Travel back over 1,000 years at Bede's World

Jarrow, South Tyneside

Get to know the ‘Father of English History’ in his tranquil monastic base, see historic treasures and learn about life in Anglo-Saxon times.

One of Europe’s first historians, the Venerable Bede lived in a monastery here in Jarrow, northeast England, during the seventh and eighth centuries. It was from here he wrote about England’s religious history, the Bible and made a number of important scientific calculations, such as linking the moon with tides.

Bede’s World tells his incredible story through fascinating displays and exhibits. Discover finds from the monastery’s excavations, marvel at some of Europe’s earliest stained-glass windows, hear the soulful chanting of monks and then head outside to visit the reconstructed Anglo-Saxon farm with rare breed animals. 

However, a visit isn’t complete until you explore atmospheric St Paul’s Church, with its seventh-century chancel and 1,300-year-old windows. Next to the church are the remains of the medieval monastery.

Bede’s World is located 9 miles (14.5km) east of Newcastle, which is itself 2 hours 50 minutes north of London by train.

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Large steel-mesh portraiture of the Venerable Bede, Jarrow, South TynesideLarge steel-mesh portraiture of the Venerable Bede. © Visit South Tyneside
Monastery site at St Pauls Church, Jarrow, South TynesideMonastery site at St Pauls Church. © Visit South Tyneside
Bede's World museum cross, Jarrow, South TynesideBede's World museum cross, Jarrow, South Tyneside. © Visit South Tyneside
The reconstructed Anglo-Saxon farm at Bede's World, Jarrow, South TynesideThe reconstructed Anglo-Saxon farm at Bede's World. © Visit South Tyneside
Monks exhibition at Bede's World.Monks exhibition at Bede's World. © Visit South Tyneside

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