Hexham Abbey

Hexham Abbey

Hexham Abbey is a living, vibrant church drawing upon a long and prayerful heritage. It is a place where all are welcome and God’s love is enjoyed, celebrated and shared. The Abbey’s stated mission is to be an open community of Christ’s disciples, sharing our worship, engaging our faith with the world and offering our lives to serve God’s kingdom.

Key information


Kirsty Wills

Compliance and Support Manager




Parish Office


NE46 3NB

About Hexham Abbey

In the past few years, Hexham Abbey has reunited our magnificent Abbey Church with its former Priory Buildings to develop wonderful new facilities accessible to all. We now have an exciting opportunity to unite our spiritual ministry with our outreach to the wider community and the 120,000 visitors, tourists and pilgrims who step through our doors every year.

A place of worship since AD 674, Hexham Abbey is an important link in the chain of Christianity in Northumbria from the 7th Century to the present day. Some 120,000 visitors, tourists and pilgrims enter the Abbey each year for services, private prayer, historical interest and quiet space. The Abbey is also regularly used for diocesan and civic services, and for a variety of special celebrations.

Thus, the Abbey is a good deal more than a parish church. It is Grade I-listed, the mother church of Tynedale and it gives Hexham its character as an Abbey town, where the church is a visible and public focus of community life. Hence, its mission, liturgy and spirituality have an essentially outward-facing character as well as helping to shape and inspire the life of its congregation.