Haltwhistle Train Station

Explore Northumberland by train

Scenic journeys by train
With almost 50 million cars on UK roads, it’s sometimes easy to forget that the UK also has an excellent train network just waiting to be used. The best part? A lot of Northumberland’s destinations are easily accessible from the comfort of a cosy train seat.

With almost 50 million cars on UK roads, it’s sometimes easy to forget that the UK also has an excellent train network just waiting to be used. The best part? A lot of Northumberland’s destinations are easily accessible from the comfort of a cosy train seat. 

Whether you’re travelling from nearby cities or making a longer trip from the South or London, Northumberland’s train network is a convenient and picturesque way to view the hidden treasures our county has to offer. 

Why travel to Northumberland by train?

We think that taking the train to Northumberland is one of the most relaxing and efficient ways to start your adventure and get around Northumberland — whether it’s for a day trip, a weekend getaway, or a half-term break for the family

Say goodbye to rushing drivers and traffic tailbacks as you glide through the countryside by train. You’ll also get to enjoy stunning views that are easy to miss when travelling by car, giving you the chance to appreciate parts of the region you wouldn’t usually take in.

How to get to Northumberland by train

Getting to Northumberland by train is straightforward, with direct routes available from major cities across the UK. What’s more, The East Coast Main Line passes through the Northumberland coast’s AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) and has been voted one of the most scenic train routes in the UK.

If you’re based in the South, you’re in luck, with plenty of well-equipped trains to ensure a pleasant journey. Expect Wi-Fi, catering services, and spacious seating for you to enjoy the scenic views

What’s more, trains from London to Northumberland aren’t hard to come by. Wondering how far Northumberland is from London by train? The journey typically takes around three to four hours, depending on the specific route and service. Direct trains from London Kings Cross to Berwick-upon-Tweed or Newcastle are the most time-efficient.

For those travelling from the north of the country, the trip is even shorter. Edinburgh, for example, is just over an hour away. Newcastle also has rail connections to Northumberland, making it easy for visitors from the North East to plan spontaneous day trips or weekend escapes.

Our biggest tip is to book your tickets in advance to save a little bit of money, especially if you opt for off-peak travel times.

Which Northumberland train stations are close to attractions?

Northumberland offers many train stations that serve as a gateway to our region’s beautiful destinations, historic sites and attractions. Here are just a few:

  • Hexham: Known for the historic Hexham Abbey and bustling market town atmosphere, Hexham station is the perfect stop for those interested in history and local culture. 

  • Corbridge: A charming village with Roman heritage, Corbridge station offers access to quaint shops, cosy cafes, and ancient ruins.

  • Berwick-upon-Tweed: This coastal town near the Scottish border is famous for its Elizabethan walls and scenic coastal walks.

  • Morpeth: With its lovely parks and historical buildings, Morpeth is ideal for a relaxing day out. The train station is also located close to the town centre.

  • Alnmouth: Serving the picturesque village of Alnmouth and a short trip away from Alnwick, this station is a favourite among families, film fanatics, and history buffs.

  • Wylam: Nestled in the Tyne Valley, Wylam station is perfect for enjoying tranquil countryside walks and the birthplace of railway pioneer, George Stephenson.

  • Brampton: Close to Hadrian’s Wall, Brampton station is ideal for exploring Roman Britain, including English Heritage’s  Birdoswald Roman Fort, Vindolanda  fort and museum and the stunning Northumberland National Park.

Northumberland day trips by train

Searching for a few handy itineraries to help you explore the best of Northumberland by train? Look no further.

  1. Hexham and Corbridge

Start your day at Hexham Abbey, then take a short train ride to Corbridge to explore its Roman town and enjoy a riverside walk.

  1. Alnmouth and Alnwick

From Alnmouth station, catch a local bus or taxi to Alnwick Castle, famous for its appearances in the Harry Potter films. Spend the afternoon at The Alnwick Garden or meandering around the town.

  1. Berwick-upon-Tweed

Walk along the historic town walls, visit the Berwick Barracks, and enjoy a seafood lunch overlooking the coast for the perfect blend of history and natural beauty.

  1. Morpeth

Visit Carlisle Park for riverside walks and gardens, then explore Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museum for a quirky experience. Enjoy lunch in the historic town centre of Morpeth, then finish the day with the clock tower and medieval Morpeth Castle.

  1. Wylam

Explore Wylam in more depth, the birthplace of railway pioneer, George Stephenson. Visit his Birthplace museum cared for by the National Trust and enjoy a countryside walk along the Wylam Waggonway. End the day at a local pub or café to refuel.

  1. Brampton

Visit Hadrian’s Wall and the Roman fort of Birdoswald near Brampton. Hike along Hadrian’s Wall with views of Northumberland National Park. Finish off with a walk around the Moot Hall in Brampton before returning by train.

See what Northumberland has to offer by train

Ready to explore the wonders of Northumberland by train? Sit back, relax, and let our county’s train lines take you on a captivating journey. 

Start planning your visit today with Visit Northumberland — peruse our detailed travel guides, accommodation options, and tips for making the most of your visit. You can also sign up for our newsletter at the bottom of any page for regular updates and exclusive Northumberland travel deals.

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