Destination guide

Old Hexham still stands

Walking in Hexham can feel like walking in the Northumberland of old. Here, 1,300-year-old abbeys tower overhead and stone-faced Gothic gaols lurk ominously on the corners. It's been a market town as long as anyone can remember, and it still bustles with a certain workaday charm. Hearty farmers' markets still take place beneath the 14th-century outline of Moot Hall, pubs still ooze classic English character. That said, there's really one main draw that keeps folks flocking to Hexham holiday rentals – the proximity to UNESCO-tagged Hadrian's Wall.

Things to do

Walking the wall in Hexham

One attraction looms large over all others in Hexham. It can be found wiggling over the Northumberland hills just to the north of town, a UNESCO site, and one of the UK's most iconic relics of the Roman age – Hadrian's Wall. Chesters Roman Fort and Museum is a fine place to begin exploring the unearthed barracks buildings that dot the whole length of the bulwarks. A little to the west is the Housesteads Roman Fort, with ancient toilets and centurion weaponry. Then there's Vindolanda, with its ruined bathhouse excavations.


Unravelling Hexham's history

Before pulling on the walking boots or hopping in the car to see the meandering stones of Hadrian's Wall, it can be hugely rewarding to spend some time getting to grips with the long history of Hexham itself. Simply wandering the streets should help. They are lined with everything from Augustinian churches to the rough-stone Hexham Old Gaol. You can delve into those buildings to discover haunting cloisters and exhibits that chronicle the warring tale of the Northumberland region. There's also a fantastic Saturday market on the main square, twice each month.


Eerie rains or warming sun in Hexham

Hexham can get wet and cold – like, sub-zero cold – in the winter, but then there are plenty of cosy little English cottage-style Hexham holiday rentals to pick from to keep you snug as the snows fall outside. In fact, some people love to walk the hills of the Northumberland National Park during months like December and January, finding them empty and wild. Most people choose to hike along Hadrian's Wall in the summer, though. The sun shines a lot between June and August and the days are more likely to be dry.

Natural features

Hexham – on the edge of the park

Lovers of the great English outdoors will be pleased to find loads of Hexham holiday rentals dotting the countryside to the north of town. That's not only where Hadrian's Wall goes up and down over the hills, but also where the vast Northumberland National Park starts. You can wax down the walking boots and trek into the tranquillity of the countryside to discover landscapes of wooded valleys and rocky bluffs, spear-like trees – check the Kielder Forest – and blustery crags, all criss-crossed by famous hiking trails, like the Pennine Way.

How to get there

How to get to and around Hexham

The nearest airport is in Newcastle (NCL-Newcastle Intl.), located 16.1 mi (26 km) from the city centre. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you could also fly into Carlisle (CAX), which is 28.1 mi (45.2 km) away.

If you prefer to travel by train, Hexham Station, Haydon Bridge Station and Bardon Mill Station are the main stations in the area.

How many holiday rentals are available around Hexham?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 492 holiday lettings around Hexham. From 398 cottages to 398 cabins, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

Can I rent a rural property in Hexham?

If you are seeking some time out from city life, listen up! Leave the noisy hustle and bustle behind and surround yourself with the sweet sounds of the countryside. HomeAway has 131 rural rental properties in this destination. Alternatively, you might prefer to try another type of setting. HomeAway has a great range of options to choose from, including:

  • 57 village holiday accommodation options.
  • 46 riverside holiday accommodation options.
  • 30 town holiday accommodation options.

Can I rent a house in Hexham?

Say goodbye to standardized, cookie cutter hotel-chain rooms. Our house holiday rentals have an unique, personal touch — as well as all the space you and your group could need! There are 261 houses listed on HomeAway. Prices start from £60 per night. If that doesn't fit with your crew's style, we've got a range of other self-catering accommodation options to pick from, such as:

  • Cottage: 215 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £40 per night.
  • Apartment: 22 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £67 per night.
  • Bed & breakfast: 17 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £55 per night.

Can I stay in Hexham in a large group?

Getting together with your favourite people can be tons of fun, especially when you're staying under the same roof in an awesome new place! If you're visiting with a big group, HomeAway can help you. Why not have a look at the 56 house holiday rentals listed here? They're the top choice for big groups of guests. Properties in the area that can cater for large groups include:

  • If yours is a crew of 6, we offer 230 rental properties appropriate for that size. Spend a night for as little as £40.
  • Need a holiday rental for 8 people? We have 78 that will serve you well. You can book one for as little as £100 a night.
  • Searching for holiday rentals catering to 5 guests? You'll be happy to find out we have 62 that'll be perfect. You can secure one for as little as £40 a night.

Your whole squad will be well catered to when you arrange your Hexham adventure through us!