Fun Things To Do in Hexham for a Great Day Out
This picturesque market town in the heart of the Tyne Valley has lots to offer
Hexham has some great places to eat, including Zyka, serving great Indian cuisine in stylish surroundings; long-standing favourite family-run Danielle’s Bistro, where you can choose from a selection of Mediterranean dishes; and Cilantro, an unusual Indo-Latino tapas bar. In the heart of Hexham, you can find the hugely popular neighbourhood Bouchon Bistrot, with fantastic French-style food and an impressive selection of wines. The Heart of All England is also worth a visit for their wide selection of hearty pub classics. The Coach & Horses which has recently undergone a transformation will also tempt you with their hearty pub grub.
In Hexham’s centre is The Beaumont, a Victorian hotel with stunning views of Hexham Abbey. Hugely popular, there’s a busy bar, or dine in their restaurant with its open kitchen. Just a few miles north-west of Hexham is the luxurious Walwick Hall Hotel with a fantastic restaurant, spectacular grounds to explore, spa treatments available, and self-catering accommodation in their Chesters Stables. Heading a little north, in Gunnerton you’ll find fabulous self-catering accommodation at Southlands Farm, which includes a lovingly-restored showman wagon, a unique retreat for couples and families.
Hexham has an abundance of independent shops to choose from, including Matthias Winter for eco-friendly homeware and gifts, a great lingerie shop in Petals, and great gifts and home accessories at Sorella. Head to Cogito Books to browse the bookshelves. Pay a visit to the magical world of Mr Wolf and Ralph and Mimi, both great shops for kids, Hats & Gladrags for occasion wear, and Sarah Hickey for beautiful bespoke jewellery. Specialist food retailer Ridley’s Fish & Game is your go-to for the freshest fish, seafood, poultry and wild game. Find them at the weekly market and Acomb Industrial Estate.
The iconic Hadrian’s Wall stretches 73 miles from coast to coast, and celebrates its 900th anniversary this year. The famous Roman forts of Housesteads, Vindolanda and Chesters are within easy reach, and there are plenty of stretches of wall to walk along. Be sure to visit the stunning Cawfield Crags and Quarry, and the famous tree at Sycamore Gap, which is a great place for a photo. If Roman history doesn’t cut it, head to the Saxon Crypt at Hexham Abbey, see events and exhibitions at the historic Hexham Old Gaol, or simply enjoy a stroll along the beautiful banks of the River Tyne in the park.
Around the corner
Langley Dam Fishery is a 14-acre lake where you can either do some fishing or pack a picnic and just enjoy the tranquil surroundings. Head to The Sill, the UK’s National Landscape Discovery Centre to learn about the region’s history and connect with nature, or to Hexham Racecourse for a fun day or evening’s racing with the most amazing views. You can enjoy stargazing and supper (or why not stay over) at Twice Brewed pub near Bardon Mill, and enjoy the starry skies with their star-gazing team.