited today with my Dad & my daughter. Absolutely stunning Abbey & Hexham is lovely for sightseeing, food, shopping. Great day!

Visit to Hexham

Elizabeth C, Dalrymple, United Kingdom
This is a beautiful Abbey. Very helpful guide. Little museum very good. Cafe has lovely scones and coffee?.

Solitude in a crowded room

Kevin L,
Stepping inside the Abbey is like walking through a time warp back to the middle ages. The cool flags underneath your feet transport you back to the time when monks would walk on slivers of leather held together with hand stitched straps. The exquisite light show from the highly detailed windows makes one sit like so many thousands before in the bare wooden pews. Perhaps to contemplate the worries of the world more likely to wonder at the masterful work which went in to building this fabulous building with such basic tools. All the historic information is at hand within the well stocked bookstore attached. Meanwhile outside take advantage of the charming town itself thankfully virtually untainted by most national stores although there is a test of and waitrose on the periphery of the town.

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

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

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