If you’re looking for a day out in Northern England, and you’re a fan of history, then this activity needs to be at the top of your stack! Explore the fascinating sights of Corbridge Roman Town in Northumberland, an incredible time-capsule of Roman life, where you can discover amazing artefacts, take relaxing walks along historical and beautiful trails, and more!
Corbridge Roman Town is one of the 20 English Heritage sites along Hadrian’s Wall, a UNESCO world heritage site built a whopping 1900 years ago that stretches 73 miles across Northern England! Many of the sites across the wall are heavily guarded castles and fortresses to defend from Britain’s warring tribes. However, Corbridge was a bustling town centre and supply base, where Romans and civilians would collect food and supplies, that remained vibrant community until the 5th century!
There’s plenty of things to get ‘dug’ into at Corbridge Roman Town. Walking along the ancient Roman high street, you can explore history of the Corbridge and walk in the footsteps of the civilians who once inhabited the bustling town. Keep an eye out for the fountain house and the large courtyard building, where you can imagine Romans going about their daily lives. In the museum, you can truly delve into the fascinating 350 year story of Corbridge – uncover the history behind its evolution from a military base into a thriving community through stories and objects of the residents, admire incredible Roman armour, tools jewellery and more.
The town was originally named ‘Coria’, a Celtic word meaning ‘hosting place’, and includes some of Britain’s most ancient archaeological discoveries.
The collection at Corbridge is the largest of Hadrian’s Walls collections, with a staggering 34,00 finds! Among these finds is the infamous Corbridge Lion, found all the way back in 1907. Take a look at the spectacular artistry of the sculpture, dating back to the second century and famous across Britain for remaining impressively intact.
If you’re with the family, then not to worry, as there’s loads to get stuck into with the kids! The site is perfectly safe for kids to discover the ruins at their own pace, or you can take them to rebuild the town in a fun activity run during the school holidays. There’s also tons of activities to keep them entertained in the museum, perfect for a rainy day.
Corbridge Roman Town makes for a fantastic day out for families or history buffs alike!