AS restoration work gets underway at a historic Hexham pub, the public is invited to tour the building.

The Coach and Horses, in Priestpopple, Hexham, has offered hospitality to local residents and visitors since at least 1834.

The old coaching inn is now undergoing a restoration project to preserve, upgrade and breathe new life into the building.


Participants on the tours will have the opportunity to hear about the history of the inn, see the work in progress and meet those restoring the building. 

The restoration scheme has been awarded £240k through the Hexham High Streets Heritage Action Zone scheme (HSHAZ) - part of a £95 million government-funded programme led by Historic England designed to secure lasting improvements and breathe new life into historic high streets. Property owner Admiral Taverns, the UK’s leading community pub group, is also investing £460,000 into the restoration.

The tours are also part of the HSHAZ scheme aimed at engaging and educating the local community about the history of the town.

Northumberland County Councillor Wojciech Ploszaj, cabinet member for business said: “The inn was built in the era of the stagecoach, so it has a vibrant and interesting past. 

"I encourage anyone who has an interest in the history of Hexham, or who would like to learn more about the work that is taking place to restore the heart of the town, to take advantage of the free event.”

The tours will take place on Tuesday, May 24 and Wednesday, June 15 between 1.30-2.30pm. 

To pre-book a free place go to  Spaces will be limited on each tour as it is a live construction site. Hard hats will be provided and flat, sensible footwear is advised.