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Overseas travellers Here's some handy hints for you

International Visitors

Welcome overseas visitors. Here are some tips to help you during your stay in Northumberland National Park.

Calling home

To make a telephone call out of England dial 00 followed by the country code, area code (without the zero if there is one) and the number.
British Telecom International Codes can be found here.


The British currency is the pound. There is 100 pence to make up one pound (£1). The easiest way to withdraw money is at a cash machine found in most high streets. Some supermarkets also offer cash back, where you can ask them to give you extra cash and charge it to your card along with your shopping. Most shops and pubs now have a chip and pin machine to take debit or credit cards. But smaller shops may only take cash, so be prepared!

Shop opening hours

Most shops are open Monday to Saturday, 9am to 5pm. Some may open up later or close earlier, especially in smaller towns and villages. Supermarkets are open longer, sometimes 8am – 8pm and also 10am – 4pm on a Sunday. Some shops may also have limited opening on a Sunday.

Half-day closing

Some smaller towns still keep the tradition of half day closing around the middle of the week. Shopkeepers take off the afternoon on these days:

  • Morpeth – half day closing on a Thursday
  • Rothbury – half day closing on a Wednesday
  • Wooler – half day closing on a Thursday

Public holidays

The English love their Bank Holidays. These are days when the banks shut and most people don’t go to work. Shops can open, but can be limited by law on their opening hours.

  • Easter – Good Friday and Easter Monday
  • Two May Bank Holidays – the first Monday in the month and the last Monday in the month
  • August Bank Holiday – last Monday in the month
  • Christmas and New Year – December 25, December 26, known as Boxing Day, and January 1.


In England we drive on the left, giving way to traffic on roundabouts that comes from the right. Speed limits are 30mph (50kph) or 40mph (65kph) in towns and villages. On dual carriageways and motorways (freeways) the limit is 70mph. On other roads it is 60mph unless otherwise stated.

A good tip is if there is street lighting, the speed limit is 30mph (50kph).

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Planning in the National Park

Northumberland National Park Authority is the statutory Planning Authority for the area of the Northumberland National Park. View our planning pages here.