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Hexham Abbey Project

Our Abbey Church, founded in 674AD by St Wilfrid, has embarked upon an exciting new chapter of its life with the completion of a major restoration of our medieval former monastery buildings. This important work has created an interactive visitor exhibition, a cafe, conference and function facilities, and community meeting facilities.

The wonderful reuniting of this historic site for the first time in 500 years marks the beginning of a new phase of the Abbey’s 1,340-year life. It has been made possible by the hard work of the Abbey community and the generous support of our donors, including the Heritage Lottery Fund, without whom this ambitious Project would not have begun.

FlyerThe new visitor centre and exhibition area will strengthen the Abbey’s links with the local community in Hexham and the wider area of North East England.

The Project has enabled us to develop the buildings as a focal point for learning and participation, showcasing the Abbey’s archaeology and treasures dating from the 7th Century, St Wilfrid and its links to Roman times.

It is also increasing opportunities for local people and visitors to engage with the heritage of the site and learn more about the Abbey and the major role it has played in the development of Hexham and the Tyne Valley, and the Christian heritage of the North East.

The development will contribute to the economy of the local area by increasing the number of visitors to the Abbey and encouraging visitors to stay longer in the town, and also in providing meeting and function rooms for the community and commercial organisations.