Hexham Abbey is considered one of Britain’s most beautiful abbeys, so ensure you make the most of your visit on a 1.5-hour guided tour. Designed to enhance your appreciation of the abbey’s fine interior, this tour combines guide-led commentary with interactive exhibitions to maximize your experience. See historic highlights such as the 7th-century Anglo-Saxon crypt, a Saxon Bishop’s throne, and panels depicting The Dance of Death. Included in your entrance ticket is either lunch or afternoon tea, both of which involve freshly-baked produce and a drink.
Make your own way to Hexham Abbey, easily reachable from Newcastle Central Station by train. After a 45-minute ride, embark on a brief walk to the abbey from the station and greet your guide at the time slot confirmed at booking.
Alongside your guide, you’ll visit the historic highlights of Hexham Abbey and gain insight into the Saxon history of the area: descend to the Anglo-Saxon Crypt, dating back to the 7th century; marvel at the Night Stairs, one of the best-preserved monastic survivals in England; and, the Frith Stool, a Bishop’s throne.
Admire panels depicting The Dance of Death before you continue to The Big Story exhibition, a collection containing relics of great historical significance. Delve into ancient history with objects such as an Anglo-Saxon chalice found in a coffin, and be immersed by interactive exhibits designed to enhance your historical understanding.
Following your tour, revitalize with either lunch or afternoon tea in the medieval or Georgian rooms of the Refectory. Sip English Breakfast tea, nibble on freshly baked scones, or tuck into sandwiches and panini. Spend as long as you wish in the restaurant before making your own way back to Newcastle.