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Pretty little gateway town for the National Park


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The capital of Coquetdale


Known as the ‘capital of Coquetdale’, this scenic market town bustles with welcoming pubs, cafés and galleries.

Its High Street boasts a number of traditional independent shops.

It is a great springboard for adventures in walking, cycling and more.

What’s on offer

There are shops, cafés, art and craft galleries, pubs, banks, a children’s play park, riverside picnic area, cycle hire, a library, church, golf course, public toilets and a bus service available.

Tourist information

There is an Information Point at The Coquetdale Centre, which houses Northumberland National Park Authority’s Rothbury office as well as those for the Forestry Commission and Tomlinson’s.

Rothbury by David Taylor.

The church stands proud in the skyline of Rothbury. Photo by David Taylor.

Getting There

Car: Take A1 and A697 to B6341 in Northumberland. Head along that road to Rothbury.

  • Cragside is a National Trust country house near Rothbury.
  • It was the first house in the world to be lit using hydroelectric power.
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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.

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