Haltwhistle Tourist Information

Situated just three miles from part of the most magnificent and complete section of Hadrian’s Wall is the welcoming small town of Haltwhistle, the professed centre of Britain and one of the finest starting points from which to explore the dramatic World Heritage Site. Lying on the A69, the main road linking Newcastle to Carlisle, Haltwhistle is a convenient stop for anyone travelling across the width of the country.

The optimum holiday destination for earnest walkers, Haltwhistle is a participant in the Walkers are Welcome scheme, and is located close to the North Pennines, a specified Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, famous for its unusual wild flowers and alpine greenery. Walkers can also choose amongst the acclaimed Hadrian’s Wall Walk or the Haltwhistle Rings, a set of 22 walks around the town and surrounding region that features the most wonderful sights in the Hadrian’s Wall countryside. For true enthusiasts, the town also hosts the biannual Haltwhistle Walking Festival, held during the spring and autumn seasons, bringing together likeminded individuals from all over the country to participate in walking and hiking events across the glorious Northumbrian countryside.

A chartered market town since the early 14th century, Haltwhistle has a rich heritage that dates all the way back to the Saxon times and continues through the brutal conflict that plagued the border country during the Medieval era. Today, the area around Haltwhistle possesses numerous historical sites sure to entice the history lovers and the modern day Don Quixotes.

On the outskirts of the town is the ruins of the Grade II listed Bellister Castle, first constructed in the 1300s and complete with its very own ghost, the legendary Grey Lady, rumoured to have been murdered on the site. Just three miles to the west is the medieval manor house, Blenkinsopp Castle, currently a private site but visible to visitors from the outside, and the 14th century ruins of the stone-built Thirlwall Castle lies just one mile north of that.  The wonderful Unthank Hall and its beautiful grounds, boasting two extensive lakes, are located only one mile south of Haltwhistle in the little town of Plenmeller.

If intrigued by Haltwhistle’s industrial heritage, why not visit the famous Alston Arches, also known as the South Tyne – Haltwhistle viaduct, which once carried coal, lead and other mined minerals throughout the Alston region. After its decline in the 1970s alongside the lead-mining industry in the area, the viaduct has been rejuvenated to include a footpath, where tourists can get an unparalleled view of the area while enjoying a relaxing walk and delightful scenery all around.

With no shortage of local restaurants, country pubs and entertainment venues, Haltwhistle is quickly becoming one of Northumberland Country’s most popular tourist destinations.

Things to see and do around Haltwhistle:

Alston Arches (South Tyne – Haltwhistle Viaduct)
Bellister Castle
Blenkinsopp Castle
Hadrian’s Wall Walk
Haltwhistle Rings Walks
Haltwhistle Walking Festival
North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Thirlwall Castle
Unthank Hall
Roman Army Museum (Carvoran) Hadrian's Wall