Known as 'The Capital of Tynedale', Hexham is a market town which has much to offer. There is a wide range of shops including a large number of speciality antique shops and a weekly market. At it's heart is Heham Abbey, which was founded by St. Wilfred in 674. Only the Anglo Saxon crypt remains to be seen today, with the existing church dating from about 1170-1250. Hexham museum can be found in another historic building, 'the Old Gaol'. Gaol is a medieval term for jail and, indeed, this is the oldest purpose built jail in the country.
In the surrounding are, there is a country park at Tyne Green, a popular spot for boating and fishing. There is also three golf courses to choose from, including the PGA approved Slaley Hall, as well as the Hexham National Hunt Horse Race Course.