Rothbury Tourist Information

A little market town sitting astride the River Coquet and lounging in the shadows of the Simonside Hills, Rothbury is often known as the capital of Upper Coquetdale, and is a lively centre buzzing with activity, just waiting for visitors to come and join the merriment.

Although not technically located within the Northumberland National Park, Rothbury houses the park’s local Information Centre, and remains one of the most desirable destinations for walking holidays. Whilst residing in Rothbury, the Simonside Hills and Harwood Forest are virtually on your doorstep, making for a great day out walking and hiking in the countryside. For people desiring a more challenging walk, the glorious Cheviot Hills are located a mere fifteen minutes away by car.

The rugged crags of the Simonside Hills offers great opportunities for rock climbing enthusiasts, and Thrunton, Coe and Callaly crags are easily accessible in the moors to the north of Rothbury. The Coquet Valley also provides several delightful options for fishing, cycling, golfing and riding, lending to a full range of countryside activities that will undoubtedly keep you entertained and occupied throughout your stay at Rothbury.

An excellent base for exploring the various historic sites and stately homes around Northumberland and the Scottish Border, Rothbury itself boasts a selection of stunning historic and cultural buildings certain to delight the history lover and the romantics at heart.

The previously monastic church of All Saints Parish Church, located near the centre of the town, dates all the way back to 1090, although much of the church’s interior today suggests an extensive renovation in the mid-19th century. Other sites around the town, like the Parish Hall, Church House and Market Cross, are also of significant historical interest and are a worth stopping by whilst ambling about the town centre.

Journey slightly further, to the splendidly restored Brinkburn Priory, Harbottle Castle and Wallington Hall, for a great day out with the family. Perhaps most significant, however, is the lauded National Trust property Cragside House, formerly the residence of the renowned inventor William, Lord Armstrong. Drawing many visitors to its grounds year after year, this property was the first ever house to be lit by hydroelectricity, and its impressive rock gardens, labyrinth and lake makes for an attractive picnic ground for families.

If you’re looking merely to enjoy the hospitality and cheer of the vibrant local community while enjoying the fresh country air and magnificent views, Rothbury is not likely to disappoint. The variety of small specialist shops and the monthly Sunday Farmers’ Market will easily satisfy your desire for a leisurely shop, and the annual weekend-long Rothbury Traditional Music Festival provides a unique and friendly atmosphere where visitors and locals alike can socialize and enjoy some fantastic folk music.

Things to see and do around Rothbury:

All Saints Parish Church and Parish Hall
Brinkburn Priory
Callaly Crag
Cheviot Hills
Church House
Coe Crag
Cragside House
Floors Castle
Harbottle Castle
Harwood Forest
Lady’s Well, Holystone
Manderston
Mellerstain
Northumberland National Park Information Centre
Paxton House and Country Park
Rothbury Farmers’ Market
Rothbury Traditional Music Festival
Simonside Hills
Thrunton Crag