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Historic gateway town for the National Park


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Charming town with spectacular abbey

William Wallace.

William Wallace.

Originally, Hexham Abbey was built as a monastery in 674. As the town grew, it was often attacked during wars between Scotland and England. William Wallace, pictured, burnt it down in 1297.

During the War of the Roses, the Battle of Hexham in 1464 led to the Duke of Somerset, from the House of Lancaster, being executed in Hexham market place.

It was steeped in blood once more in 1761 when 51 protesters were killed by the North Yorkshire Militia in the Hexham Riot. That earned them the nickname of The Hexham Butchers.


This charming town lies just to the south east of Northumberland National Park, on the banks of the River South Tyne. Wander around its streets, packed with history that radiates out from Hexham Abbey. It’s a paradise for shoppers looking for originality, with market stalls every day in the Shambles, farmers’ markets and a mixture of independent shops and galleries.

What’s on offer

Shops, supermarkets, cafés, art and craft galleries, pubs, banks, children’s play parks, churches, racecourse, public toilets, bus service, train station and accommodation.

Visit Hexham provides up to date listings for things to do, places to visit, where to stay and eat.

Tourist information

Hexham Tourist Information Centre
Wentworth Car Park, Hexham NE46 1QE
Call 01434 652220 or e-mail


Bouchon in Hexham

Danielle’s Bistro in Hexham

Station Inn in Hexham

Hexham Abbey

Free. Visit for: Exploring the Anglo-Saxon crypt, taking in treasures such as the historic Frith Stool and to ascend the Medieval Night Stair. For more, click here.

Hexham Moothall and Gallery

Free. Visit for: Drinking in the historic atmosphere of the vaulted cellars as you enjoy the art collections of local artisans and artists. School groups can arrange to visit the Moot Hall itself.

Did you know?

The Moothall was the location of the banquets and trials of the Archbishop of York in the 15th century. It was a safe haven during Border Reiver raids.

Hexham Old Gaol

Admission charge. Dogs allowed. Visit for: A diverting delve into this building’s turbulent history. A real-life dungeon and hands-on interactive experiences give a real insight into its 500 years as a place of justice and torment. For more, click here.

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The back streets of Hexham are rich with interesting shops and restaurants.

Getting There

Trains: The pretty Newcastle to Carlisle railway line stops here. Use National Rail to find out train times and connections.

Car: From the A1, take the A69 to Hexham, turning off onto the A6079 to get to the town centre.

Bus: The Hadrian’s Wall Bus takes you to Hexham. Click here for more details.

  • Hexham is twinned with Metzingen in Germany, pictured, and Noyon in France.
  • Metzingen is a Swabian city with about 22,000 inhabitants, in the state of Baden-Württemberg in the southwest of Germany, 30 km south of Stuttgart.
  • Noyon is a commune in the Oise department in northern France. It lies on the Oise Canal about 100 km north of Paris.
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