Wooler Tourist Information

Lying right on the outskirts of the stunning Northumberland National Park is the attractive little stone-built town of Wooler, one of Northumbria’s most popular bases for walkers and hikers seeking to explore the beautiful countryside setting around them. Often known as the “Gateway to the Cheviot Hills”, Wooler is perfectly situated to afford a superb countryside getaway, with the added advantage of the lauded Northumbrian coastline being barely a half hour away by car.

Dating back to the 12th century, the town of Wooler has seen much change over the years, while retaining a sense of history and culture that persists in the community till this very day. Wooler Mart, annual markets for the sale of sheep, horses and cattle, is a tradition harking back to 1821, and continues each year, adding that touch of convention and authenticity to this peaceful market town. Visitors can also schedule their trip to coincide with the popular Glendale Show, a major agricultural show that takes place just outside the town on August Bank Holiday Monday.

Of course, other shopping alternatives, more suited to the modern tourist, are also readily available in Wooler. Many intriguing specialist shops and cafés, as well as local craft stores and a working pottery studio, line the town’s Market Place and High Street, making Wooler a fantastic destination even for the visitor accustomed to his or her modern comforts.

Leading off the main streets of Wooler are little streets that extend west through the foothills and into the Northumberland National Park, making Wooler one of the most convenient destinations for avid walkers. Visitors will most definitely want to stop on the famous Yeavering Bell, the site of the largest Iron Age fort in the North, with remains of over a hundred ancient huts still visible. To the east of Wooler lies Doddington Moor, home to the quaint little village of Doddington, many notable historical sites and the Roughting Linn waterfall. With so much rugged, unspoilt countryside to explore, walkers will never have to experience a dull moment while at Wooler.

Although situated quite a distance from other large settlements, the area around Wooler still boasts its fair share of historic buildings just waiting for visitors to explore. Weetwood Hall, a Grade II listed fortified tower house thought to date back to the 13th century, is a mere five minutes’ drive away, and Chillingham Castle and Ross Castle are only slightly further afield.

Interesting fact: Author John Cunliffe, who ran the Wooler mobile library service for a year in the early 1950s, took Glendale as his inspiration for the children’s story Postman Pat and the fictional village of Greendale.

Things to see and do around Wooler:

Ad Gefrin
Cheviot Centre
Cheviot Hills
Chillingham Castle
Doddington Moor
Flodden Field
Glendale Show
Humberton Hillfort
Milfield Village
Ross Castle
Roughting Linn
St Cuthbert’s Way
Weetwood Hall
Wooler Market Place and High Street
Wooler Mart
Yeavering Bell