If you're looking for an engaging, fun and free day out for the family, a visit to Hexham Abbey could be the perfect solution. There is plenty to keep children occupied and adults inspired, and you are assured of a warm welcome. Here are some ideas for your perfect day out...

Explore the Abbey

With its 1,300 years of history, the Abbey has lots of stories to tell - stories that will entertain and intrigue adults and children alike. You can learn about the history of the Abbey with our visitor guides, these are free of charge - and for something more in-depth we also have audio guides which again are available for adults and children. A full tour of the Abbey takes in over 15 points of interest, including an underground Crypt, Medieval night staircase and a host of secret treasures!

The Big Story

Our exciting exhibition center - The Big Story - brings the history of Hexham Abbey alive, with colourful information panels, interactive displays, hands-on activities and dressing up!

Refectory Café

The bright and airy Refectory Café is the perfect place to relax and refresh yourself after you've explored the Abbey. Our inviting menu is full of mouth-watering treats, all of them freshly prepared on the premises. We have lots of fun and healthy options for children, and our friendly, attentive staff will do all they can to make your family welcome.


There are lots of opportunites for families to enjoy worshipping together at the Abbey. Have a look at our Services page for more information.

Tots’ Praise

A happy little gathering of 0-5s and their carers who meet for stories, songs, prayers, chat, refreshments and fun! Meets every Wednesday at 09.30am in the Abbey.

Messy Church 

Get involved in an afternoon of hands-on messy activities to explore Bible stories and to learn about a God of creativity. Come along for fun, stories, food and friends. Messy Church is for adults and children to enjoy together so children please bring a grown up along with you! Come along on the third Sunday of every month at 3.00pm in Hexham Abbey.

Further Afield

Once you've explored Hexham Abbey, why not see what else Hexham has to offer? See the Explore Hexham page for lots of information about all the exciting, family-friendly activities this lovely ancient market town has to offer.