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Hexham Abbey

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Visit Hexham

Discover one of Northumberland's most beautiful and historic market towns and surrounding countryside.

Explore our website to find things to do, places to visit, where to stay and eat. So much to see and do in Hexham to suit all budgets.

Visit Hexham

Discover one of Northumberland's most beautiful and historic market towns and surrounding countryside.

Explore our website to find things to do, places to visit, where to stay and eat. So much to see and do in Hexham to suit all budgets.

Visit Hexham

Discover one of Northumberland's most beautiful and historic market towns and surrounding countryside.

Explore our website to find things to do, places to visit, where to stay and eat. So much to see and do in Hexham to suit all budgets.

Visit Hexham

Discover one of Northumberland's most beautiful and historic market towns and surrounding countryside.

Explore our website to find things to do, places to visit, where to stay and eat. So much to see and do in Hexham to suit all budgets.

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Hexham Abbey


Hexham Abbey is a remarkable church and a ‘must see’ for any visit to the area.

A photo of Hexham Abbey in NorthumberlandFeaturing 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
A photo of Hexham Abbey in Northumberland The Abbey stands above a river crossing and dominates the surrounding area. It lay at the heart of the royal grant of land by Queen Etheldreda to St Wilfrid.

The Night Stair in Hexham Abbey, NorthumberlandTHE NIGHT STAIR
Worn treads are testimony to the devotion of generations.

 

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
Our exciting permanent exhibition will help you to discover the astonishing history of this remarkable Abbey, with fascinating facts about the people who have shaped the Abbey and the challenges have they overcome to keep the flame of faith alive for over 1300 years.

Hexham Abbey The Big Story exhibitionThe Big Story offers things to do for all ages:

  • See if you have the skill to join Wilfrid’s monks in the scriptorium.
  • What would you look like dressed as one of Hexham’s Augustinian Canons?
  • Are you brave enough to experience the smelliest job in the world?
  • And, what did the naughty choir boys post through the floorboards?

 


Our state of the art touch-screens will show you what the Abbey would have looked like 1300 years ago and how it has changed over the years.

  • Have a go at building a Gothic arch.
  • Can you find out how to lift a stone the weight of a small car?
  • Make sure St Wilfrid has not lost his head.
  • And set the bells and lights of Hexham Abbey going on our historic model.

Hexham Abbey Refectory CafeREFECTORY CAFÉ
Onsite is something of a local hidden treasure, the Refectory Café – featuring indoor and external seating in a wonderful courtyard garden adjacent to the Sele park.

There is more information about the Refectory Café in the Coffee and Tea Shops section of this website.

 

Hexham Abbey Community at an Abbey serviceWORSHIP
The Abbey community come together in this magnificent building to live out its life of prayer and worship.

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.

Hexham Abbey window


This new window in the South Transept, designed by Alan Davies and dedicated on Advent Sunday 2012, speaks of the Abbey’s mission of hospitality.

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.


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