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.
Built from stones taken from nearby Roman ruins, Hexham and the Abbey from which it derives its name, began life in the late 7th century. In the years following the Norman conquest, Hexham was the site of battles and sieges, as war raged across the borderlands between England and Scotland. In 1297, the town was sacked and burned by William Wallace, and in 1312 Robert the Bruce held the monastery to ransom. In the 15th century, Hexham was the scene of a major battle during the Wars of the Roses and the defeated Lancastrian commander was executed in the market square. Following the Industrial Revolution, Hexham became the centre of the leather trade, gaining an international reputation for glove-making.