Belford House is situated in Haltwhistle, known to be the centre of Britain, because of its geographical position in the exact centre of the country.
Hadrian’s Wall is less than a mile away, is easily reached from Belford House rooms and is not much more than 1.5 miles and 30 minutes by foot. This section of wall between Steel Rigg and Cawfields is the most spectacular and intact stretch of the wall. Public footpaths run along the wall for you to explore.
We are located in the heart of Hadrian’s Wall country which is the main tourist attraction and only a short drive away or can be reached by foot.
Sycamore Gap is a 6 mile walk, accessible by footpath along Hadrian’s Wall, once used as a backdrop for the film Robin Hood Prince of Thieves.
The newly built Sill National Landscape Discovery Centre is also only 5 miles away.
Housesteads is a little further from Sycamore Gap and is a excavated Roman fort with museum. There is also Chesters Roman Fort and Museum. Chesters is the most complete Roman fort in Britain.
Vindolanda is about 5 miles away and is a great museum located on the Roman Fort which takes you back in time over 2000 years. The ground has been excavated revealing the remains of the fort that tourists can walk around.
Walkers and Cyclists
So its no surprise that Haltwhistle is a popular place to stay, especially for walkers and cyclists. The town also hosts its own walking festival, so you can put your best foot forward on a range of walks including the Haltwhistle Rings which are 22 circular walks through the historic countryside surrounding Hadrian’s Wall
Slaley Hall is a world class golf resort and outdoor adventure centre. It is roughly 35 minutes from Haltwhistle. All out adventure at Slaley Hall can provide quad biking, Archery, Paint Balling, Clay pigeon shooting and off road driving in Land Rovers amongst other activities for all ages. Visit there website at alloutadventures
Flying Carlisle airport near by operates a couple of flying schools where you can fly over the local sights and even take the controls yourself.
The nearest cinema is in Hexham which is an excellent market town worth looking around. There is a Odean cinema at the Metro Centre in Gateshead with all the latest released films.
There is an outdoor heated swimming Pool at Haltwhistle
Kielder Water is only an hours drive from Halwhistle, which is the biggest man made lake in Northern Europe and offers many activities for everyone. You can go for walks and take in the scenery or you could hire a canoe or mountain bike. There is a visitor centre and various places to eat. There is also an observatory for star gazing with many scheduled events.
Kielder is well worth a visit and is best to allow a full day there. More information can be found at www.visitkielder.com
Beamish Museum is an award winning museum and is a recreation of life in the North East during the 1800’s and early 1900’s. A complete pit village has been created by dismantling original buildings from around the North East and rebuilding them brick by brick exactly as they used to be.
You can go down a genuine mine shaft, travel on an old steam train and visit original shops and farm buildings in the museums town.
Beamish is expanding and the centrepiece will be a reconstructed 1950s Town meaning that alongside existing attractions depicting life in the early 19th and 20th centuries, the museum will once again include a period within living memory. Visitors will also be able to stay overnight in a recreation of a Great North Road coaching inn.
It is recommended to allow a full day to see everything. There is plenty to see and do for all the family.
Visit Newcastle and Gateshead
Newcastle Gateshead is only a 45 minutes drive away from Belford House and is well worth a visit to sample the night life or to visit one of the biggest shopping centres in Europe, the Metro Centre.
There are plenty of bars and restaurants to eat in the city centre and along the quay side.
A visit to the Theatre Royal is recommended as it is one of the best theatres in the country and offers many shows. Theatre Royal
Northumberland has lots of countryside to explore and has more castles than any other county.
The Northumberland coast is unspoilt with Holy Island and the Farne Islands worth visiting.
More information can be found at https://www.visitnorthumberland.com/coast/beaches
The Lake District
As Haltwhistle is the ‘Centre of Britain’our location makes it easy to explore other places in the North and it takes only just over an hour to reach Ullswater where you can start your visit to the Lake District.
The Scottish borders are close to us with Gretna Green being about 45 minutes away and Dumfries an hour.