Hexham Abbey

Hexham Abbey is one of the earliest seats of Christianity in Englandwelcoming visitors to our site for more than 1300 years, with a host of historical artefacts and treasures visitors feel inspired by the sense of heritage, worship and community unique to this beautiful place.

About this church

There has been a church on this site since Queen Etheldreda made a grant of lands to Wilfrid, Bishop of York in around 674.

For visitors who come in search of the past, the greatest thrill of all is the Anglo Saxon crypt. A steep stone stair descending from the nave takes you back 1,300 years, into rooms and passageways left intact from St Wilfrid’s original church.

There are many treasures to enjoy, including, a Saxon bishop’s throne dating from the 7th century, a 2000 year old intact Roman tombstone, a fine Dark Age cross, the famous ‘Dance of Death’ 15th century panel paintings, carved misericords, beautiful Victorian stained glass, and the Medieval Night Stair that was used by the Augustinian monks and is the only remaining night stair still in daily use.

The Hexham Chalice, a tiny copper and gold gilt goblet used by Anglo Saxon missionaries to celebrate Holy Communion, is the centrepiece of our exhibition and visitor centre, The Big Story.

Round off your visit in our Gift Shop and take a souvenir home, and don’t forget to sample our local homemade delights in the Refectory Cafe.

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Spectacular stained glass
  • Magnificent memorials
  • Glorious furnishings
  • Enchanting atmosphere
  • Social heritage stories
  • National heritage here

Visitors information

  • Bus stop within 100m
  • Level access to the main areas
  • On street parking at church
  • Parking within 250m
  • Accessible toilets in church
  • Café in church
  • Café within 500m
  • Dog friendly
  • Muddy boot friendly
  • Church shop or souvenirs

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