Hexham - lots of history packed into a small town!
"From Hadrians Wall to Indian restaurants"
Hexham manages to pack a lot into a small space. For those interested in history, it's very close to Hadrian's Wall, and has some very old buildings itself (notably the Old Gaol and the Moot Hall). The Abbey is a beatiful building, providing an oasis of calm. There is a selection of shops - from major chains through to small independent traders. In addition, there are a lot of good places to eat (including four Indian restaurants!)