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Hexham is a historic market town in Northumberland, UK.

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There is a railway that connects Hexham with Newcastle upon Tyne and Carlisle, with services operated by Northern [1] and ScotRail [2]. Bus routes 685 (Carlisle to Newcastle) and 602 (Hexham to Newcastle) also connect Hexham with these two cities, from which you can reach anywhere else in Britain.

The A69 is the main road for getting to Hexham and also connects to Newcastle and Carlisle. The A68, from Darlington to Edinburgh, intersects it at Corbridge.

The nearest airport is Newcastle Airport. Despite its name, it is quite a long way out of the centre of Newcastle. To get to Hexham, avoid going to the centre of Newcastle and out again. Use instead the A69, particularly during busy times of the day.

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  • Hexham Abbey is worth a visit. Parts of the church are more than 1000 years old.
  • Historic places in Hexham include the Moot Hall and the Old Gaol, which has been converted into a museum devoted to the history of the Border regions of England and Scotland.
  • Parts of Hadrian's Wall are within easy reach of Hexham. Sites worth visiting include Corstopitum (near Corbridge), Housesteads and Chesters. There is now a long-distance footpath along the entire length of the Wall, starting in Whitehaven and finishing in Wallsend.
  • The Battle of Hexham Levels took place just south of the town. The site can be explored on foot.[3]

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Drop in to the Queen's Hall Arts Centre: a cool theatre, art gallery and cafe.

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There is a highly-regarded farmer's market every second and fourth Saturday of the month from 9:00am-1:30pm in the Hexham Market Place in the town centre. Everything is produced within 50 mi of Hexham, and the market has been named the best in the country by the National Farmers Union.

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Hexham has a large number of drinking establishments. The Tap and Spile, in the main street of Battle Hill, has regular live music. This includes folk sessions on the third Thursday of every month, to which anyone can bring an instrument or their voice, or simply buy a drink and listen. The session begins between 7:00 and 8:00 and usually continues until the pub closes at 11:00. A similar session takes place just down the road at the Royal Hotel on the first Wednesday of each month.

For real ale fans, the historic Dipton Mill Inn in Hexamshire dating back to the 17th century is a must. It has its own micro brewery with five of its ales sold in the pub, pulled by Geoff, who brews them. It has a sunken garden, real fires and serves home made food. The pub is frequented by the local farming community and travellers. It is at the junction of Dipton Mill Road and Guards Lane, NE46 1YA.

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  • The town has many hotels both in and around the town:
  • Langley Castle Hotel, [5].  edit
  • There are also self-catering cottages for hire:

Get out[edit]

  • Visit the Throssel Hole Buddhist Abbey [7] - a Soto Zen contempative center. The abbey is in a beautiful valley a few miles outside Hexham and is home to about 80 ordained members of the sangha. Contact: 01434 345204 (between 9.30-11.15 a.m or 2.30-4.45 p.m. every day)
  • To the south lies the Allendale Valley with its history of lead mining and Pennine way passes to the left of Hexham.
  • In addition to Hadrians Wall, there are other historic attractions like Wallington Hall.
  • Explore the historic Bastle Houses [8]
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