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Holidays in Hadrian

Holidays in Hadrian's Wall Country

Surrounded by landscapes that are steeped in Roman history, Hadrian's Wall Country and the beautiful, historic towns of Hexham and Corbridge will never disappoint! There’s so much to see and do in this area that you’ll need more than just a day to explore. Perhaps visit over a long weekend or as a family during school holidays, like February half-term. Whether you’ve spent a morning learning about Hexham’s history or an afternoon venturing along the wall, our Hadrian's Wall holiday cottages will help to ensure you get the rest you deserve when night falls.

Hadrian's Wall

Hadrian’s Wall

Hadrian’s Wall is one of the largest historical remnants of Roman life in Northern Europe. Stretching 80 Roman miles from coast-to-coast, this ancient edifice is one of the region's best-loved and most popular visitor attractions. Some buildings along the wall have survived and in some cases partially restored, like the Roman forts of Birdoswald and Housesteads. These days marked trails originate from these forts.

The wall was originally built by the Roman army after a visit to the UK by the Emperor Hadrian circa AD122. I would mark the north-western frontier of the empire. It was constructed to guard everything south of the wall from the barbarians to the north. It is thought that the wall too 6 years to build with 14 forts and many more mile castles along its length. It mainly consists of stonework but the first 30 miles starting from the east coast are of turf.  The wall was devalued in AD138 when Hadrian’s successor Antoninus Pius decided to build his own frontier, the lesser known turf fortification, The Antonine Line further north. For an abridged history of Hadrian’s Wall, and a guide to the visitor centres and earthworks at Housesteads, Vallum and Birdsoswald visit here.

Our guide to Hadrian’s Wall Country is full all you need to explore its historical delights at Northumberland end starting with the Roman settlement of Hexham.

Hexham

Hexham

The popular and attractive riverside market town of Hexham is rich in history dating back to the 1300s when the Vikings came a-calling! Located on the south banks of the River Tyne in beautiful Hadrian’s Wall country, the town centre boasts picturesque winding streets with the remarkable Hexham Abbey at its hub. With an array of parks scattered throughout the charming town, galleries aplenty, a raft of outdoor activities and a number of historical sites waiting to be explored, there’s no shortage of things to do in Hexham. There is also a superb range of shops, restaurants, bars, bistros and coffee houses when you need to refuel. Also, to replenish the larder and fridge, head to the town’s farmers’ markets where you can easily stock up local produce and crafted goods. These take place on the second and fourth Saturday of the month.

If you like arts and culture you can visit Queen’s Hall Arts Centre for live theatre, music, dance and art exhibitions. If you fancy a flutter head to Hexham Racecourse, which a fun day out for all the family. It is one of the most scenic racecourses in the country. The River Tyne is something of a fishing and angling hotspot, it is known as the best salmon and sea trout river in England and Wales.  If you love the ‘quiet’ bring your rod and tackle and spend some quality time by yourself.

Corbridge

The much-loved and unspoilt town of Corbridge located about 18 miles to the west of Newcastle upon Tyne is beautifully situated in the heart of Hadrian’s Wall Country. The town’s own history dates back to Saxon times and the Romans once based one of their garrisons here while their soldiers were manning the wall. In addition to all its fascinating history, Corbridge is also full of real Northumberland charm and attractive stone-built properties. You are bound to love exploring the range of independent shops and boutiques, coffee houses and popular eateries in the pretty main streets that make up the town. Thanks to its agricultural events, country fairs and shows, the village attracts a huge number of tourists every year.

Corbridge

The much-loved and unspoilt town of Corbridge located about 18 miles to the west of Newcastle upon Tyne is beautifully situated in the heart of Hadrian’s Wall Country. The town’s own history dates back to Saxon times and the Romans once based one of their garrisons here while their soldiers were manning the wall. In addition to all its fascinating history, Corbridge is also full of real Northumberland charm and attractive stone-built properties. You are bound to love exploring the range of independent shops and boutiques, coffee houses and popular eateries in the pretty main streets that make up the town. Thanks to its agricultural events, country fairs and shows, the village attracts a huge number of tourists every year.

Corbridge Roman Town

Arguably the best reason for visiting Corbridge is the chance to visit the remains of a Roman town. Once a central hub for picking up provisions and where civilians and soldiers lived, the town thrived right up until the fall of the Roman empire during the 5th-century. Today, you can still walk its streets and view Roman armour and artefacts uncovered with the Corbridge Hoard at the on-site museum. The Hoard is one of the most significant Roman-era discoveries, affording you an insight into the life of a soldier who would have defended Hadrian’s and the Antonine Wall. The museum is also home to the Corbridge Collection, the largest of the Hadrian's Wall's collections.

Aydon Castle

Around a mile from Corbridge is Aydon Castle, a lovely location for a family day out; if the weather’s good bring a picnic. Virtually intact, it is a wonderful example of a 13th century manor house located in deep woodland. It survived a sacking during a period of Anglo-Scottish warfare but it was partially restored and was used as a farmhouse in the 17th century and a family residence in up until 1966. It is now managed by English Heritage.  Keen film fans may recognise it from the 1998 film ‘Elizabeth,’ starring Cate Blanchett.

If you have been inspired to visit these picturesque towns in Hadrian’s Wall Country, take a look at our collection of holiday cottages in  Northumberland and start planning your next holiday.

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