The ancient market town of Hexham has bags of character and a fascinating history that’s portrayed in its winding streets and historic buildings, including the magnificent Hexham Abbey. This town forms the ideal base for a cottage holiday in Northumberland, with easy access to wonderful countryside, flowing rivers and of course Hadrian’s Wall.
Voted England''s favourite market town by Country Life Magazine, the town has a rich history dating back to the Vikings. It also has a vibrant arts and culture scene, a good range of independent shops, cosy pubs and restaurants. In the heart of the town is the wonderful Hexham Abbey, which dates back to 674.
A full market is held every Tuesday and Saturday and there’s a farmers market every fortnight; perfect for stocking up your cottage with some excellent, fresh local produce.
Hexham''s Old Gaol is England''s first purpose-built jail, and was built in 1333. As you take a tour of its 4 floors, you''ll get a rather gruesome insight into the building''s history.
Art lovers will enjoy visiting some of the town''s galleries; from modern art to Faberge, you''ll find it all here. There are quirky galleries and studios including Berwick Gymnasium Gallery, set in a converted army barracks.
Notable events include Hexham Book Festival, which turns the town into a haven for literature lovers every April and May.
Discover this delightful part of Northumberland, the Tyne Valley and Hadrian’s Wall. More day out ideas include, just to the north Kielder Water and Forest Park or maybe a day at the races at Hexham Race Course (check for race days); search our range of cottages in Hexham today.