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Nestled between Newcastle and Carlisle’s rolling countryside is the idyllic market town of Hexham. Voted by Country Life as Britain’s favourite, Hexham boasts a variety of local shops, boutiques, cafes and a thriving art scene promoted by the Queens Hall art centre. It is also offers a modern leisure complex and many sporting activities from canoeing in the famous Tyne, to teeing off on its banks. Indeed, notable to Hexham is its racecourse, that, much like the rest of its amenities, is located in a picturesque setting; Yarridge Heights. It offers the residents of Hexham and Tynedale, and tourists alike, a day out to remember.
Steeped in medieval history this idyllic town in the Tyne Valley is enhanced by its connection with the past. First recorded in the six hundreds, Hexham is the site of many enthralling historical events. Raided by the legendary William Wallace in the border wars and home to the first purpose built jail in England, Hexham has plenty to explore. Among these and to name but a few, is firstly, the towns centre piece; the Abbey. Originally built in 675 AD for St Wilfrid, the building seen today is circa 1170 -1250 when the abbey was extended in early English gothic style architecture. The Abbey is still at the centre of the towns life as the parish church and has its own Hexham Abbey shop. The Old Gaol is another of Hexham’s cherished artefacts. Built in 1330 on the order of the Arch Bishop of York it was home to many of Northumberland’s first prisoners, and today it has retained its past as a museum that records much of Hexham’s early history. Furthermore, located in the Market place is the Moot Hall. Built in the fifteenth century its purpose was to defend the town from attack. In later years it was used as Hexham’s courthouse, and now it hosts ballet lessons and an Art gallery. Finally, in true market town fashion, is the Shambles. The Shambles is a covered market, placed strategically next to the Abbey. Built in 1766 by Sir Walter Blackett the market is still used today every Tuesday and once a month by the infamous Northumberland Farmers market.
So whether you’re a local, or a tourist exploring Tynedale, Hexham has a lot to offer. With a historic setting the atmosphere of this market town is of suburbia at its best. The night life isn’t too bad either, if you fancy a posh dinner Hexham is home to Gordon Ramsey’s F word’s best local French Restaurant; Bouchon, it also has The Royal Orchid Thai restaurant, Vercelli’s Italian modern cuisine, several Indian restaurants and many more. If you fancy a tipple after tea, there is also a host of traditional pubs; The Tap and Spile, The Globe, The Heart of All England, The Grapes, The Fox and The Tannery, and indeed some more modern establishments for wine and cocktails; Mr Ants and the late licensed Phoenix. Finally, if the night is a huge success there is always the local night club ‘Studio’ where you are at liberty to dance your socks off.
Hexham is EcoCabs headquarters, thus, if your visiting we are more than excited to show you around, and if you’re a local, we are on call to pick you up at any hour (even if its outside studio and you’re a little worse for wear!)
*Hexham is approximately 19.5 miles from Newcastle Airport.
Hailed as the most northerly town in the Roman Empire, Corbridge grew out of the Roman supply town Corstopitum. Built using the stone of its original roman heritage, Corbridge is famous in the Tyne Valley as being quaint and picturesque with a superb range of exclusive fashion boutique shops, pubs and restaurants.
Like its neighbour Hexham, Corbridge’s centre is built around its Parish Church of St Andrew. Consecrated in 676 AD it was built in conjunction with Hexham Abbey by Saint Wilfred. Dwelling in the Market Place Saint Andrews is framed by the ornate shops that surround it. Typically known as a wealthy area, Corbridge’s decorated shop fronts can be traced back to the early 1800’s and are visited by eager tourists from around the world. Also famous to Corbridge is the seventeenth century bridge that it is accessed by. Crossing over Northumberland’s River Tyne, the single road bridge has become one of Corbridge’s emblems and compliments the towns unique setting perfectly.
As well as a rich history Corbridge is also a lively town that hosts many of Tynedales main attractions. These include the Northumberland County Show and the Corbridge Beer Festival sponsored by Dickinson Dees Law Firm. In addition to these annual events Corbridge is the perfect location to have a countryside pint, with the choice of a range of traditional pubs such as The Black Bull, The Wheatsheaf, The Golden Lion, The Blue Bell and The Dyvels. Corbridge also lives up to its name with the top quality hotel, restaurant and bar; The Angel. And if you fancy some foreign cuisine it has Artisam a Chinese restaurant, The Valley an Indian restaurant and finally Piccolo’s an Italian restaurant and delicatessen.
Thus, if you are in Corbridge for an indulgent shopping spree or to trace its roman heritage, we at EcoCabs are available to help carry your bags or give you our information on this wonderful town. Indeed, we can even drive you out to the original Corstopitum where remains of original Corbridge life still survive.
*Corbridge is approximately 15.5 miles from Newcastle Airport