Hexham, located in Northumberland, is a historic market town that is quite charming and well worth a visit. One of the more popular places to visit in Hexham is Hexham Abbey. Portions of the church are actually more than 1,000 years old. Other sights that should not be missed include Old Gaol, which is now a museum, and Moot Hall. Visitors will also find that they can access portions of Hadrian's Wall from Hexham as well. There are ample accommodation options in Hexham, as well as dining, shopping and entertainment venues to satisfy visitors whether dropping in for a day visit or more.
Hexham is located in Northumberland and is home to over 11,000 people. The town was originally a monastery, founded in 674 AD. Most of the original monastery has since been dismantled but the original crypt can still be found in the Hexham Abbey, which itself was built towards the end of the twelfth century, although there has been more reconstruction work since that date as well as the addition of an extra chapel in 1996.
Hexham is home to the Old Gaol, reputedly the oldest purpose built jail in England. Nowadays the building houses a museum instead of prisoners. It contains a number of different collections, including fifteenth and sixteenth century arms and armour. The museum also traces the roots of a number of local families and is regularly used by genealogists to help trace their family trees. Because of its location, Hexham is often used as a base to explore Hadrian's Wall and the Border History Museum located in the Gaol offers lots of information relating the Roman occupation of the area.
During the early 1800's, the town was a major producer of leather goods including saddles, boots and gloves. The Hexham Morrismen keep up the tradition of Morris dancing and you may be able to experience one of their dances during your visit to Hexham.