With easy transport links thanks to an East Coast main line train station, along with a unique combination of history, heritage and beauty, this bustling market town is the ideal base to explore Northumberland.
From the tranquil riverside promenade to the formal gardens and aviary of the William Turner Garden – a modern tribute to the Morpeth-born ‘Father of English Botany’ – Carlisle Park is an oasis of calm in the centre of the town. Rowing boats on the river lend an air of old-school charm.
A blend of original colliery buildings and modern architecture inspired by the monster coal cutting machines, learn about the life and loves, tears and tragedies of a proud mining community. It also houses the Ashington Group Collection - a unique collection of paintings by the artists known as the Pitmen Painters.
Wander through the bare rooms and imposing Pillar Hall of Belsay Hall inspired by the temples of ancient Greece. Discover the unique Quarry Garden, a deep man-made ravine home to exotic plants and trees. Delve deeper to find the hidden ruins of the medieval castle.