Prudhoe is a medium-sized town on the edge of the Tyne Valley and just within the boundary of Northumberland.
The town’s name is thought to derive from “Proud Heights” and the town has many historic places of interest making it a great area to explore.
The town’s official history begins with the Norman Conquest and the building of Prudhoe’s most famous landmark – its castle – in the 12th Century. This ancient stronghold is the only castle in the north never to have been taken by the Scots, and is now open to visitors.
A Town Trail has been created for visitors who wish to discover more about the history of the town.
For shopping, Prudhoe’s Front Street has a wide variety of shops in a traditional shopping street, and the bustling town has an enviable reputation as a centre for eating-out due to the diversity of pubs and cafes offering traditional fare alongside Chinese and Indian restaurants.
For walkers and ramblers, there’s Priestclose and Eltringham woods, Tyne Riverside Country Park and also footpaths and bridleways, leading to the hills south of Prudhoe.
The town is fifteen minutes from Hexham or Newcastle by train. It is well served by other public transport, with regular bus services every twenty minutes during the day and hourly till late into the evening and the bypass makes commuting to Newcastle easy by car. Add to that a full range of amenities and the Metro Centre being only 20 minutes away by car or bus, Prudhoe has a lot to offer.
Glade, a striking new public sculpture is in the square off the town’s Front Street as part of a £600,000 improvement scheme. The sculpture and the new square offer opportunities for outdoor entertainment and events, such as community bands, fairs and jugglers.
So come and visit, explore the town and its local attractions, stay awhile and enjoy a visit to a town that will welcome you.