Hexham

Stunning architecture, picturesque parks, and a bloody history are all waiting to be explored in Hexham. Immerse yourself in stories about the Vikings, historical criminal families or ‘Border Reivers’, and the Anglo-Saxon Abbey.

Haunted by marauding Vikings...

Hexham is home to the beautiful Sele Park, floral gardens in the town centre, and the stunning grounds of Hexham House. Beneath the charming market town, Hexham holds a bloody history of marauding Vikings, and England’s first purpose-built prison, the Old Gaol, which can be traced back to the 1300s.

Enjoy the Old Gaol’s museum which details Hexham’s history. Feast your eyes on a wealth of artefacts, descend into the dungeons, and try out the stocks - if you dare...

Boasting the impressive Hexham Abbey, this town never fails to impress. The monastery-turned-abbey was built in 674 AD, and the eerie crypt from the original building still remains today, with some of the dusty stones coming from the Roman ruins of Hadrian’s Wall. The abbey is a peaceful place of solace and refuge, where visitors can admire awe-inspiring architecture, 7th century sculptures, and 15th century painted wooden panels. The Abbey also hosts a delightful craft fair

Opposite the abbey, you will find the Queen’s Hall Arts Centre, a magnificent Victorian building which attracts the best international and national artists from music, drama, and dance, as well as nestling away two art galleries. The Queens Hall is also home to the town's library and visitor information centre. 

Perhaps you fancy trying something different? Hexham Racecourse holds a popular Ladies’ Day once a year, you could visit the Shambles market on Tuesdays, or how about coming to town for the annual Hexham Book Festival?

End your tour of Hexham at the idyllic Tyne Green. Lush green spaces, thick woodland, and views of Hexham Bridge can all be admired here.
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