Vindolanda and the Roman Army Museum showcase the Roman Wall and Roman military presence on the northern border of their domain in Britain. There is still excavation going on and the sites have substantial information, plus one can see parts of a Roman fort and resconstructed towers, etc.more
The Crypt of the Abbey has some interesting throw-offs from the past. For example, there are several artifacts from Roman Britain, including the tombstone of a soldier who was stationed here, and fragments of a Roman temple. There's also this fascinating Saxon-era altarpiece, perhaps from the 8th or 9th century. The carved figures are not at all...more
It's unusual to see rood (altar) screen paintings in England. The Puritans did an effective job of destroying most of them in the 17th century. (In some ways, they were England's versions of the Taliban. . . Not all ways, though.) The rood screen at Hexham is very well preserved. Among the subjects depicted here is "The Dance of Death."more
Simon Jenkins gives Hexham Abbey four stars in his extremely useful guidebook, "England's Thousand Best Churches." (I highly recommend it to anyone interested in English church-hopping.) The church is the epitome of the tradition of architecture by accretion: Anglo-Saxon foundations, early medieval staircase, renaissance era rood screen, twentieth...more
On arrival at this hotel, having paid in full by credit card in advance, we were told there was no...more
Langley-on-Tyne, Hexham, NE47 5LU, United Kingdom
Good for: Solo
Wark Village, Hexham, NE48 3LS, United Kingdom
Good for: Families
The whole set up at Saathi is excellent - the food is outstanding. We have never had a bad meal. We find the extra pull is the fact that the food is slightly unique to that of other resteraunts in terms of the way in which it is cooked and/or the recipies they use. This makes ordering here a little more exciting. The service is top notch and very...more
One of the best Indian restaurants I have ever eaten in! The food is delicious - everything I have tried on the menu has been exceptional. Service is first class. The ambience is pleasant, without the usual problem of having too many tables crammed in. I eat at this restaurant relatively frequently, and have yet to have a disappointing meal....more
A small restaurant, set just off Hexham's main street. There's a great variety of food, all listed on the blackboards. Staff are all very friendly, particulary the owner. They also have an extensive wine list. The fish dishes are always excellent. Oh, and leave room for pudding!more
To get to Langley Castle without a car, you'll need to take the train to Newcastle, then change for Hexham (it's a frequent route on a smaller train, leaving several times a day), about 30 minutes west of Newcastle. Then hire a taxi (waiting at the Hexham station) to Langley Castle--the driver will know where to go!
On the second Saturday of every month, we have a Farmers Market in Hexham - lots of stalls, selling local fresh produce. It's usually pretty busy, and they sell out of things quite quickly sometimes, so you'd be wise to get there early.
As well as meat from local farms, there's dairy products, cakes, wooden cabinets, sheepskin rugs, walking sticks....all sorts, really!
What to buy: The Jersey milk is quite delicious, and in summer, someone sells homemade ice cream which is out of this world!
What to pay: Depends on what you buy. it's a bit more expensive than the "normal" shops, but the quality is worth that bit extra, in my opinion!
Just down a country lane from the castle, we found this idyllic gate and stone fence, with sheep grazing in the background. How much more peaceful could you get? And this picture doesn't even do it justice.
A striking arrangement of buildings in the center of town. This view is through the archway of the Moothall, a fifthteenth century Baliff's hall that was constructed when Hexham was under constant threat of attack from Scotland. Currently there's a small art gallery in the basement of the Moothall.more