Kirkharle Lake & Courtyard


Kirkharle
Northumberland
NE19 2PE

+44 01830 540362

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating:TripadvisorBased on 148 reviews
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Overview

Set beside the Lake, inspired by Capability Brown’s original plan, Kirkharle Courtyard is a unique shopping experience, promising home cooked food, creativity, heritage and culture in the beautiful Northumbrian countryside - only thirty minutes north of Newcastle upon Tyne, Hexham, Morpeth and Alnwick.
Within the 18th century courtyard, you'll find work for sale from a variety of nationally-renowned crafts people who sell everything from papier mache artwork to classically inspired sculpture. There's hand-made jewellery and traditionally-constructed bespoke furniture, as well as local crafts, gifts, vintage and antiques. There's also a coffee house which offers some fantastic contemporary cuisine, often using local produce, as well as the traditional cream tea.
Kirkharle's success lies in the way it has managed to combine a modern, but unique, shopping experience with its interesting and varied past.
Kirkharle was the birthplace of Lancelot Capability Brown, the landscape artist once described as the Shakespeare of Gardening. Brown lived on the estate until he was 23 and you can find an exhibition about the man and his work within the courtyard.
The inspirational vision of Capability Brown has recently been brought to life. You can now enjoy his birthplace yourself by taking the pleasant walk around the lake on the fully accessible footpath.
With the recent addition of the Capability Brown play area (for children aged 2-9 years) and a series of activities for the kids - including historic games, a nature trail and a large sandpit area - there’s plenty to keep the little ones entertained whilst visiting the workshops and galleries in the courtyard.


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Certificate of Excellence
tripadvisor
11/04/2017

Really disappointed


singingsweetiepie, Crewe, United Kingdom
Apart from the cafe where staff were lovely and the food looked good, hardly any shops were open , three to be precise, we travelled miles too.

Kirkharle Lake & Courtyard replied: Many thanks for taking the time to write your review. I am so pleased you enjoyed your meal at our Coffee House. It is unfortunate that so few of the shops and galleries were open for your visit. All galleries are let independently and we are regrettably unable to control opening times of the units, however we are working hard to resolve this to ensure uniform opening times amongst the gift and craft shops. There are some new and exciting units recently opened so I do hope you will visit us again.
tripadvisor
08/04/2017

A free day out!


debbie d, Northumberland National Park, United Kingdom
A lovely afternoon completely free of charge. Free carpark, a walk round the shops, artists, food, jewelry, glass, patchwork, equine and a lovely coffee shop children's play area and interactive "I spy" walk around the lake. Lots of places to sit and rest. Work is still being done but it's already well worth a visit. Pick a nice sunny day and you can pick up local footpaths and make a full day. Dogs welcome on leads but not inside the coffee shop (plenty of seating out side where they can sit)

Kirkharle Lake & Courtyard replied: Many thanks for your review. I am so pleased you enjoyed your day out at Kirkharle Courtyard. We look forward to seeing you again soon.
tripadvisor
02/04/2017

Disappointingly dry...


Soona73, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Craft shops mostly closed and the sandwich bread appeared to be a day old. Such a shame as it's a lovely little coffee shop and the staff are pleasant. Would it stop me from returning?... Probably not, but at 6 quid, I wouldn't order a sandwich again.

Kirkharle Lake & Courtyard replied: Many thanks for taking the time to write your review. I am disappointed to hear your meal at the Coffee House was not perfect. Our staff work very hard to ensure excellent quality and if you had pointed this out to the staff they would have been happy to have replaced your sandwich. It is unfortunate that few of the shops and galleries were open for your visit. All galleries are let independently and we are regrettably unable to control opening times of the units, however we are working hard to resolve this to ensure uniform opening times amongst the gift and craft shops. There are some new and exciting units recently opened so I do hope you will visit us again.
tripadvisor
18/03/2017

A wonderful cafe and various shops.


David S,
Kirkharle is the birth place of Lancelot "Capability" Brown in the windswept land just north of Belsay. There is a superb cafe with wonderful baking, great coffee and a very interesting menu of snacks from breakfast onwards. Be adventurous, they do bring in other styles of cooking - Spanish, Mexican. But there is of course corned beef pie so don't worry about it being too worldwide inits cuisine. Excellent food. And in the courtyard you will find some craft shops, a neat little food shop with Donnington cheeses (excellent) and a small but interesting deli choice. And you will see plenty of information about Capability Brown. I recommend it greatly.

Kirkharle Lake & Courtyard replied: Many thanks for taking the time to write your review. I am delighted you enjoyed your day at the Courtyard. The Coffee House works hard to keep the menu updated with new and exciting dishes and I am pleased you enjoyed your meal and the Courtyard experience.
tripadvisor
10/03/2017

Classy Kirkharle Courtyard


Fraser L, Morpeth, United Kingdom
We called here years ago when this first opened. There was a plethora of shops, galleries, arts & crafts outlets as well as a good restaurant/tea room. Our visit this week on a beautiful sunny day revealed that many of the attractions were not open or closed altogether. Nevertheless, an arts & crafts shop was open as was an art gallery, both of which were really interesting. We called at the tea room for brunch. Great, friendly service; wide selection of dishes and some really gorgeous cakes! Worth a visit just for these!

Kirkharle Lake & Courtyard replied: Many thanks for taking the time to write your review. I am so pleased you enjoyed your trip to Kirkharle Courtyard and the Coffee House. It is unfortunate not all the shops and galleries were open for your visit. All galleries are let independently and we are unable to control opening times of the units, however we are working hard to resolve this to ensure uniform opening times amongst the gift and craft shops.

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