Hexham’s parish church of St Andrew dates to the 12th century, and reflects the Early English style of architecture. Highlights include the Anglo-Saxon crypt, built using Roman-cut stones from nearby Corbridge; the broad stone staircase known as the Night Stair; and the Frith Stool – a lump of sandstone that has served as a bishops’ throne for more than 1,300 years. A weathered cross shaft is connected to the 8th-century St Acca.
Facilities – at a glance
- Parking nearby
- Fully accessible
- Facilities: Induction loop, ramps, lift, wheelchair available
- Accessible toilets
- Open all year
- Opening Times: Open daily all year, 9–5.30; crypt open at 11 and 3.30 (& at other times when stewards available); exhibition (free) 10–4
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About the area
If it’s history you’re after, there’s heaps of it in Northumberland. On Hadrian’s Wall you can imagine scarlet-cloaked Roman legionaries keeping watch for painted Pictish warriors while cursing the English weather and dreaming of home. Desolate battlefield sites and hulking fortresses such as Alnwick, Dunstanburgh, Bamburgh and Warkworth are reminders that this, until not so very long ago, was a contested border region. The ruins of Lindisfarne bear witness to the region’s early Christian history.
Northumberland also has some of Britain’s best beaches. On summer days, and even in winter, you’ll see surfers and other brave souls making the most of the coast. Inland, there are some great walks and bike rides in the dales of the Cheviot Hills and the Simonsides – just hilly enough to be interesting, without being brutally steep. There's dramatic scenery in the High Pennines, where waterfalls plunge into deep valleys, and there are swathes of heather-scented moorland. Northumberland National Park covers over 400 square miles of moorland and valleys with clear streams and pretty, stone-built villages. It’s just the place for wildlife watching too. You’ll find flocks of puffins, guillemots and other seabirds around the Farne Islands, and seals and dolphins offshore.
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