Hexham Abbey | Day Out With The Kids

Hexham Abbey

5 star Rating 5 / 5 1 reviews

Hexham, Northumberland, England

  • Exhibition room at Hexham Abbey
  • Girl on interactive pod at Hexham Abbey
  • Arches inside Hexham Abbey

Attraction Information

  • Museums and Art Galleries icon Museums and Art Galleries

Ages: 9+

Venue type: Indoor

Hexham Abbey has many sights to take in, including some rare historical artefacts.

Listen as two mischievous church mice show you around the abbey! They'll take you on a wild ride but they might get into some trouble on the way...

Creep down the steep steps to descend into the oldest part of the abbey, the Anglo-Saxon crypt where there are rooms and passageways from the original church, built around 674! You can touch the cool stone of a Dark Age Cross, sit on a 7th century Bishop's throne called the Frith Stool and scamper up 35 worn stone steps, called the Medieval Night Stair.

The mice will show you the stained glass windows, which are full of vibrant colours, and look amazing when the sun is shining through them. There is a 15th century painted screen, plus a tiny goblet, called the Hexham chalice, which is the centrepiece of their exhibition “The Big Story'.

The exhibition will help you learn more about the history of the abbey with interactive displays that allow you to see how the abbey would have looked over 1300 years ago and how it has changed over time. You can also have a go at building a gothic arch, make sure St Wilfrid has not lost his head, plus find out how to lift a stone that weighs the same as a small car!


  • Restaurant Restaurant Onsite
  • Baby Baby Changing Available
  • Disabled Disabled Toilets Available
  • Wheelchair Wheelchair Friendly
  • Pushchair Pushchair Friendly
  • Parking Parking Available On-site

Getting There and Contact Information


Hexham, Northumberland, NE46 3NB, England


Click here to visit Hexham Abbey's website
01434 602031

Standard Opening Times and Pricing

Opening hours

Monday to Sunday 09:00 - 17:00


Free admission

More Information


Standard, disabled and baby changing onsite

Baby food facilities

There are milk-warming facilities onsite.

Gift shop

Souvenirs from Hexham Abbey, mini stained glass windows, key rings, gizmos and gadgets with the Abbey theme

Eating information

The Refectory Café has special menu items for kids, including teddy bear-shaped sandwiches!


Surprisingly good for free entry!

5 star Rating 5 / 5

Written by Anonymous . 14.08.16

We were nearby at Vindolanda and stopped in Hexham to have a wander around, we actually ended up at the Abbey as we ate in the excellent cafe, so went inside the Abbey and were quite surprised with the exhibition area - it was great for the kids. The abbey is perhaps more for adults and as we were leavign we discovered they do have a specific guide for kids and families but sadly it was too late. We would definately reccommend it, it is rare to have so much on offer for free entry these days.