About 18 miles west of Newcastle upon Tyne, lies the historic village of Corbridge – a true Northumberland gem. Having lived in Newcastle all my life, and having driven through Corbridge several times, I couldn’t believe I’d never taken the time to actually stop and explore this quaint village and its rich history. You could quite easily spend a whole day just wandering through the streets of Corbridge, popping into all the wonderful independent and artisanal shops. It does help that there are numerous historic pubs dotted around the village, each encapsulating the pastel-coloured, homely charm of Corbridge. During our stay at Hesleyside Huts, we took the opportunity of driving to Corbridge to discover its charm for the very first time!
Here’s what we got up to:
We were pleasantly surprised to find a sizeable Village Car Park on the south side of the River Tyne, where you can park up for the day for free! This car park is conveniently located by Corbridge Bridge – a historic village monument reputed to have been laid by the Romans, which has thankfully survived many floods over the years. This proud monument stands over the glorious River Tyne – the river walk from Corbridge is absolutely beautiful, and on the sunny day I visited over Easter, we saw countless dog-walkers and families enjoying the spectacular views of Corbridge from the banks of the Tyne.
Corbridge Roman Town
Corbridge is absolutely steeped in history, which is always a winner for a History graduate like me! During the period of Roman occupation in this area of Britain, Corbridge was known to be a bustling supply base, where food and provisions were guaranteed to be found. The Corbridge Roman Town museum makes this period of history accessible for all ages – you can walk through the ancient streets of Corbridge to get a feel for its Roman past and see the famous Corbridge Hoard and Corbridge Collection for yourself in the museum! Discover recovered artefacts from Roman Britain, and immerse yourself in the history of this village by walking down an ancient High Street. You’ll find Corbridge Roman Town about 1/4 mile away from the Village Car Park by the river, or alternatively use the parking nearer the museum.
The Angel Inn
Although there are a vast number of pubs and inns to choose from in Corbridge, it would seem the most popular is The Angel Inn – I can certainly see why! If you walk straight up from Corbridge Bridge, you will come to The Angel of Corbridge at the top of the hill leading into the village. Once again, I was so impressed with how the buildings in this village maintain the pastel-coloured Corbridge theme – it gives the whole village a very distinct identity that you don’t find in many other places. This lovely Coach House was built in 1529 and now serves as the go-to bed and breakfast, Sunday lunch restaurant and watering hole in Corbridge. The weather was absolutely fantastic when we visited Corbridge and so we were lucky enough to enjoy some drinks in the Beer Garden at the front of the inn – what a fantastic afternoon we had!
Wandering the Streets
As you walk around Corbridge, you can’t help but be mesmerised by the quaint, cobbled streets and the stone-buildings with decorated fronts. Although I love my hometown of Newcastle, wandering the streets of Corbridge made me feel like I’d been transported to a completely different world – a world in which I’d love to settle down in in the future! As far back as the beginning of the 19th century, Corbridge has been well-known for being a shopper’s paradise. You won’t find the likes of Topshop and Zara in the centre of Corbridge though – you’ll find something much better. Independent retailers, book stores and artisanal food producers line the streets of this village! Pop into Grants Bakery to sample some of the most splendid-looking sweet treats you’ll ever come across, browse the shelves and literary wonders of the famous, award-winning Forum Books, not to forget Corbridge Antiques Centre: the Aladdin’s Cave of this area of Northumberland.
Visiting places like Corbridge really make you appreciate the wonders of the villages and towns in Northumberland. If you’re looking to enjoy a peaceful day of exploration, country-pub crawling and history, I couldn’t recommend the village of Corbridge more. You won’t be disappointed!
Visit Corbridge today!