Travelling around Hexham
Hexham is situated in Northumberland, just south of the River Tyne. Voted by readers of Country Life magazine as England’s favourite market town, this bustling northern hub is absolutely steeped in history.
Walk in the footsteps of Roman warriors and marauding Vikings as you explore Hexham’s winding cobbled streets. Visit the market place in the heart of the town, with its beautiful medieval Abbey and 15th-century gatehouse, or stand at the edge of the old Roman Empire at the ruins of Hadrian’s wall.
Hexham is easily accessible by road and rail. Arriva buses operate in the area, providing routes to nearby towns and villages, such as Corbridge and Haltwhistle, as well as regular services to Newcastle and Carlisle.
If it’s a nice day, why not visit Sele Park, an area of beautiful parkland in the centre of town, with a traditional bandstand and landscaped gardens, as well as a skate park and play area for the kids. A little further afield, you’ll find Kielder Water & Forest Park. Here you’ll enjoy forest walks, cycling, and water sports on one of Europe’s largest man-made lakes.
If you’ve ever wondered what crime and punishment was really like in medieval England, then visit Hexham Old Gaol, a museum housed in a genuine 14th-century prison. Or take a stroll through history and walk the Chesters Roman trail, a magnificent heritage site that is hidden in the lush Chollerford valley and includes the most complete Roman cavalry fort in Britain.
In the evening, enjoy a few cocktails at one of the town’s lively bars or take in a show at the Queen’s Hall Arts Centre, which regularly plays host to some of the biggest names in showbiz.