Hexham Abbey is a remarkable church and a ‘must see’ for any visit to the area.
Featuring the original cathedral, an interactive exhibition and visitor centre, plus Refectory Café and gift shop, there is something for everyone at Hexham Abbey. Over 100,000 visitors of all ages come to experience and learn its 1300+ year story.
In the church you can trace the layers of history, both physical and spiritual, reaching back to its foundation by St Wilfrid in c674AD.
In parts of the building you are standing in Wilfrid’s monastic cathedral, in others you enter the 13th-century Augustinian Priory, while the building as a whole, now the parish church of Hexham, tells the story of the Christian life of this region.
THE CATHEDRAL OF TYNEDALE
THE NIGHT STAIR
The Augustinian canons developed a separate religious community in the 11th century.
The canons’ day was punctuated by the celebration of seven church services starting soon after midnight. For this service they would go straight from the dormitory and down the Night Stair, directly into the church.
This special place, where prayer has been valid down the centuries, is one where you will find calm and refreshment within its walls. You will also be able to view many of the Abbey’s treasures and see fantastic architecture.
THE BIG STORY
The Big Story offers things to do for all ages:
There is more information about the Refectory Café in the Coffee and Tea Shops section of this website.
You are welcome to join us for a service – times are on our website www.hexhamabbey.org.uk - or to leave your prayers in this place of peace.
The window makes very public our desire to welcome you and all who wish to explore the Abbey further, together with its life of prayer, study, work and community.
A warm welcome awaits you.
Find out the opening times and more information on the Hexham Abbey website.