Visit Hexham

Travel Directions

Getting Here

Hexham is well connected by road, rail and bus and is only 20 minutes from Newcastle International Airport.

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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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Getting Here


Car | Parking | Rail | Bus | Plane | Ferry (and Bicycle)

Car

The A69 passes Hexham and provides an east to west route between Newcastle (23 miles – 35 minutes) and the A1 and Carlisle (37 miles – 55 minutes) and the M6.

The A68 is just 3 miles East of Hexham making the town an ideal stop off for visitors heading to Scotland.

The A686 Penrith to Hexham road via Alston is one of England’s most picturesque journeys and provides a great alternative to the M6 and A69 in fine weather – with spectacular views of the Lake District and North Pennines from the top of Hartside Pass. Journey time from Penrith approx 1 ¼ hours depending on traffic and weather.

Useful Link - A.A. Route Planner


Parking

The following council managed parking places are free of charge, but you will need to display a parking disc in short stay parking places.

Note: you can download a Hexham Car Park map here (*PDF)

Where do time limits apply?

  • Car parks – 8am to 6pm, Monday to Saturday including Bank Holidays
  • On street areas – 9am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday including Bank Holidays
Parking PlaceYES
Max Stay
Parking Disc Required (details below)
Market Place 1 hour YES
Beaumont Street 2 hours YES
Market Street 2 hours YES
Gilesgate Short Stay 2 hours YES
Priestpopple 2 hours YES
St Marys Wynd 2 hours YES
Prospect House Car Park 2 hours YES
Wentworth (Short Stay) 2 hours YES
Gilesgate Car Park 3 hours YES
Gilesgate (Long Stay) All Day NO
Wentworth Car Park (excluding HGV) All Day (white bays)
4 hours (blue bays)
2 hours (red bays)
NO
YES
YES

The following car park has parking charges which apply 24 hours Monday to Sunday including Bank Holidays.

Parking place
Max stay
Charge
Wentworth Car Park (HGV & Coach Park)  4 hours
All Day
£4.00
£6.00

There are also a number of private parking providers in Hexham.

Parking Place
Max Stay
Method of Control
Aldi Car Park 90 minutes CCTV
Homebase Car Park 2 hours CCTV
Tesco Car Park 3 hours CCTV
Beales Car Park 3 hours Pay and Display
Marks & Spencer Car Park (Short Stay) 4 hours Pay and Display
Marks & Spencer Car Park (Long Stay) All Day Pay and Display
Corbridge Road Car Park All Day Pay and Display
Hexham General Hospital Car Park All Day Pay and Display
Hexham Station Car Park All Day Pay and Display
 
Hexham car parking map

*You may need Adobe Reader to view the map. It's free to download here.

Where to get your parking disc

You will need to display a parking disc (set at the time you arrive) in our short stay parking places in Hexham.

Parking discs cost £1 each and you can get one from:

  • Libraries
  • Tourist Information Centres
  • Customer Information Centres
  • Disc dispensers
  • Local businesses

Please note: parking discs from other local authorities can be used. Alternatively, if you do not have a parking disc, you can use a long stay car park where no disc is required or a privately managed pay and display car park.

Remember to check the signs when you park for more information.



Rail

Hexham is on the Hadrian’s Wall Country railway line, which runs between Newcastle and Carlisle. Completed in 1838, the line was the first in the country to link the east and west coasts. Today, Hexham has a service of two trains an hour to Newcastle Monday to Saturday daytimes, and an hourly service westwards to Carlisle. On Sundays, there’s an hourly service in each direction. Connections can be made to other train services at Newcastle and Carlisle. It’s also possible to by through tickets to Newcastle International Airport, changing in Newcastle to the Tyne and Wear Metro.

See the Northern Rail website for full details.

Some typical journey times are:

London 4 Hours Newcastle 40 Minutes
Edinburgh 2.5Hours Carlisle 1 Hour
Bath 6.5 Hours Inverness 6.5 Hours

It is a five minute walk up into the town.

There is a taxi rank and local buses call at the station.

Useful Link - www.nationalrail.co.uk



Bus

Hexham has excellent bus services from Newcastle and good services towards Carlisle and to the North Tyne valley and Allendale.

Fast buses to Newcastle:
Arriva and Stagecoach services 85/685
Go North East 'TynedaleXpress'

Tynedale Express Bus

There are two buses an hour from Hexham to Corbridge, Prudhoe, Metrocentre and Newcastle on Go North East’s 'Ten':
Service TEN

Tynedale Links is a network of local bus services provided by Go North East with support from Northumberland County Council. There are regular services to Bellingham, Allendale, Newbrough, Matfen and Stamfordham, a daily service to Alston and twice daily buses between Alston and Haltwhistle.

Go North East 10 Service between Hexham, Prudhoe, Crawcrook, Ryton, Blaydon, Metrocentre and Newcastle - click here
Tynedalexpress X84 and X85 links the Tyne Valley and Newcastle - click here for X84 and here for X85
Tynedale Links 688 Service - (Hexham - Allendale Town - Allenheads) - click here
Tynedale Links X81 Service - (Hexham - Haydon Bridge - Alston) - click here
Tynedale Links 681 Service - (Alston - Lambley - Park Village - Haltwhistle) - click here
Tynedale Links 185 Service - (Haltwhistle - Roman Army Museum - Gilsland - Birdoswald Roman Fort) - click here

Buses to Hadrian's Wall

The seasonal AD122 Hadrian’s Wall service runs from Easter to the end of September. Details of the service for 2016 will be provided here next year. More details on this bus service here.

During the winter months, 'Tynedale Links' service 680 runs every two hours to Chollerford, a short walk from Chesters Fort; and 'Tynedale Links' service 185 runs three times a day from Haltwhistle to Walltown for the Roman Army Museum. Walkers can use 'Tynedale Links' service 74 to reach the wall at Portgate and Halton, which runs four times a day (except Sundays). Use the links above to find the timetable.



Plane

Newcastle International Airport is a ½ hour drive and has hire car facilities.

Public transport involves a journey into Newcastle before heading to Hexham (taking approx 1 ½ hours).

Useful Link - Newcastle Airport



Ferry (and Bicycle)

The ferry arrives from Holland in North Shields (30 miles from Hexham) and is particularly useful for visitors on bicycles.

A cycle route, the C2C passes the ferry terminal and joins The Hadrian Cycleway which makes its way to the sites along Hadrian’s Wall via Hexham.

Useful Links - DFDS Seaways and Hadrian's Cycleway.

Alternatively the Hull ferry makes a shorter boat journey and involves a car journey of approximately 165 miles mostly motorway driving.

Useful Link - P&O Ferries



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