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Lovely gateway town for the National Park


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"The geographic centre of Britain"

Haltwhistle Burn by Roger Clegg.

Haltwhistle Burn. Photo by Roger Clegg.

The town has existed since Roman times. The Church of the Holy Cross was built in the 13th century, with views over the river and the valley. In the 18th century, the town became a centre for weaving. Its position on the main Newcastle to Carlisle road and the Newcastle and Carlisle Railway line, joining both sides of England, helped it thrive. A bypass in 1997 means tranquillity has been restored.


The pretty, small town of Haltwhistle is just south of Northumberland National Park.

It claims to be the geographic centre of Britain, and is certainly a great location from which to explore Hadrian’s Wall.

What’s on offer

Shops, pubs, tea rooms, train station and accommodation.



Mr George’s Museum of Time

Haltwhistle. Admission charge. Visit for: A charming family-friendly watch and clock museum. Based on the children’s book ‘Mr George the Clock Man’ there are displays of antique clocks. Worth a second glance. For more, click here.

Roman Army Museum (Carvoran)

Near Haltwhistle. Admission charge. Car parking

Visit for: A 3D film and three galleries packed with objects from the daily life of a Roman soldier. The museum is next to a section of Hadrian’s wall. For more, click here.

Find out more about Haltwhistle

Visit Haltwhistle 2017 outside

Visit Haltwhistle 2017 inside


Getting There

Car: From the A1, follow the A69 to the B6322. Take this road to reach Haltwhistle.

Trains: The pretty Newcastle to Carlisle railway line stops here. Use National Rail to find out train times and connections.

Bus: The Hadrian’s Wall Bus takes you to Haltwhistle. Click here for more details.

  • The name of Haltwhistle isn't anything to do with railways.
  • It comes from a combination of the Old English words for hill top - heafod - and two streams or rivers - twisella.
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Northumberland National Park Authority is the statutory Planning Authority for the area of the Northumberland National Park. View our planning pages here.

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