Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How long should I plan to visit Jarrow Hall?

We recommend allowing at least half a day for your visit should you wish to complete the full tour of the Anglo-Saxon Farm, Village and Bede Museum.

A visit St. Pauls Church and Monastery will take between 1 hour and 1.5 hours.

If you wish to enjoy light refreshments at Hive Coffee Company and visit the Herb Garden, allow approximately 1 to 1.5 hours.

Charlies Park (Drewitts Park) is located right next door with children’s play area can also be accessed as part of your visit. Allow 30+mins. 

When is Jarrow Hall open?

We are open Thursday – Sunday mid February to mid December, 10:00am to 4:00pm daily. Additional days and special events can be found under the ‘What’s on’ menu.

Hive Coffee Company, inside Jarrow Hall House, is an independent coffee shop and their hours are different to the Museum. For their latest information, visit Hive Coffee Company website.

St. Paul’s Church is a living Church and has a regular programme of Christian Worship in addition to having Volunteers who are delighted to share the history of the Church and Medieval Monastery with people of all faiths or none. They also have a small gift shop. St. Pauls Church opening hours can be found here.

Where is Jarrow Hall located?

Our address is:
Jarrow Hall,
Church Bank,
Tyne and Wear,

NE32 3DY

The site was formerly known as Bede’s World and some local signage still shows this name. We are next to Drewitts Park, the River Don and St. Paul’s Church. We are very close to both Tyne Tunnels (Road and pedestrian/cycle tunnels).

What do you offer for children at Jarrow Hall?

There is lots to see and do at Jarrow Hall for children of all ages. Check out our Kids Activity Page to see what’s on every day and special events.

Can I bring my dog?

We are very dog-friendly both inside the museum building and outdoors! We do however have museum cats and so this is worth bearing in mind.

Ask at reception for a dog treat and water bowl.

*Please note: If we have Avian Influenza restrictions in place then we are unable to allow any dogs onto the farm and village, but if this is the case there will be clear updates on our social media.

Can I use a buggy, wheelchair or mobility scooter at Jarrow Hall?

Yes. Some areas of the farm and village have soft or uneven ground but the majority is fully accessible. We are making constant improvements to the site to be as inclusive as possible.

We welcome your suggestions.

Do you have quiet times for visitors with additional needs?

We don’t have a regular programme of quiet times currently but if you visit on a Thursday or Friday during term time or after 2pm on a weekend, we usually have fewer visitors. If you send us an enquiry we will do our best to discuss your needs so you can decide if there is anything we can do to support a visit.

We have Sensory Backpacks available at reception as part of our museum offer which include fidget toys and ear defenders, etc. Please ask at Jarrow Hall reception for more information.

How do I get to Jarrow Hall on foot, public transport or by bike?

Go North East bus number 27, The Crusader, runs from Newcastle City Centre to South Shields passing through many connecting transport hubs. The bus stops are very close to the main entrance, ask for Jarrow Hall / St. Pauls. Full information on the service is available here.

The best Metro Station to use is Jarrow. From there, we are about a 10 minute walk. (Bede Metro Station is also available but involves finding your way through an industrial estate and crossing over a very busy main road). We are on the South Shields to St. James’ line on the metro. View Metro Map here. For more information about public transport visit Nexus.

Please note: some signage still has “Bede’s World” on it. Many locals still refer to us as Bede’s World: this can be useful to know if asking for help with directions or following the finger signs from Jarrow Town Centre. We are about a 10 minute walk from Jarrow Town Centre and the southern end of the historic Tyne Pedestrian and Cycle Tunnel.

We are on National Cycle Network route 14, known as the Keelman’s Way. You can secure your bike here and staff will happily store your helmet or pannier bags for you or even charge your e-bike battery while you visit.

Is there free parking?

Yes! we have ample FREE parking in two car parks. These are private car parks and both are locked overnight once the museum and Hive Coffee Co. close. 

Please note: We will lock you in when the site closes at 4:30pm! Please bear this in mind especially if your are visiting Charlies Park or St. Paul’s Church. Please leave the small car park available for those with access needs.

Use the larger car park on the opposite side of the road if you are able to. If you drive an electric vehicle, there are two spaces in the small car park nearest the museum which provide charging points.

How much does is cost to visit?

See our Tickets section for full ticket information and prices. Pay once and visit Jarrow Hall for 12 months. *Additional charges may be applied for special events. We offer discounted rates for Carers, Max Card holders and other concessions on our ticket prices. Please visit our Tickets section for further details and to purchase.

Do Carers get in for free?

Yes. See our Tickets section including Additional Information for details

Do you accept National Trust/ English Heritage/ Museums Association memberships?

If you are a member of the Museums Association, you will be able to gain entry to the museum for free. Unfortunately, we are not linked with English Heritage or National Trust therefore we can not accept entry with membership to these organisations. 

Can I visit St. Pauls Church and Monastery while I’m there?

We hold and display a permanent exhibition of archaeological finds belonging to the medieval monastic site at neighbouring St. Paul’s Church. Check out our Collections Page to find out more. You can visit the Site of the Monastery and St. Paul’s Church which is a short walk away. For more information about visiting the church, see their Facebook.

Find out more about the history of St. Pauls Church here.

Do I have to book in advance or, can I just turn up on the day?

All visitors must have a valid Ticket for entry into Jarrow Hall. These can be purchased at the museum reception or online via our Ticket page. Pay once and visit for 12 months. Special events may incur an additional charge.

Can I bring a picnic?

Yes, just put your litter in the bin provided or even better take it home with you! There are picnic tables on the grass beside the natural play space and inside the museum building. Feel free to use them, but please clean up after yourself.

The picnic tables behind Jarrow Hall House are for Hive Coffee Company customers only. They are open Monday – Sunday 9-4pm. Menus are updated weekly on the Hive Facebook and website.

Do you rescue animals?

Careful consideration is taken by the farm manager before agreeing to rehome any animal here at Jarrow Hall. Our farm team need to be confident that they can give every animal a high quality of life and priority is given to rare, ancient and native breeds or, those which help to educate our visitors about the development of farm animals throughout the ages. To enquire about our farm and animals, please get in touch here.

Do you take waste food for the animals?

Whole, raw fruits and vegetables which can be inspected by our farm team can be fed to some of our animals, however we cannot take peelings or general food waste.Find out more about our farm animals. You can make a donation to help support our farm on the Jarrow Hall Just Giving page.

I think I dropped something. Has it been handed in?

We store any lost property until the end of the calendar year after which any left and unwanted items are donated to charity, where appropriate. Please get in touch if you think you have left something behind. 

Do you take on work experience placements?

Unfortunately, we have very limited resources to support work experience placements and due to our close working relationship with Groundwork’s SEN Route2Work College, priority is given to the students attending the college. However, we welcome you to get in touch and let us know how we can help. 

Perhaps you would enjoy volunteering with us? See how you can get involved as a volunteer.

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