Galleries, Places, Walking route

Visit the Northumberland town, Hexham, a hidden treasure which is close to Hadrian’s Wall.

Discover Hexham

Hexham is a historic market town and the last place that Modernist poet Basil Bunting lived. Bunting led a life highlighted by open pacifism in response to the First World War leading to a prison sentence. He went on to study at London School of Economics. He engaged in socialist activity and travelled in Northern Europe, before settling back in Northumberland.

Hexham marketplace and abbey

Hexham has its very own Abbey, which has been a place of Christian worship since AD674. A Goal, the earliest recorded purpose-built prison in England built in 1330-1333 for the Archbishop of York. 6 miles away is Hadrian’s Wall, including opportunities for guided walks, including, trips to small art galleries. Also, explore the extensive countryside and surrounding villages.


Discover the hidden treasures of Hexham. In the heart of the beautiful Tyne Valley, also, just a few miles south of Hadrian’s Wall. Be captivated by its stunning backdrop, a medieval abbey set in pretty parks just by the River Tyne.

Hexham is a charming market town! Its abbey has an excellent, child-friendly display on its history, and an Anglo-Saxon crypt. The town is characterised by its stone architecture, cobbled streets, and historic buildings. Combine this with a blend of boutiques, high street favourites and regular outdoor markets. Offering you a unique experience with a warm welcome in many quirky coffee shops and award-winning restaurants. The twice-monthly farmers’ market is a dream; its produce comes from a 50-mile radius.

The town boasts its own racecourse, theatre, cinema, golf courses and leisure centre, including a pool, running track and tenpin bowling. Its warm and friendly people make Hexham sparkle like a precious stone.

Hexham is 20 miles west of Newcastle and 30 miles east of Carlisle with good bus and rail connections. Visit for the day, or use it as a base to explore Hadrian’s Wall and the Northumberland. Because, there really is something here for everyone!

Come to discover because of the culture, history, and more!

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