Hexham is the largest town in West Northumberland standing on the banks of the River Tyne. It has an impressive mediaeval abbey, a town full of cobbled streets with an assortment of fascinating little shops.
Walking from the Market Square, through the medieval archway you will see the Hexham Gaol which which was England's first purpose-built prison which houses the Border History Museum. The Gaol is open during the summer months.
During the summer months free walking tours around the town are available - meeting place just outside the Gaol.
Hexham Abbey at the heart of the town dates back to the 7th century and its Saxon crypt may still be seen.
There is a good range of shops in the town including a large number of antique shops.
There is a cinema, leisure centre, ten-pin bowling, theatre and arts centre, or you can have a leisurely stroll in Tyne Green Park.
For further information see www.hexhamnet.co.uk
Trains travel frequently from Hexham to stations on the route to Newcastle and Carlisle