Hexham Hotspots: What to do in and around Hexham
- By Walwick Hall
- August 18, 2021
A historic market town clustered around a beautiful Abbey, our local town of Hexham boasts many wonderful things to see and places to explore just a stone’s throw away from our neighbouring estate. For those of you visiting for just a night or two – or if you’re simply keen to explore the immediate local area – there’s so much to discover and plenty to occupy your time with in between leisurely breakfasts in our Drawing Room and treatments in our Spa.
To help plan your journey to our world away from the norm, we’re focusing on the best of Hexham – uncovering the top sights to see and memorable places to explore, all within easy reach of our boutique Hotel and luxury self-catered suites.
Just a 15 minute drive from our estate, this beautiful country park set on the banks of the River Tyne offers easily accessible walking and cycling routes west along the river to Warden and beyond. Not only is it a great place to explore, but its spacious atmosphere makes it the perfect place for summer picnics or a few refreshing drinks.
Featuring an avenue of beautifully mature trees and stunning views of the 18th century bridge and River Tyne, this park offers all you need to spend an afternoon of relaxation a short drive away from the luxury of our estate.
Right in the heart of Hexham sits the oldest, purpose-built gaol in England. Dating back to the 1330s, choose to brush up on your history as you decide to descend into the dungeon and imagine what life would’ve been like for a prisoner awaiting trial in the nearby Moothall.
A fascinating activity to take part in, learn about the laws of the Borders and trace the Reiver family names back to uncover your own connection to the area’s colourful history. Dig deeper into the local culture with the Border Library Collection and music archive, sure to help you work up an appetite ahead of a seasonal evening meal in The Dining Room on your return.
Housed in a striking Victorian building facing the impressive Hexham Abbey, the Queen’s Hall Arts Centre boasts a 350-seat theatre and two galleries, showcasing a rich programme of music, drama, dance, film, arts and comedy events.
Also home to Hexham Library and the Tourist Information Centre, the building is sure to provide ample inspiration for more things to do and places to explore during your stay with us.
Ranging from formal gardens and woodland walking destinations to the wide-open grassy landscapes of the Sele, Abbey Grounds and Sele Park are a wonderful place to spend a leisurely morning before enjoying an Afternoon Tea back at our estate. Mature trees are present throughout the landscape, providing welcome shade in the summer and an explosion of colour in the autumn.
With a children’s play area nearby, these pretty grounds are perfect for both family activities and romantic strolls, so no matter your type of holiday, you’ll be able to make the most of this nearby destination.
84 miles long, nearly 2000 years old, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and right on our doorstep. Hadrian’s Wall gives a fascinating insight into our Roman heritage. Set in the stunning local landscape of rolling hills and wide skies it really is an inspiring sight to behold.
Whatever your reason for visiting Hadrian’s Wall, be it to discover its history, admire the unique landscape, take on the challenge of walking-the-wall, or just the chance to ‘see it up close and personal’, this is an experience you won’t want to miss – particularly with such close proximity not only to Hexham, but to our estate.
Famous for its position flowing under the Tyne Bridge, the River Tyne runs through Hexham and is also recognised as England’s finest salmon river. A premier fishing destination to experts and novices alike, for those of you looking to entertain a bit of peace and quiet, there’s nothing quite like perching on a calm spot on the River Tyne and exercising a different type of relaxation.
Please remember, however, that all freshwater fishing in England requires both a permit from the owner or manager of the water in question and an Environment Agency National Rod Licence. For guided activities, enquire with winner of BBC’s fishing programme, Earth’s Wildest Waters, James Stokoe.
Home to 1.2 million acres of land, as the least populated and most spacious region in England, there’s so much to explore and discover in our beautiful Northumberland. During your break to our estate, we invite you to indulge in the local delights and immerse yourself in the beauty of our immediate surroundings as you enjoy all that Hexham has to offer. To start planning your stay, find available dates here.