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
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?
The following car park has parking charges which apply 24 hours Monday to Sunday including Bank Holidays.
There are also a number of private parking providers in Hexham.
Hexham car parking map
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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:
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.
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:
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
Hexham has excellent bus services from Newcastle and good services towards Carlisle and to the North Tyne valley and Allendale.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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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