Hexham Abbey is well worth a visit. Parts of the church are more than 1000 years old. It is the centre of the music festival every autumn. It is a vibrant and well attended church. Historic places in Hexham include the Moot Hall and the Old Gaol, which was built between 1330 and 1333 and was used as a prison for almost 500 years. It is now a museum devoted to the history of the Border regions of England and Scotland. Inside its thick stone walls you’ll find interactive displays on archaeology, costumes, armour and textiles.
Drop in to the Queen’s Hall Arts Centre – a friendly theatre with a year round programme, art gallery and cafe. Go shopping at the farmer’s Market – 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 miles of Hexham, and the market has been named the best in the country by the National Farmers Union.
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 seven and eight o’clock, and usually continues until the pub closes at eleven. 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 Dipton Mill Road and Guards Lane .
Up on the “Military Road”, High House Farm Brewery is an award winning working farm and real ale brewery and visitor centre with tearoom, cafe, bar and function room. Brewery tours carried out by appointment only.