Frequently Asked Questions
Jarrow Hall is a historical and environmental oasis in the heart of Tyneside, and a visitor attraction suitable for all ages.
Alongside a museum dedicated to telling the story of Bede - the Father of English History - and the Anglo-Saxon period and people, the 11-acre site also houses an 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 home to our coffee shop, Hive Coffee Company, open seven days a week.
Jarrow Hall is currently open for the Winter Season Thursday to Sunday 10am to 4pm, and every day throughout the school holidays. For more information, including seasonal closures, see our Opening Times and Visitor Information.
Jarrow Hall can be found on Church Bank, Jarrow, NE32 3DY.
We are located right next to Drewetts Park and a short walk away from 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.
Visitors will note that fixed road signage describes the site as 'Bede's Word', the name of the organisation which operated the site until February 2016. Such road signage is a the responsibility of the local authority and Highways England, and we are working with South Tyneside Council to replace these signs as soon as is reasonably practicable.
Unlimited annual passes are available at £15 per adult and £10 per child, and Day Admission is also available at £5 per adult and £3 per child. Full details of admissions and concessions can be found here.
Jarrow Hall is a completely independent museum managed by a charitable trust, and all income goes towards supporting our charitable remit and the future development of the site. We deeply appreciate the support of all of our visitors - both local and from across the world - in joining us to ensure we can sustain Jarrow Hall for years to come.
We accept contactless (e.g. Apple Pay, Android Pay or any bank mobile application that supports contactless), all major debit cards, credit cards and cash. We do not charge fees for non-cash transactions and have no lower limit for payments. Hive Coffee Company have a lower limit of £1.00.
We have substantial complimentary parking for cars and coaches in our main car park on Church Bank, located directly across the road from our main entrance. A pedestrian light-controlled crossing is located between this car park and our main entrance, and we advise all visitors to use this for their own safety.
We have a smaller car park within the main entrance of our site with dedicated blue badge spaces for disabled persons, as well as a limited number of bike racks. Visitors who have limited mobility, are pregnant or who have any issues which mean they would prefer to park closer to our building are welcome to use the non-blue badge spaces in this small car park, and we ask all visitors to be mindful of their own needs and those of other users when considering this.
Our small car park also contains an electric car charging point alongside reserved spaces for service and emergency vehicles, as well as those of the Groundwork STAN Land Team. These reserved spaces are signed and identified by yellow cones, and anyone using these spaces may be asked to leave or otherwise have a note popped under their windscreen wiper giving advice for parking on their next visit.
Wi-Fi is freely available around the Bede Museum reception (name: JarrowHall password: Bede2016) and at Hive Coffee Company in Jarrow Hall House (name: HiveCoffeeCompany password: Honeycomb2017).
Events tickets are available from the Bede Museum reception or online. They are also available over the phone during public opening hours. We do not charge fees for online or phone bookings. Tickets bought online can be presented on the device of the purchaser when attending the event, so there is no need to print anything out. All tickets are released to our Unlimited Pass holders first via email.
ID may be requested on arrival at any event to confirm purchaser and any concessions, and entry may be refused with no refund if ID cannot be provided.
Hive Coffee Company is open seven days a week - whether you're visiting the Bede Museum and Anglo-Saxon Farm or coming along for a quick coffee, lunch or meeting, our coffee shop is open for all to enjoy. A small selection of soft drinks and water are available at the Bede Museum reception, while alcoholic beverages are available at most ticketed events.
Visitors are welcome to bring Hive Coffee Company goods or their own food and drink to enjoy in the Play and Seating Room upstairs in the Bede Museum, or any of the picnic tables available across the site.
For the sale of alcohol, we will require credible photographic proof of age evidence from any person who appears to be under the age of 18 years and who is seeking to purchase or consume alcohol on the premises. This must be a passport, photographic driving license, or Proof of Age card carrying a "PASS" logo.
We are currently welcoming applications from people who would like to volunteer with us. Make new friends, gain new skills and experience by helping in our museum, reception and gift shop, delivering tours for visitors, helping across our farm, grounds and herb garden, or becoming part of our everyday living history (full launch summer 2018).
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.
Owners are responsible for their needs and should pick up after their dog – we can provide waste bags at the Bede Museum reception if needed. We advise against leaving your dog in your car for any period of time.
The animals who live at Jarrow Hall are looked after by a dedicated team committed to ensuring their welfare and safety. While visitors can see rare breeds representative of the kinds of animals the Anglo-Saxons would have known, our farm is purely for demonstration purposes. We do not sell milk or eggs from the animals and they are not slaughtered for meat, instead living out their days on our site.
We attempt through our interpretation to inform visitors about how the Anglo-Saxons would traditionally have lived and worked with animals, while increasingly providing modern information on animal sentience and cognitive capacities to encourage visitors to think about our relationship to animals in our world today.
As part of our ongoing development of the site and grounds we are making continuous improvements to the homes and welfare of our animal residents.
We took on the site in March 2016, investing over £130,000 from the Groundwork STAN charitable reserves into essential repairs and improvements. Despite this, much work still remains to do over the coming years across our buildings and grounds to manage the long-term issues we have inherited.
We are prioritising works which ensure the health and safety of our visitors, staff, volunteers and animal residents, while continuing to make short and long term cosmetic improvements. As an independent site, we rely on income from our visitors and supporters to enable us to continue making these essential improvements.
Our spaces are available for hire for a wide range of events, including weddings, corporate, creative and for filming. Alongside our range of room rates and packages, we are also happy to speak to you about whatever you would like to do at Jarrow Hall.
Jarrow Hall is delivered by the charitable trust Groundwork South Tyneside and Newcastle, in partnership with South Tyneside Council and supported by Port of Tyne. 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.
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)