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The Abbey is one of the earliest surviving Christian foundations in Britain and the thriving parish church of the town.
Originally a Benedictine Abbey, then an Augustinian Priory and the Parish Church of Hexham, it was founded in AD 674 by St Wilfrid. Later, St Cuthbert became Bishop of Hexham.
Our visitor centre offers a hands-on experience charting the history of the Abbey and the town, with many fascinating exhibits and hands-on experiences, it is suitable for all ages.
At our Refectory Cafe, choose from our wide selection of hot and cold drinks and treat yourself to our generously filled panini, sandwiches, and jacket potatoes. Our homemade scones and cakes are baked daily, and we have healthy and fun options for children. We source locally and use Fair Trade ingredients whenever possible, and all our food is prepared on the premises with a huge amount of love and care.
We also have a wonderful gift shop; a cornucopia of delights catering for locals, tourists and pilgrims alike. We stock a wide range of high quality gifts at a variety of prices to suit any pocket and our range includes quality gifts and famous brands, books and souvenirs, locally produced crafts and produce, and a selection of local gifts.
Within the Abbey church, the crypt is over 1,300 years old. Lost underground for hundreds of years, this tiny underground chapel was designed as a place of pilgrimage and cared for by the first monks who established a Benedictine community here. Fugitives as well as pilgrims were welcomed by the monks.
In the beautiful medieval Choir you will find the Frith Stool - the chair of peace - a Saxon sanctuary seat, decorated with beautiful Celtic patterns. The monastic community has left us other treasures - the atmospheric 'Night Stair', the only one of its kind in the country, with its gently worn stone steps, and the misericords, decorated with carved images from medieval myths and legends, used for daily worship. Indeed, some people say that the peace and calm of the Abbey's unique atmosphere reflects all the prayers that have been offered here for over 1,000 years.
A worshipping community is still at the heart of Hexham Abbey and we too are leaving our mark. Like the monks before us, we would like to extend a warm welcome to all our visitors.
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