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Explore Around Hexham

Explore Around Hexham

Come and see Hexham at the hub of places of interest in the Tyne Valley and beyond. Hadrian’s Wall with its inspiring presence is close-by, there are many fascinating tiny villages, some like Blanchland caught in a wonderful time-warp, and there are activities galore, many accessible for all.

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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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Explore Around the Hexham Area

Hexham is your ideal home-base for exploring the majestic central section of Hadrian’s Wall. This offers the most impressive views of and from the Wall. It is also most richly provided with Roman sites, remains and museums.

This fascinating section of the Wall stretches from Corstopitum (Corbridge) in the east, through Chesters, Housesteads, Sycamore Gap and Vindolanda to the Roman Army Museum (Carvaron) and even Birdoswald in the west. You’ll need three enthralling days at least to do real justice to such rich sources of knowledge about our isle’s history.

Explore around Hexham is divided into sections with estimated journey times from the centre of Hexham. Browse through them all at your leisure or select a specific section using the following links: 5 minutes | 15 minutes | 20 minutes | 30 minutes | One hour or longer


Within 5 minutes

Just outside Hexham town, to the east is the pretty village of Corbridge*, sitting above the Tyne, with its ancient church alongside a 16th Century Pele Tower. On the way to Corbridge, at Dilston, where Devil’s Water goes under the road, stop to visit the Physic Garden for a beautiful, informative herb garden.

Go to the west of Hexham and, a short walk out of the old village of Warden, you find the confluence of the two Tynes, North and South. Due south is the Hexham Racecourse which gives you the most imposing views of the full course and the rolling Pennine scenery beyond - a setting sun over the evening racing-scape is, quite simply, awesome. Five minutes drive out of town to the south-east takes you to the beautiful wooded walks of Dukeshouse Woods.

Visit Hexham and explore Dukeshouse Wood DUKESHOUSE WOODS - 1.5 miles

Loved and enjoyed by people of Hexham for generations, discover the beauty of Dukeshouse Wood for yourself. With Giant Redwoods, beautiful beeches and lots of history yet to be revealed.


Within 15 minutes

To the north of Hexham town lie the closest attractions of Hadrian’s Wall, also a historic 13th century English manor House, Aydon Castle, and Heavenfield with the lonely St Oswald’s Church, site of a tide-turning battle in the history of Christianity in Britain.

Feeling more adventurous, a little further to the west of the town is a lovely wooded valley walk, Allenbanks, where the river Allen, between two suspension footbridges a little over a mile apart, is a mighty torrent in winter and in parts a place for children to explore (and parents to advise) in summer. In September or October, stand on one of the bridges and spot the salmon.

A walk through Hexhamshire, the uninhabited moorland to Hexham’s south, will reward you with its peaceful seclusion. You can hike over to Blanchland, a lovely village with its pub and tea rooms, hotel and restaurant (discover the bar’s vaulted ceiling and the priest hole).

A photo taken at Ladycross Nature Reserve – a tourist attraction 5 miles from Hexham in Slaley NorthumberlandLADYCROSS NATURE RESERVE - 5 miles, Slaley

Ladycross Nature Reserve has 40 acres of heath, woodland, ponds and upland meadows in a working stone quarry. It can be visited by appointment and also holds a range of events to show its fascinating wildlife.

Ladycross Stone Quarry, Slaley, Northumberland   NE47 0BY   01434 673245   Email
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A photo of an example of the Corbridge Hoard at Corbridge Roman Town - Hadrian's WallCORBRIDGE ROMAN TOWN - HADRIAN'S WALL - English Heritage - 5 miles

Not all of the sites on Hadrian's Wall were heavily guarded fortresses. Corbridge was a supply base and bustling town where the Romans and civilians would pick up food and provisions.

Today, you can still walk through the town's streets and experience a true time-capsule of Roman life. You can see a valuable hoard of objects found during excavations, including Roman armour and trinkets, which provide a fascinating insight into the life of a soldier. The Corbridge 'Hoard' is one of the most influential Roman 'Time Capsules' ever discovered in Hadrian's Wall Country.

Corchester Lane, Corbridge, Northumberland    NE45 5NT    01434 632349   Website

A photo of Chesters Roman Fort and Museum – a tourist attraction 5.4 miles from Hexham in NorthumberlandCHESTERS ROMAN FORT AND MUSEUM - English Heritage - 5.4 miles, Chollerford

Picturesquely set in the beautiful valley of the River North Tyne, Chesters is the best-preserved example of a Roman cavalry fort in Britain. The site also features a museum containing an amazing collection of archaeological discoveries.

Chollerford, Hexham    NE46 4EU    01434 681379    Website

A photo of walkers next to Hadrian's WallHADRIAN'S WALL - 6 miles

Britain’s greatest Roman monument and World Heritage Site. Stretching 73 miles from North Sea to Solway Firth, the Wall is the backbone to Hadrian’s WallCountry, with stunning countryside, coasts, exciting cities, picturesque villages, walking and cycling routes aplenty – come and explore!

Find out more details on the Visit Hexham Roman Wall page.

A photo of Aydon Castle, Corbridge near Hexham, NorthuberlandAYDON CASTLE - English Heritage - 6.9 miles, Corbidge

Tucked away in a beautiful and secluded Northumberland woodland is Aydon Castle, the perfect location for a family day out. Almost completely intact, it is one of the finest and most unaltered examples of a 13th century English manor house.

Off Aydon Road, Corbidge    NE45 5PJ    01434 632450    Website

A photo of the AD122 Hadrian's Wall bus near Hexham in NorthumberlandAD122 - The Hadrian's Wall Bus

Perhaps the most relaxing way to travel along the central and most interesting section of the Roman Wall is the AD122 bus. Easter to September inclusive, for 2014 it departs from Hexham Bus Station at 0845, 0945, 1145, 1245, 1345, 1515 and 1545 and from the railway station three minutes later. It drops off and picks up at all the principal visitor attractions - perfect for planning days out from Hexham!

Phone Traveline 0871 200 2233    Website

A photo taken at Allen Banks 10 miles from HexhamALLEN BANKS & STAWARD GORGE - 10 miles, Bardon Mill

All the family will enjoy exploring miles of waymarked footpaths in one of the largest areas of ancient woodland in Northumberland. Wildlife and wildflowers are found in abundance and an extensive area of gorge and river scenery includes the 41-hectare Stawardpeel Site of Special Scientific Interest.

SE of Bardon Mill, off A69    Grid ref 86:NY799640   01434 321888    Website

A photo of Prudhoe Castle near Hexham PRUDHOE CASTLE - English Heritage - 11.7 miles, Prudhoe

Prudhoe Castle has many a story to tell so a family day out to this Northumberland fortress is truly worthwhile. Begun between 1100 and 1120 to defend a strategic crossing of the River Tyne against Scottish invaders, Prudhoe Castle has been continuously occupied for over nine centuries.

Castle View, Prudhoe, Northumberland    NE42 6NA    01661 833459    Website   


Within 20 minutes

A moorland drive to the west of Hexham through the rolling North Pennines will take you to the very independent, picturesque and remote township of Allendale. Allendale boasts a growing number of art workshops and galleries. Once a year, on New Year’s Eve, Allendale hosts the spectacular Tar Barrels ritual procession.

A short drive north-east including the Military Road (B6318) will bring you to pretty Matfen, with a good golf course and adventure for all ages (Go Ape). There’s a micro-brewery nearby that offers teas and an interesting and informative exhibition. Take the Military Road in the opposite direction (westwards) to the principal sites along the central section of Hadrian’s Wall.

A photo of the Go Ape adventure experience with people on zip wiresGO APE @ MATFEN - 11 miles, Matfen

Head to Go Ape Matfen for two to three hours in the trees, taking on zip wires, Tarzan Swings, and a variety of crossings, all set in the one of the UK’s mostun-spoilt areas of natural beauty. And you will get to appreciate it all from the trees.

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The café at the Allendale Forge Studios, Art and Craft Gallery, Cafe and Visitors Centre near HexhamALLENDALE FORGE STUDIOS, ART AND CRAFT GALLERY, CAFE AND VISITORS CENTRE - just 10 miles from Hexham in Allendale

A creative hub offering a unique, relaxing shopping experience surrounded by countryside. Browse around open gallery studios, chat with the designers in the gift shop and enjoy a coffee, lunch, cake and ice cream in the café. Open 7 days a week, 9am to 5pm. Free entry. Fully accessible on two floors and ample free parking right outside.
Allendale Market Square, Northumberland     NE47 9BD    01434 68 39 75   Website    

A logo or sign for the Wylam brewery near Hexham websiteWYLAM BREWERY - 11 miles, Heddon on the Wall

Established in 2000 by alchemical, home brewing, alesmith double act John Boyle and Robin Leighton, Wylam Brewery has fermented into Northumberland’s most innovative craft beer producers! PROPER BEER found in the region's best real ale pubs or direct from us!!

South Houghton Farm, Heddon on the Wall    NE15 0EZ    01661 853377    Website    Email

A photo of a fossil at Broadwood Studios, Broadwood Hall, Allendale near HexhamBROADWOOD STUDIOS - 11 miles, Allendale

Broadwood Studios is the home of ceramic artist Steph Jamieson. A ceramics exhibition “ Pots in the Byre” is held over three weekends in the summer. Firing workshops are an added attraction to the event. Open other times by appointment.

Broadwood Studios, Broadwood Hall, Allendale   NE47 9AD  01434 683268  Website   Email

A photo of a section of Housesteads Roman Fort set high on a dramatic escarpment of the Hadrian's Wall World Heritage SiteHOUSESTEADS ROMAN FORT - Near Haydon Bridge - 13 miles

Set high on a dramatic escarpment of Hadrian's Wall World Heritage Site, Housesteads Roman Fort is a fascinating tourist attraction with some stunning panoramic views to enjoy from the walls of this ancient fortress.

Imagine how life was for the 800 Roman soldiers based here as you wander the remains of the barrack blocks and the commandant’s house. With a history that goes back almost 2,000 years, it offers a unique family day out in Northumberland.

Housesteads Roman Fort, Haydon Bridge, Hexham    NE47 6NN    Website

A photo of 2 ponies in a field at the Sinderhope Pony Trekking Centre about 14 miles from HexhamSINDERHOPE PONY TREKKING CENTRE - 14 mile, Near Allendale

Enjoy the stunning Northumberland scenery from horseback. The centre provides trekking for novice to experienced riders on cob-type ponies over moorland and through dale as well as lessons in the indoor arena and fun, educational days for children.

High Sinderhope, Sinderhope, Allendale    NE47 9SH    01434 685266    Website

 

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Within 30 minutes

Just within a thirty minute drive to the north-east you’ll delight in the lively family history of Wallington Hall’s Trevelyan family, and close by you’ll appreciate Kirkharle’s art and craft centre with an accessible walk around one of Capability Brown’s earliest designs at his birthplace.

To the south of Hexham town don’t miss the unprecedented steepness of Alston’s main street, England’s highest market town, and discover the narrow gauge railway that runs down the green fields of the gentle North Tyne valley.

A photo of Wallington Hall a visitor attraction about 20 miles from Hexham and a National Trust propertyWALLINGTON HALL - 20 miles, Near Morpeth

Discover Wallington, much-loved home to generations of the unconventional Trevelyan family. Visit the impressive, yet friendly house, and explore the history of Northumberland in the huge pre-Raphaelite paintings around the remarkable Central Hall. Be inspired by the beautiful furniture, family paintings and treasured collections.

Cambo, near Morpeth    NE61 4AR    01670 773600    Website    Email

Visit Hexham and explore the Killhope Lead Mining MuseumKILLHOPE THE NORTH OF ENGLAND LEAD MINING MUSEUM - 22 miles

A grand day out for the whole family. Killhope is an award winning fully restored nineteenth century Victorian lead mine. Experience for yourself the life and work of the lead mining families of the Pennine dales and accompany a guide on an unforgettable mine tour. Shop selling gifts, souvenirs, and books. Pip's Café serves homemade, delicious food. Free entry to shop and café.

Durham    DL13 1AR    01388 537 505   Website


One hour or longer

Just within one hour’s drive to the north-east of Hexham is Cragside, home of the innovator Lord Armstrong, the first house to be powered by hydro-electricity, now a museum in his honour. Go directly north to Kielder Water for a day out, but come back late after a pre-booked star-gazing visit to the amazing Kielder Observatory. Beamish, the open-air treasure of a living museum, is about the same distance east.

If you use Hexham as a base you can plan full days out, to the bustle, engineering masterpieces and cultural attractions of Newcastle, for example. You can reach the Northumberland coast’s castles and miles of unspoilt sandy beaches, Britain’s best-kept coastal secrets.

If you spend a day in and around the historic border city of Carlisle, a little trip further north will let you step into Scotland, Gretna Green and, if you’re lucky, a wedding ceremony. Keswick, after a 90 minute drive west from Hexham, opens up to you the imposing mountainous scenery of the Northern Lakes and the associated challenging hikes.


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