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Hexham Abbey

Hexham, Northumberland, England

5 star Rating 5/5 (1 review)

  • Interior of Hexham Abbey
  • A girl on an interactive pod at Hexham Abbey
  • The arches inside Hexham Abbey

Attraction Information

  • Museums and Art Galleries icon Museums and Art Galleries

Suitable for ages: Older Children (9-12) and Teenagers (13-18)

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!

Facilities

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

Getting There and Contact Information

Address

Hexham, Northumberland, NE46 3NB, England

Contact

Click here to visit Hexham Abbey's website
01434 602031

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Standard Opening Times and Pricing

Opening hours

Monday to Sunday 09:00 - 17:00

Pricing

Free admission

More Information

Eating information

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

Toilets

Standard, disabled and baby changing onsite

Gift shop

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

Baby food facilities

There are milk-warming facilities onsite.

Reviews

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.

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5 star Rating 5/5 (1 reviews)


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