Corbridge at Christmas

Corbridge Northumberland

Discover Corbridge
Corbridge is so much more than a quiet little Northumberland town - it has a vast history and a Roman heritage that can still be seen today. So, whether you’re a history-lover or an avid shopper, there is something in Corbridge for you to enjoy.

A Destination of Distinction

This is one original and surprising village and small town. Some of the oldest finds in Britain, including rare Roman armour and the Corbridge Lion, are housed in our English Heritage Roman Town. Where you can see a time capsule of Roman life inside the newly refurbished museum and then explore the remains of the streets they once walked. All just a few miles away from the World Heritage Site of Hadrian’s Wall itself and the popular coast to coast Hadrian’s Wall Path.

Corbridge is also known for its large number of independent businesses. The present day Market Place has a baker, art shop, traditional grocer and more. With award-winning Forum Books close by at The Chapel – a stunning transformation of the old Methodist Chapel complete with preserved pulpit – along with Vintage At The Tower.
 

Across the village there are acclaimed independent clothes and shoe shops for fans of fashion, featuring top brands, as well as beauticians and hairdressers. For foodies there are many indy cafes, several historic pubs, a deli, a butcher, and a wine bar. Plus a range of Italian, Indian and English restaurants.

There is much else to discover including jewellers, a baby/nursery store housed in an old converted bank, a cookshop, garden room, florists, gift shops and furniture stores. Plus interior design shops and antique and vintage emporiums. Several are regularly featured on national TV and in magazines and newspapers both in the UK and across the world. And there are excellent hotels and B&Bs to stay in along with a range of self-catering accommodation.

Within one hour's drive

The Romans knew a thing or two about location, location, location. So you will find Corbridge very accessible at the crossroads of the east-west Newcastle to Carlisle A69 and the north-south Edinburgh to Darlington A68. Corbridge Railway Station is on the Tyne Valley line between Newcastle, Hexham and Carlisle with connections to both the East Coast and West Coast main lines. While Corbridge has an excellent bus service, including express buses to and from Newcastle. And Newcastle Airport is just a short drive or taxi ride away.

Hexham and its Abbey and old Gaol are a few miles west of Corbridge. Newcastle, Carlisle, and Europe’s biggest shopping mall, the Metrocentre, are easily reachable by car or public transport. The magical moorlands and wildernesses of the Scottish Borders, peppered with explorable, historic market towns, are near. The Eden Valley and Lake District’s stunning scenery are day trip territory. Kielder’s unique observatory in the Northumberland International Dark Sky Park and Chesters Roman Fort and Museum, Housesteads Roman Fort and Vindolanda are closer still.

Secret streets and courtyards

There is something Dickensian about the secret streets and courtyards of Corbridge, where you never know what is around the next corner. Backstreets like St Helen’s must be explored – and Bishop’s and Old Bakery Yards. Visit The Pele Tower by St Andrew’s Church in Market Place – now a historic Game of Thrones style pub which has to be experienced to be believed. St Andrew’s Church itself is one of the oldest churches in Britain and open to all every day. Tucked into the shadow of the Pele Tower, is the Old Market Cross, which stands atop a Roman altar salvaged from Corstopitum. The cross stood in the marketplace opposite the church throughout the medieval period. It was removed in 1807, restored and re-erected in its present location in 1975. Our bridge, the oldest surviving over the Tyne, looks over lovely river walks. While Aydon Castle is a short drive or interesting walk away.


Also check out three Historic Corbridge Trails. Including one – A Corbridge Walk Through Time – which also features on the national TrailTale app for smartphones with a ‘live ’GPS map as you walk. You can download the TrailTale app free from the Apple App Store for iPhones or Google Play for Android devices.

Events and attractions

There is always something happening here. Including our Midsummer Evening and the Christmas In Corbridge night which attract up to 12,000 visitors at a time. With some 5,000 attending the twinkling and not to be missed St Andrew’s Church Christmas Tree Festival every year. While June sees the Tynedale Beer and Cider Festival and also the annual Steam and Vintage Rally. Forum Books at The Chapel holds regular author events and talks, attracting the likes of David Walliams and Michael Palin to Corbridge. With a village population of over 4,000, Tynedale Rugby Club and Corbridge’s Cricket, Quoits and Tennis Clubs host regular games and events. Golf courses are nearby at Hexham, Slaley Hall and Matfen.
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