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 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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Beautiful Place

11Emma, Gateshead, England, United Kingdom
From the second we walked in we were welcomed by a friendly welcoming guide who couldn't do enough for us. As soon as you get in the building it was so peaceful and calming. Whilst walking around we admired all the beautiful stained glass windows and how well kept the building was. And even as we left we popped into the little shop which was full of lovely bits and pieces and again a very welcoming and friendly staff member. Would deffo recommend a trip if in the Hexham area.

Incredible history

Aussieabroad054, Sydney, Australia
Not on the usual tourist run, we stopped at this Abbey on a whim, and ended up staying quite a while. It has Beautiful original 14th and 15th century features, that you don't see everywhere. The volunteers were exceptional, approaching us and providing information without being asked, and all were clearly passionate and well informed of this treasure.

Hexham Abbey & Farmers Market

Steve C,
The Abbey is beautifully situated in the Market Place. If you get the chance, visit the Farmers Market on the 2nd & 4th Saturdays of the month. They are celebrating 80 years. Some of the food is great. For example a Cheese & Herb loaf, lightly toasted it and put Marmite and Pease Pudding on. Back to the Abbey, they have a good Tea Room.


Ken F, Lancaster, United Kingdom
Centrally located, easy access, ample car parking nearby. Beautiful building, historical. Thoughtful well presented displays and the staff are keen, knowledgeable and helpful. Excellent cafe with good service. Access for people with disabilities to most areas (some steps)


Fiona F,
The abbey is situated in the market place in the town and is well worth a visit. Very ornate and looked after. Staff very friendly and we're there for information but I just wandered around freely. There wasn't a charge to enter but I did donate a couple of pound and bought the guide book which was £5. There's a lovely gift shop next door and plenty to see in 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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