Just outside the town are the spectacular remains of the Roman garrison town of Corstopitum, originally built in 90AD, with an excellent museum. The site is in the care of English Heritage.
St. Andrew`s Church dates back to the Anglo`Saxon period, with a fine tower, and was built of stone from Corstopitum.
In the churchyard stands the 14th century vicar`s pele tower, also built of Roman stone.
In the Market Place is an unusual cast iron cross, and there are some fine old buildings in the town.
The bridge across the Tyne was constructed in the 17th century.