Morpeth Tourist Information

The county town of Northumberland, Morpeth is a thriving town with a long and illustrious history dating all the way back to the year 1095, when its motte and bailey castle was first constructed. Although all that is left of Morpeth Castle is its aging gatehouse and ruins of the castle walls, the history of the town remains almost palpable in the roads, architecture and tight-knit local community.

Experience this marvelous melding of the historic and the modern while walking around Morpeth’s wonderful Market Square, where the popular Morpeth Farmers Market is held every first Saturday of the month, featuring the very best in local produce. If you can’t wait for that elusive monthly date for that unusual shopping experience, why not visit the weekly Wednesday markets or wander past Rutherfords, one of Morpeth’s oldest department stores, which has been in trade since the mid-19th century.

Morpeth and its surrounding areas boast some of the finest examples of historic buildings, with the ancient St. Mary’s Church at Kirkhill dating to the 1300s and the 13th century Chantry Chapel nestled within the town centre. Now housing the town’s Bagpipe Museum, the Northumbrian Arts and Craft Gallery and the Tourist Information Centre, the Chantry is an essential stop for visitors to the area, and is mere minutes away from the weekly market, perfect for a full day of family activities.

Although Morpeth is a town surrounded by stunning wild landscapes, it has its own share of tailored gardens that would suit the tastes of avid gardeners and lovers of more well-groomed greenery. Carlisle Park offers lovely woodland and riverside walks amongst beautifully crafted formal gardens, and houses the celebrated William Turner Garden, created in memory of one of the founding fathers of English botany who was born and lived in Morpeth.

If you’re willing to journey slightly farther from the town centre itself, an array of attractive country estates is available for your appreciation. Roaming the charming Wallington House and the elegant Belsay Hall and Gardens will truly make you feel like royalty, and just a twenty-minute car journey will take you to the magnificent Druridge Bay with its seven-mile stretch of golden beaches.

Interesting fact:
Emily Wilding Davison, the infamous suffragette who threw herself under the king’s horse in 1913, is buried in Morpeth. Her gravestone, which can be found in the churchyard of St. Mary’s, still displays the iconic slogan of the Womens Social and Political Union.

Things to see and do around Morpeth:

Belsay Hall and Gardens
Carlisle Park
The Chantry Chapel
Collingwood House
Druridge Bay
Morpeth Bagpipe Museum
Morpeth Castle Ruins
Morpeth Farmers Market
Morpeth Market Square
Northumbrian Arts and Crafts Gallery
St Mary’s Church
Church of St James The Great
Wallington House
William Turner Garden
Woodhorn Museum Archives and Country Park