Discovering the ancient and historic market town of Hexham

St Oswald’s Farm is only a 10-minute drive from Hexham, which is located in the middle of the beautiful Tyne Valley. This charming village is ideal for a day out in the countryside while learning about the rich history that can be found around every corner of this historic market town.

Hexham is a lovely town.

Hexham is one of the most attractive market towns in the country, and the imposing priory is an important element of what makes it noteworthy.”

Hexham Abbey is unquestionably the town’s focal point, dominating the ancient Market Place. Wilfrid, a Northumbrian saint and bishop, created this flourishing site of worship in 674. From an Anglo-Saxon crypt to a Roman soldier’s tombstone, from magnificent sculpture and stained glass windows to the frith seat, and from a mediaeval painted screen to the night stair, a flight of time-worn steps, Hexham Abbey is home to a plethora of antiquities. With so many stories, discoveries, and an interactive museum to uncover, you may find yourself needing to think and unwind with a piece of cake in the charming Refectory Cafe. Please check their website for times if you want to visit Hexham Abbey or attend a service.

Hexham Abbey & Bowling Green is a historic site in Hexham, Northumberland.

Hexham isn’t lacking on stunning structures, and Hexham Old Gaol is no exception. Built in 1333 as England’s first purpose-built prison, this massive square stone structure is a sight to behold. The history of the building, as well as the stories of its infamous residents, such as the Border Reivers, are told in great detail on the four floors of the museum that you see today. All floors are totally accessible, and a glass elevator transports you back in time with ease.

The oldest purpose-built prison

Hexham is lucky to have its own cinema in the Market Place, which is conveniently positioned. This community-owned cinema, which opened in 1937, has been updated with the latest 3D technology. They have a licenced cafe where you can enjoy your favourite tipple with that all-important popcorn! They have a wide range of current films, exhibitions, and regular live music events, stream live performances, and have a licenced cafe where you can enjoy your favourite tipple with that all-important popcorn! To discover out what’s going on during your stay, go to their website.

The Forum Cinema is a community-owned cinema in Hexham’s core

The Queen’s Hall on Beaumont Street is a beautiful Victorian structure that was formerly a Corn Exchange before becoming a dancing hall and is now a 350-seat theatre with two galleries. The programme is diverse, including a variety of the best theatrical performances, including drama, comedy, musicals, and more. Top tip: stop by the cafe for a bite to eat… The finest bacon and cheese scone you’ll ever have!

The Arts Centre at Queen’s Hall

Hexham, on the other hand, is not only known for its history and stunning architecture; it also has Northumberland’s only racetrack, as well as England’s most scenic and highest National Hunt racecourse! Hexham racecourse, which is located high above the town and offers spectacular panoramic views, has been in existence for well over a century and has an annual racing calendar. The views are spectacular, and it’s well worth the trek up there just for that. If you want to gamble, all meeting dates can be found on their website.

There is never a shortage of green space. Hexham offers some of the most beautiful parks and hikes. The grounds of Hexham Abbey, with its Grade II listed bandstand, the Sele, the beautifully kept Bowling Green, with plenty of park benches to sit and enjoy your surroundings, or if you fancy a river walk, there’s nowhere nicer or more tranquil than the Tyne Green river walk, which can be reached by car just before heading east out of town.

To enjoy, there are parks, walkways, and green places

A visit to Hexham would be incomplete without a stroll around the retail offerings, which include charming boutique gift shops and art galleries, as well as some high-street favourites. Try to find some of the small independents tucked away on some of the quaint side alleyways with their unique quirky shops and galleries if you go off the main high street. Explore Market Street, Hallstile Bank, and the cobblestones of St Mary’s Chare, and keep an eye out for a piece of history gazing down at you!

In Hexham, you will be warmly welcomed

Hexham is a friendly and welcoming town that was recently awarded the happiest place to live. There are plenty of places to stop for a bite to eat or a drink in this town, with many coffee shops to choose from. You might want to time your visit to coincide with the twice-monthly Hexham Farmers’ Market or stay during one of the various events. Hexham is a town where everyone can find something to enjoy. Visit Hexham’s website for more information on what’s going on and when.

A trip to Northumberland can transport you from town to country to distant hills in a matter of minutes, all while providing unrivalled beauty and scenery. Many of our visitors come to see what this northernmost county has to offer, and within a few days, they’ve fallen in love with

it. Of course, you don’t have to take our word for it; arrange a stay with us and see for yourself.

Discovering the ancient and historic market town of Hexham