Northumberland National Park is in the North East of England. You can travel to the National Park by train, bus or car. Newcastle is to the east and Berwick-upon-Tweed on the borders of Scotland lies to the north.
While Newcastle is not in the National Park, it is a major gateway city and is well connected by rail. East Coast links Edinburgh, York, Peterborough and London to Newcastle and Berwick-upon-Tweed; Virgin operates services from London, Manchester, Glasgow, Carlisle, Leeds, Sheffield, Birmingham and South West England; and Transpennine services serves Newcastle from Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds and York.
From Newcastle, the Tyne Valley Line takes you into the southern part of Northumberland National Park, with stations close to Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site. Key stations
for visitors are located at Wylam, Prudhoe, Stocksfield, Riding Mill, Corbridge, Hexham, Haydon Bridge, Bardon Mill and Haltwhistle. Trains are operated by Northern Rail and First ScotRail.
There are National Express and Megabus services from throughout the UK to Newcastle and Carlisle. From Newcastle or Carlisle, there are various Arriva services, Also, Go North East and Stagecoach run services into the National Park, as well as a summer service called the Hadrian’s Wall Country Bus AD122, which links major sites along the Hadrian’s Wall corridor between Newcastle and Carlisle (services operating out of both cities; more information below).
Main travel hubs
Newcastle and Hexham have the most connections between trains and local buses.
The average drive from London and the south east takes about six hours. It is one-and-half hours from Carlisle, one-and-three-quarter hours from Edinburgh, and under an hour from Newcastle.
From the M6 at Carlisle turn east along the A69 and then the A68 north.
From the A1 at Newcastle take the A696 north west.
From Edinburgh you can take either the A68 or A7.
The nearest airport is Newcastle International Airport. From there you can catch the Metro train to Central Newcastle (Haymarket). Catch buses from here to Morpeth, Alnwick, Rothbury and Wooler. Or walk round the corner and catch buses to Hexham and Carlisle from Eldon Square Bus Station.
You can also hire a car from the airport. Northumberland National Park and Hadrian’s Wall is less than an hour’s drive away.
DFDS Seaways operate ferries from Amsterdam in Holland to Newcastle, less than an hour from the Northumberland National Park. Find out more at DFDS Seaways.