Beaumont street in Hexham

What to do in Hexham, Northumberland?

This Easter weekend, we went to Hexham for a three nights holiday. It is approximately four hours from London. We took a train journey from London King’s Cross to Newcastle using Virgin train then continue from Newcastle to Hexham using Northern Railway. Hexham is a beautiful little town. The city centre is quite small but full of shops. It is very easy to walk to anywhere within the city centre.

Hexham City Centre
Hexham City Centre
Hexham Abbey quarter
Hexham historic quarter
Beaumont street in Hexham
Beaumont street in Hexham

Here are the activities to do in Hexham:

Antiquing in Hexham

There are about four antique shops in Hexham. The first one that we visited was actually closed on Easter. It is called The Medal Centre. My husband was sad that it was closed on Easter, because he is looking forward to buy some medals. The second antique shop that we visited is Ashbourne House Antiques. There are quite many collection of antiques in this shop.

Ashbourne House Hexham
Ashbourne House Hexham
Ashbourne House antiques
Ashbourne House antiques
Inside the Ashbourne House antiques
Inside the Ashbourne House antiques
Antique glasses at Asbourne House
Antique glasses at Ashbourne House
Cutleries at Ashbourne House
Cutleries at Ashbourne House
Porcelains at Ashbourne House antiques
Porcelains at Ashbourne House antiques

I would say the shop price is very reasonable. Though there are not many of antique silver or jewellery collection. However, I have found a nice little brooch for myself which I am very pleased. Please see here for my little piece of Victorian brooch.

Collections of Ashbourne House
Collections of Ashbourne House

The third antique shop that we visited is Opulence. I didn’t take a picture of this antique shop. There are many collection of jewellery and also silver. Though I have to say that the price is rather expensive. My husband did buy an Art Deco vesta case and a small sterling silver box. The last shop that we visited is called The Vintage Emporium. I must say it is a rather ‘vintage’ than antique, although you can also spot some antiques in this shop.

The Vintage Emporium
The Vintage Emporium

It is a rather large shop. It consists of four floors including a tea room for a cuppa of tea or refreshment. Different floor on different corner has its own taste; probably different owner too.

Vintage Emporium in Hexham
Vintage Emporium in Hexham
Vintage Emporium collection
Collection at one of the floors
Vintage collection
Collection near the stairs

How much is the room, please?

Rooms price
How much is the room, please?
Vintage bric-a-brac
Vintage bric-a-brac
Vintage Emporium sign
Vintage Emporium sign: more upstairs
Record Player
Record Player

We bought a 1960’s silver plated bear money box. This is a present for my Mother in law as she loves bear so much.

Glasses at Vintage Emporium in Hexham
Glasses collection
Vintage Collection at Vintage Emporium
Another corner another vintage

Hexham Abbey

When in Hexham, don’t forget to see the historic Hexham Abbey.

Hexham Abbey front door
Hexham Abbey front door
Beautiful old stairs at Hexham Abbey
Beautiful old stairs at Hexham Abbey
Hexham Abbey altar near the entrance
Hexham Abbey altar near the entrance
Hexham Abbey near the entrance
Hexham Abbey near the entrance: there is a small obelisk/monument
Hexham Abbey stained glass windows
Hexham Abbey stained glass windows

There is a Roman stone at the Hexham Abbey. According to the local guide in Housesteads, this stone depicts a Commanding Officer (holding a kind of standard bearer flag) appears to be victorious by ‘kicking’ a Brigante (tribe in North England). Which in fact, according to the guide, the history is rather the other way around, as the Brigantes are rebellious and gave the Romans a difficult time.

Roman stone at Hexham Abbey
Roman stone at Hexham Abbey

The altar of the Abbey is quite stunning.

Hexham Abbey main altar
Hexham Abbey main altar
Beautiful main altar of Hexham Abbey
Stunning altar!
Beautiful old podium at Hexham Abbey
Beautiful old podium at Hexham Abbey

There is also a seventh century Crypt beneath the Abbey.

The Crypt at Hexham Abbey
The Crypt at Hexham Abbey
Hexham Abbey architecture
Hexham Abbey architecture
Full view of Hexham Abbey
Full view of Hexham Abbey
Hexham Abbey at the heart of Hexham
Hexham Abbey at the heart of Hexham

Pubs in Hexham

We visited two pubs in Hexham. The first one is The Heart of Northumberland.

The Heart of Northumberland
The Heart of Northumberland

It is a lovely pub with delicious food.

The Heart of Northumberland pub
Cozy pub

The beef on the beef burger is fresh, thick, and delicious. The sausages and mash is also great – perfect for a cold weather.

Northumberland sausages and mash and Beef burger
Northumberland sausages and mash and Beef burger

This is the menu of The Heart of Northumberland:

The Heart of Northumberland menu
The Heart of Northumberland menu

They also serve real ales. When we were there, there are four types of real ales.

The Heart of Northumberland bar
The Heart of Northumberland bar
Drinks from the Heart of Northumberland
Drinks from the Heart of Northumberland
Fireplace at the Heart of Northumberland
Warm fireplace

The second pub in Hexham is The Globe Inn. My husband loves the real ales in this pub.

The Globe Inn
The Globe Inn

Dining in Hexham

There are plenty of restaurants in Hexham. We choose Chinese and Indian restaurant during our stay.

Golden Dragon Chinese in Hexham
Golden Dragon Chinese food in Hexham

The Chinese restaurant is called the Golden Dragon. The food is superb and is reasonably priced. And for the Indian food, we choose Zyka restaurant. The king prawn Lubi is delicious. However it does not include rice, so you have to order it separately. Plus if you have the papadam, the extra sauces, and the starter, the bill will be quite high.

Zyka Indian restaurant in Hexham
Zyka Indian restaurant in Hexham

 

Where to stay?

We stay in The Beaumont hotel. It is located at the Beaumont street. The hotel is nice and clean and it is quite modern inside. I was told that it had been refurbished recently.

The Beaumont Hexham hotel
The Beaumont Hexham hotel
The Beaumont Hotel
The Beaumont Hotel signature

Our room is on the second floor. It is clean and modern. It has two windows overlooking the street.

Beaumont hotel bedroom
Beaumont hotel bedroom
The Beaumont view from the room
View from the room

It is also equipped with a safe.

Beaumont Hotel Safe
Beaumont Hotel safe
The Beaumont Hexham bathroom
Clean and modern bathroom

This is the interior of the hotel: stairs and some of the wall photographs/paintings.

Stairs at The Beaumont
Stairs at The Beaumont
The Beaumont decoration
The Beaumont decorations

They serve a cooked English breakfast with a selection of pastries, croissant, bread and jams. There is open kitchen at the restaurant.

Breakfast at The Beaumont
Breakfast at The Beaumont

The bar also serves two real ales.

Drinks at The Beaumont bar
Drinks at The Beaumont bar
The Beaumont Hotel bar with open kitchen
The Beaumont Hotel bar with open kitchen

You can see the Hexham abbey from the lobby.

View of Hexham Abbey from The Beaumont hotel
View of Hexham Abbey from The Beaumont hotel

I recommend this hotel is you are in/around Hexham.

The Beaumont front door
The Beaumont front door

And there is also a Catholic church if you need one!

St Mary's Catholic Church
St Mary’s Catholic Church in Hexham

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