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.
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.
Here are a few places of interest that you may find useful for your itinerary in Hexham.
The world-famous Hadrian’s Wall is a must-see for visitors to Northumberland. Stretching an incredible 80 miles from coast to coast, the impressive structure attracts tourists throughout the year. Highlights include the Birdoswald Roman Fort and the Chesters Roman Trail.
This central section of Hadrian’s Wall offers some of the best vantage points of the entire 73 miles.
The splendour of the Abbey is a must see.
Home to a theatre and two art galleries.
Offers walks, cycling routes, cafes, picnics and canoeing.
Home to giant redwood trees, the ‘Devil’s Water’ and an 18-acre adventure park equipped with exciting and high adrenaline activities.
Always a fun day out at one of the most scenic racecourses in the country.
One of the finest golf clubs in the North of England. You can rent equipment from here.
The Tyne is now the best salmon and sea trout river in England and Wales.
These take place on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month and you can find delicious, locally produced foods.
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.
Here are some of our recommendations of things to do and see in Corbridge:
A must visit in this area – stroll through the town’s streets and experience a time-capsule of Roman life.
This section of Hadrian’s Wall leaves the countryside and heads into Newcastle upon Tyne with a fascinating mix of remains in a rural and urban setting.
One of the finest and most unaltered examples of a 13th century English manor house - it was used in the film ‘Elizabeth’ starring Cate Blanchett.
Offers a superb music line-up within a magical atmosphere.
Dating back to 1529, this historic coaching inn boasts log fires, great food and live music, plus afternoon teas and plenty of Northumbrian charm. Booking for Sunday lunch etc. recommended.
A warm and friendly pub selling cask ales, old fashioned ciders and offering summer barbeques.
A true food destination offering a deli, café and shop with a difference.
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.