Hexham Abbey
Hexham Abbey
4.5
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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This former medieval abbey was built late in the 7th century. It is one of the most prominent tourist attractions in Northumberland, welcoming over 120,000 visitors per year. With interactive mobile phone guides and welcoming stewards, plus a visitor center, Cafe and gift shop, it is a fully immersive experience for young and old.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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  • james c
    Northumberland, United Kingdom129 contributions
    Beautiful church in a vibrant town
    This is a wonderful church, not only beautful but with several very interesting features. There is a rare night stair - most were destroyed by Henry Vlll, but this one survived. The crypt is Saxon and the elegant sandstone bishop's chair called the Frith Stool is over a thousand years old As there are other fascinating artefacts, it is worth talking to the volunteer tour guides who are very knowledgeable to get the full story It is all free, but it was a pleasure to make a donation to support the upkeep It does not take long to go round and afterwards I can recommend sampling the delights of the café There is often a market outside and there is a good independent bookshop nearby
    Written December 5, 2022
  • John V
    2 contributions
    A jewel not to be missed
    I enjoyed this visit immensely, made while visiting a family member in the area. The two volunteer stewards were very friendly, enthusiastic and deeply knowledgeable about not only the history of the Abbey but of wider historic events. They were in discussion with other staff when I arrived and immediately broke off conversation to welcome me. Always a good sign! I was able to spend a long time talking to one of the guides and the time was not only freely given but generously so. Following this I used the QR code on the visitor leaflet to access the digital visitor guide. This takes you around the Abbey via 18 locations, each with a very clear and interesting audio track. Use it in conjunction with the numbers on the leaflet to move to the correct location. This has been well thought out and provides much of the essential information. Running through the locations took a very enjoyable hour and led me to see things and know things that I would have otherwise missed. Sadly, I didn't have time to go to the visitor centre or cafe. This is a historic jewel not to be missed as well as an important place of Christian worship in the North of England. I'm so pleased that I made the effort. Well done Hexham Abbey and your guides! Wholeheartedly recommended!
    Traveled solo
    Written December 16, 2021
  • Elizabeth V
    Bognor Regis, United Kingdom763 contributions
    Covid-19 Remembrance
    The Abbey is lovely - the people are very friendly. The layout is unusual as it is very much split into different sections. The history is very interesting, with so many different eras represented in its construction. I attended an evensong in the choir and it was very moving. This was the final evening of the remembrance of the Covid-19 victims, with a netting in the roof containing 4,500 angels in the form of waves. There were many other angels around the building. Returned for a second visit to more appreciate the building.
    Written October 17, 2021
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Kathy E
2 contributions
Jan 2023 • Couples
Today my Husband & I visited Hexham Abbey. We were very impressed by the history, architecture & the stained glass windows - both old & new.
We were especially impressed by the enthusiasm & knowledge of the Steward on duty, Molly Kady.
She was so helpful with information about my brother in law’s ancient ancestor.
The Abbey Refectory cafe is also worth a visit. The sandwiches & drinks were very good.
Written January 25, 2023
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Solveiga
Bournemouth, UK134 contributions
Dec 2022
A really lovely place for all those who love history, architecture. They serve good lunches in the Abbey cafe. If you are lucky enough to attend a musical event at the Abbey you will not be disappointed with the acoustics.
Written December 9, 2022
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james c
Northumberland, UK129 contributions
Nov 2022
This is a wonderful church, not only beautful but with several very interesting features.
There is a rare night stair - most were destroyed by Henry Vlll, but this one survived. The crypt is Saxon and the elegant sandstone bishop's chair called the Frith Stool is over a thousand years old
As there are other fascinating artefacts, it is worth talking to the volunteer tour guides who are very knowledgeable to get the full story
It is all free, but it was a pleasure to make a donation to support the upkeep
It does not take long to go round and afterwards I can recommend sampling the delights of the café
There is often a market outside and there is a good independent bookshop nearby
Written December 5, 2022
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byrnep306
Bradford, UK9 contributions
Nov 2022
On a short break in Hexham we visited the Abbey. Very calming very peaceful visit. Guides very knowledgeable and eager to show and explain the building in detail.
Written November 27, 2022
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John W
Croydon, UK25 contributions
Nov 2022 • Couples
Historic place. Fine organ, excellent display, cafe very good. Lemon drizzle cake. Kids things to do.
Written November 17, 2022
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KAYBOX
Wakefield, UK225 contributions
Oct 2022 • Family
Visited during spook day activities- we are 5 adults but it was amazing - thanks for all the free activities on offer for both children and adults
Written October 30, 2022
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nessief
Worcester, UK983 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
What a lovely Abbey Church. Very friendly and helpful stewards. We didn't have time to really see the exhibition which was a shame but informative boards within the Abbey helped. The gift shop is very nice too. Would recommend a visit
Written October 19, 2022
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Hannie
21 contributions
Sep 2022
A great visit full of wonderful historical facts and storiesd. The tiny crypt is very atmospheric. The volunteer guides are helful and know their stuff!
Written September 27, 2022
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paulinehall33
Birmingham, UK424 contributions
Aug 2022 • Couples
We visited Hexham Abbey whilst staying in Northumberland for a few days. Such a beautiful building, with a very interesting history.
Written September 4, 2022
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Mary D
Chipping Norton, UK36 contributions
Aug 2022 • Couples
Excellent visit x d volume tests very informative and friendly! Superb Abbey and the cafe looked amazing but we did not eat there due to a huge breakfast beforehand!
Written August 31, 2022
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Hexham Abbey - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos)

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Hexham Abbey is open:
  • Sun - Sun 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Mon - Sat 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM