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Wooler offers that middle-of-nowhere feeling while still having a market town buzz, combining home comforts with countryside. You can be hiking the Cheviot Hills in one moment and trying local beers at Glendale Festival in the next in this rural hub.

Nestled in the foothills of the Cheviots

A walkers’ paradise, hidden gem, Wooler sits on the edge of Northumberland’s spectacular National Park. This tiny, stone-built market town is home to a bustling High Street with a smattering of traditional shops, pubs and cafes, along with churches and buildings that date back to the 17-1800s.

Also known as ‘‘The gateway to the Cheviots’, Wooler’s location beside the rugged Cheviot Hills, where trickling streams weave their way through the plunging valleys, attracts hikers and bikers alike. Crumbling hillforts, the panoramic Border Ridge route and plunging waterfalls are scattered across the breath-taking scenery, and you can go feral-goat-spotting for the Neolithic breed that roam the hills.

Discover the Golden Age of Northumbria with a visit to Ad Gefrin, learning about the history and stories of kings and queens of the Anglo Saxon age, the perfect place for an immersive family day out. For those looking to sample local produce, Ad Gefrin is the first distillery of its kind in Northumberland offering English single malt whisky and gin.

Truly keeping tradition ticking, the town holds the annual Glendale Show, which has taken place every August bank holiday for almost 130 years. Live music, chainsaw carving, donkey classes, alpacas and a fairground are just a few of the eclectic activities that make this a wonderfully unconventional day out. Glendale Festival rocks the countryside once a year, and a number of other events can be found on Wooler’s events calendar.

Spend winter in Wooler for its out-of-this-world stargazing opportunities, as Northumberland National Park is part of the county’s Gold Tier rated Dark Sky Park. Kirknewton Town Hall sits on Wooler’s outskirts and is a dedicated Dark Sky Discovery Site, where you can park up, perch in your deck chair with a flask in-hand and stargaze into the early hours.

Wooler FAQs

Wooler is known for its scenic location on the edge of the Cheviot Hills, making it popular for walking and outdoor activities. It is also famous for its historic charm and as a gateway to Northumberland National Park.

Wooler town centre has a variety of shops including local bakeries, antique stores, outdoor sports gear and equipment shops, gift shops, and small independent retailers, making it the perfect historic town to explore and find souvenirs and gifts for your loved ones or yourself, commemorating your visit to Northumberland.

Wooler is situated at the foothills of the Cheviot Hills, making it an ideal base for exploring the area and all that the Northumberland countryside has to offer, from walking to cycling and wildlife watching, there is so much to do in Wooler and across the landscape of the Cheviots.

The closest railway station to Wooler is Alnmouth station, approximately 18 miles away, or Berwick Upon Tweed, 20.9 miles away. Whether you are travelling by train, bus or car as you explore Northumberland, take a look at our getting around guide to help plan your visit to Northumberland.

Whether you are looking to hike in the Cheviot Hills, explore Northumberland National Park, visit local whisky distillery and Anglo Saxon museum, Ad Gefrin, or browse local shops and markets for gifts and local Northumbrian produce, Wooler offers its visitors so much to do.

Wooler has a selection of places to eat and drink including traditional pubs like The Black Bull, the Terrace Cafe for sweet treats and coffee pitstops, or for dining experiences like no other, with the best local produce the area has to offer and spirits distilled right in the heart of Wooler, book a table at the Ad Gefrin bistro. So whether it is a hearty Sunday lunch, a seasonal taste of Northumberland in autumn or a sweet takeaway treat from one of the area’s tearooms and cafes, you are sure to find something to suit your tastes in Wooler.

Wooler is approximately 16 miles from Bamburgh, which is about a 30-minute drive from door to door, which means you can explore all that the Northumberland countryside and coast has to offer. Whether you are planning what to do on a weekend in Northumberland, deciding where to visit as part of a romantic break or looking to enjoy a budget friendly day out, Wooler is located right in the heart of Northumberland located just a short distance from other popular destinations, including Bamburgh, Alnmouth and more.

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