Frequently Asked Questions
What is Jarrow Hall?
Jarrow Hall is a visitor attraction suitable for all ages. Alongside a museum dedicated to telling the story of the Venerable Bede - the Father of English History - and the Anglo-Saxon period and people, the 11-acre site also houses a working Anglo-Saxon demonstration farm and reconstruction buildings. The historic Jarrow Hall house is also located within the site; this Grade II-listed Georgian property is currently being renovated and will be home to our new café, Hive Coffee Company, from early 2017.
Who is it operated by?
Jarrow Hall is delivered by the charitable trust Groundwork South Tyneside and Newcastle, in partnership with South Tyneside Council. Groundwork builds skills and improves job prospects, redesigns neglected open spaces for twenty-first century use, helps people make their own decisions about their area, motivates and develops young people, and promotes greener ways of living and working. The vision of Groundwork is built around changing places and changing lives.
When is it open?
Jarrow Hall is open now, welcoming visitors every weekend through to our full launch in April 2017. With extended annual Unlimited passes alongside reduced-rate day admission through to our launch, visitors can support the site, visit the Bede Musuem, Anglo-Saxon farm and reconstructed buildings, and see us continue to develop over the coming months. After our launch, we'll be open additional days with new events, talks, evening activities, a kids' club and much more.
Where is it?
Jarrow Hall can be found on Church Bank, Jarrow, NE32 3DY. We are located close to Charlie's Park and St. Paul's church, an English Heritage site and an essential part of any visit. The remains standing today are from the medieval monastery at Jarrow which was one of Europe's most influential centres of learning and culture in the 7th century, and part of the Anglo-Saxon monastery survives today as the chancel of St Paul's Church.
How much is admission?
During our opening period through to our April 2017 relaunch, specially extended Jarrow Hall Unlimited passes are available, granting unlimited general admission through to April 2018. Alongside this, reduced-rate day admission is also available, and full details can be found here. As Jarrow Hall is managed by a charitable trust, all income goes towards supporting the current and future development of the site.
What refreshments are available?
Hive Coffee Company will open at Jarrow Hall in 2017 - whether you're visiting the Bede Museum and Anglo-Saxon Farm or coming along for a quick coffee, lunch or meeting, our café will be open throughout the week for all to enjoy. In the meantime, visitors are welcome to bring their own food and drink to enjoy in the new Play and Rest Room upstairs in the Bede Museum, or picnic tables are available across the site.
Is Jarrow Hall dog-friendly?
We welcome dogs across the site, and require owners to take full responsibility. Dogs must be kept under control and on a leash throughout the visit. As a family-friendly site with a working farm complete with a number of animal breeds, we ask dog owners to me mindful of the temperament of their pet and take this into consideration when considering a visit.
How would you describe the life of man on Earth?
Like the swift flight of a single sparrow through the banqueting hall...this sparrow flies swiftly in through one window of the hall and out through another. While he is inside, the bird is safe from the winter storms, but after a few moments of comfort, he vanishes from sight into the wintry world from which he came. So man appears on earth for a little while – but of what went before this life, or what follows, we know nothing. (Bede, The Ecclesiastical History of the English People)