Corbridge was a busy, bustling supply base for Roman troops originally – and is a rich source of supplies today. From the Curry Train to the Corbridge Hoard, Corbridge is one original and surprising village. The oldest handwritten documents in Britain and rare Roman armour, the Corbridge Hoard, are housed in the old Roman part of the village, where you can explore a time-capsule of Roman life.
The market square now has artisan bookshops and bakers and crafts for the makers. There are independent clothes and shoe shops for the fashionistas, featuring top brands, as well as beauticians and hairdressers. For foodies, there are independent cafes, pubs, delis, grocers’ and butchers’ shops, wine-bars – and Italian, Indian, Chinese and English restaurants. If you’re arty, seek out galleries, craft, fabric and interior design shops, art suppliers and antique and vintage emporiums. There’s even a theatrical loft! And there are excellent hotels and B and Bs.
Secret Streets and Courtyards
There’s something more Venetian than Roman about the secret streets and courtyards of Corbridge, where you never know what’s round the corner. Sneaky backstreets like St Helen’s must be explored – and Bishop’s and Old Bakery Yards. Gaze at Pele towers; a Saxon church; mullioned and oriel windows and soft, golden stone. The hills of Northumberland surround you and the medieval village plan has changed little. Past the village lie Aydon Castle and the bridge, originally medieval, that looks over walks along the Tyne. Bring bread for the ducks!
Markets and Clubs
From Midsummer Market to Corbridge Christmas, Corbridge’s calendar is full. Christmas means carols in the square, burning coals in the courtyards and a warm welcome in those independent shops. For musos there’s the Corbridge Festival and June sees the Tynedale Beer Festival and Steam and Vintage Rally. With a village population of 3 500, Tynedale Rugby Club and Corbridge’s Cricket and Tennis Clubs host regular games and events. Golf courses are nearby at Hexham, Slaley Hall and Matfen.
Within One Hour’s Drive
A riverside walk away lie Hexham and its abbey and old Gaol. Newcastle, Carlisle, and Europe’s biggest shopping mall, the Metrocentre, are easily reachable by car or train. 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 and the Housesteads Roman fort are closer still.
Can You Find…?
- The Harry Potteresque hidey-hole for young book lovers to curl up in
- A vintage and lifestyle emporium, connected to Liberty’s, tucked inside a courtyard
- The people’s bread oven, sitting tight in a Saxon church wall
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