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Northumberland: Accommodation in bunkhouses, hostels & camping barns

Northumberland bunkhouses and hostels

There are many bunkhouses, camping barns and hostels in glorious locations around Northumberland and County Durham. There are city centre hostels in Newcastle and around Tyne and Wear, Durham and the smaller towns of Rothbury, Berwick, Wooler and Alnwick. The stunning landscape of the Northumberland National Park takes in Kielder water, Kielder forest and the Cheviots. The area includes the Northumberland International Dark Sky Park and hostels provide ideal accomdation for star gazing. There is a good choice of hostels and bunkhouses along the Northumberland Coast, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Many hostels along Hadrian’s Wall specialise in providing self-catering accommodation for walkers.

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Mounthooly Bunkhouse

Nestled at the head of the stunningly beautiful College Valley in North Northumberland, Mounthooly Bunkhouse is a perfect stop off on both the Pennine and St Cuthbert’s Way walks. College Valley is a private estate run by the Knott Trust to increase its value as an environmental, social and economic place of excellence. The Bunkhouse was refurbished in 2008 and sleeps 24 in 2 dorms, a 2 bed room and an en suite family annex which sleeps 4.

Houghton North Farm Accommodation

Houghton North Farm, partly built with stones from Hadrian’s Wall, has been in the Laws Family for five generations. It is situated in the beautiful Northumberland countryside right on the Heritage Trail and 15 miles from the start of the Hadrian’s Wall Trail. Within the region walkers can enjoy marked woodland trails, rugged moorland & hills and some of the most beautiful deserted beaches in the UK. This newly built, spacious accommodation can take a group of up to 23

Calico Barn Bunkbarn

Opened in 2016 Calico Barn is perfect for walkers and cyclists passing on the adjacent walking and cycle routes. The barn, designed with these needs in mind, includes secure cycle storage with CCTV, a bike wash / tinkering area and drying room with lockers. All beds are ‘cabin’ style bunks, fully fitted (so no squeaks) with comfortable, and long, mattresses and bedding. Each cabin has a light, twin socket, USB chargers, shelf and underbed storage. The two twin rooms and

Wallington Bunkhouse

Situated in the heart of the National Trust Wallington Estate visitors to the bunkhouse will have and free access to the mansion, it’s shops and cafe, and everything the estate has to offer. Perfect for groups of families with lots of on site activities including cycling and play areas or for walkers wanting a base from which to visit the Cheviots and Hadrien’s wall, both within an hour’s drive. The bunkhouse is perfect for self-catering groups with a large well-equipped kitchen and large living/dining area and sleeps 20 in four rooms.

Ninebanks Youth Hostel

Book a bed, a room, or the whole hostel! Ninbanks hostel is a four-star rated 18th century cottage with en suite bedrooms, a sitting room with log-burner and spacious dining room forming a great social space. In a stunning rural location, it’s a great place to stay. You can also book one of the newly converted independent high-quality studio rooms in the Chalet.

Bluebell Farm Bunkbarn

Bluebell Farm Caravan Park is in the centre of Belford, within walking distance of shops and pubs. It is ideally located for exploring Nothumberland’s Heritage Coast, the Cheviot Hills and the historic Scottish Borders. The Bunkbarn sleeps 14, the Studio 4, the Ark 4 and there are 5 self-catering cottages. The Bunkbarn has a family room for 6, an 8 bed dorm and a fully equipped self-catering kitchen. The Studio has a bunkroom for 4 and kitchen, sitting and dining


Fly high with the award winning “Albatross”! This clean and modern hostel is located in Newcastle’s city centre. Providing rooms from 2 bed to 12 beds and anything in between for as little as £16.50. The overnight price includes; linen, 24hr reception, fully fitted self-catering kitchen with free tea, coffee and toast, free WiFi access and computer terminals, pool table, satellite TV, free baggage storage and laundry facilities.

Allendale Bunkhouse

The Allendale Bunkhouse opened in October 2014 after being completely refurbished and thoroughly modernised. It sits on the market square in Allendale, overlooking the hustle and bustle of a small countryside town and the fells and river beyond. An oasis for walkers, cyclists, horse riders, families, groups of friends and youth & school groups alike. Allendale is well served with tea rooms, the Forge art gallery & café, a quirky gift shop, pharmacy, Allendale medical practice and the library. Three

Gibbs Hill Farm Hostel

Gibbs Hill Farm Hostel is a conversion of a barn on a traditional working hill farm near Once Brewed on Hadrian’s Wall and close to the Pennine Way. The hostel is designed to reduce energy consumption and is centrally heated throughout. There are 3 bunkrooms, 2 shower rooms, 2 toilets, a well equipped kitchen, comfortable sitting and dining area and a large deck where you can enjoy the evening sun. The hostel has a drying room, lockers, laundry facilities and

Haggs Bank Bunkhouse & Camping

Set in the stunning North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, often described as England’s last wilderness, this location is ideal for anyone who loves the great outdoors - walkers, cyclists and mountain bikers . The 36 mile Isaac’s Tea Trail walk passes through the site; directly on the C2C and with bicycle hire (including electric bikes) available nearby.The bunkhouse sleeps up to 24 in 3 bunkrooms of 4/5, 9 and 10 and includes a relaxing lounge, self-catering kitchen, modern

Carlisle City Hostel

Carlisle City Hostel is Carlisle’s only independent hostel. Located on picturesque Abbey Street, the building is an old Georgian terrace that can accommodate up to 20 guests. There is a communal kitchen for you to prepare your own meals, communal lounge with TV, DVDs and book swap and a dining room. Free tea, coffee and WiFi is available in communal areas. All prices include a basic breakfast. Secure bicycle and luggage storage is located in the large cellar. Come and

Slack House Farm

Slack House Farm is a working, organic dairy farm overlooking Birdoswald Roman Fort on Hadrian’s Wall. It is on the NCN 72 cycle route and is only 0.5km from the Hadrian’s Wall National Trail. The bunkbarn is adjacent to The Scypen café and farm shop and Birdoswald cheese is made on the farm. Accommodation consists of 3 dorms; a 10 bed dorm, a 5 bedded room, and a 3 bed family room (+ child’s bed and travel cot). Sheets and

Wooler Youth Hostel

Wooler Youth Hostel & Shepherd’s Huts is set in its own spacious grounds on the edge of the town. It has newly refurbished en suite bedrooms & Shepherd’s Hut sleeping cabins, a huge dining and common room, excellent drying facilities and a large self-catering kitchen, making it great for groups & families. There is also an excellent value restaurant, on site car parking and secure cycle storage. Wooler has inns, grocery stores and specialist shops, and is an ideal

Edmundbyers YHA at Low House Haven

Now owned by a local farming family this hostel is a former 17th century inn with wooden beams and a cosy open fire. It continues to offer friendly accommodation as part of the YHA and IHUK networks in the centre of the Edmundbyers. A self-catering kitchen is available and an in-house bar, serving locally brewed beer as well as a full range of drinks. Enjoy Friday “Pie Night” when a home made pie with something on the side

Greenhead Hostel

Greenhead Hostel is a converted methodist chapel in the village of Greenhead on Hadrian’s Wall. It is ideal for those walking the Pennine Way or The Wall and is in a great location for those exploring the nearby Roman heritage sites. The church was built in 1886 to serve the village miners and gave its last service in 1972. It has been a hostel since 1978. Greenhead Hostel has a newly refurbished self-catering kitchen with a cooking range ideal

Cragside Bunkhouse

A traditional conversion of Victorian workers cottage in the centre of the National Trust Cragside estate with fabulous views overlooking the lake and surrounding hills. Cragside bunkhouse sleeps 16 in 4 rooms with a well equipped self-catering kitchen making it the perfect base for families or other groups wanting to explore this stunning part of the UK Located in the heart of Northumberland within an hours’ drive of the coast, the Cheviots and Hadrien’s wall.

Kirk Yetholm Friends of Nature House

Kirk Yetholm Friends of Nature House, nestling below the picturesque village green, is a former village school that has been offering hostel style accommodation for over 70 years. Located at the start / end of the Pennine Way it is a classic stop and is also ideal for those doing the St. Cuthbert’s Way and for cyclists on the Borderloop Cycle Route or Sustrans Route 84. A great base for local day hikes, particularly suited to individuals, families and small

Springhill Bunkhouse

Springhill’s Lookout & Wigwams are ideal for groups, families or independent travellers looking for great value comfortable accommodation which can be booked as a whole or on a per bed/night basis. Superbly located on the Northumberland heritage coastline and AONB coastal path with stunning views towards the Farne Islands and Cheviot Hills, only 1 mile from Seahouses and 3 miles from Bamburgh. The Lookout has 8 rooms of 4 beds with en suite shower rooms, fully equipped kitchen, dining and

Whithaugh Park

Whithaugh Park is nestled in the beautiful landscape of the Scottish Borders, sharing its 110 acre slice of Scottish countryside with red squirrels, deer and a variety of other wildlife. A collection of 30 alpine lodges, provides flexible accommodation for groups of 2 to 192. With smaller family-style lodges or ‘clusters’ for groups of 10 to 65. Each cluster has its own kitchen, dining area and meeting room. The site’s sports hall can double as a dining

Spruce Cottage Bunkhouse By Forest View

Spruce Cottage Bunkhouse is a former forestry worker’s cottage in the centre of Byrness on the edge of Northumberland National Park. Byrness is situated on the Pennine Way, and popular cycle routes. The bunkhouse is ideal for exploring Northumberland, Kielder Forest and the Scottish Borders. It is perfect for groups, individuals and families. The 9 full sized single beds (not bunks) in 3 bedrooms have high quality mattresses, pillows, full bed linen, curtains and carpets. There is also a Z

Chatton Park Bunkhouse

Chatton Park Bunkhouse started life as a smithy and has been converted into self-catering accommodation. It is situated on a mixed working farm which nestles around the River Till, half a mile from Chatton village. Eight miles from the coast and five miles from the Cheviot Hills, Chatton Park is an ideal base for exploring Northumberland’s vast empty beaches, heather clad hills & historic castles. Walking, water sports, climbing, fishing, golf and cycling are all available nearby. Accommodating

Demesne Farm Bunkhouse

This self-catering unit was converted in 2004 from a barn on a working hill farm in the centre of Bellingham in the Northumberland National Park. The farm is situated on the Pennine Way, Route 68, and the Reivers & Sandstone Way cycle routes. The bunkhouse is an ideal base for exploring Northumberland, Hadrian’s Wall, Kielder Water and many climbing crags. It accommodates 15 and is perfect for groups, individuals and families. The bedrooms are fitted with hand crafted oak man-sized

Barrington Bunkhouse

Situated in the pleasant sleepy village of Rookhope in the stunning surroundings of Weardale. Next door is The Rookhope Inn for a welcome pint and substantial meals. The bunkhouse provides clean, comfortable accommodation with a self service continental breakfast ready for your day’s activities. There are kettles, toasters and a microwave with egg poacher. The breakfast bar is stocked with complimentary items for making hot drinks and snacks for breakfast. All welcome, especially cyclists on the Coast 2 Coast

The Hides Seahouses

The Hides, located in Seahouses and run by Springhill Farm, are a fantastic affordable accommodation option. The Hides are perfect for groups, families or independent travellers. The accommodation is great value for money, comfortable, and very conveniently located.

Alston Youth Hostel

On the very eastern edge of Cumbria, nestled in the North Pennines and within the historic town of Alston, is Alston Youth Hostel. Not only are we about halfway on the very popular Coast to Coast (C2C) cycle route but we are also located directly on the Pennine Way! You’ll receive a warm welcome (as warm as our large drying room!!) and hopefully see our resident red squirrels!

Tarset Tor Bunkhouse and Bothies

Tarset Tor’s striking timber eco-buildings integrate effortlessly into their natural surroundings deep in the Northumberland National Park close to the Pennine Way, making the most of this remarkable location and providing the perfect base for outdoor adventures. The skies around Tarset Tor are now protected and are an International Dark Sky Reserve, making it the ideal spot from which to gaze at the stars. The stylish bunkhouse is a superb social space, offering comfortable, contemporary sleeping quarters together with shared

Alnwick Youth Hostel

Once the town’s Court House, the accommodation now offered at Alnwick Youth Hostel is much less austere. Opened in 2011, this family friendly 4 star hostel is sure to meet the needs of every traveller, with a variety of en suite rooms, cosy lounge, games room and a bright and airy dining room. The hostel’s town centre location makes it ideal for a visit to historic Alnwick Castle, of recent Downton Abbey and Harry Potter fame, and to The Alnwick

Tomlinsons CafÉ and Bunkhouse

A former schoolhouse in the historic town of Rothbury overlooking the River Coquet, Tomlinson’s is a one-stop shop for low-cost accommodation, wholesome homemade meals and cycle hire. Ideal for families, groups and independent travellers, there are four flexible rooms most with en suite showers. Guests can mix in the communal TV lounge, enjoy the views or a homemade meal in the café. Big windows give beautiful views over the River Coquet. The bunkhouse has laundry facilities, a wash down area

Mill Cottage Bunkhouse

Situated close to the historic Nenthead mines in the centre of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Mill Cottage Bunkhouse sleeps 6 in an upstairs bunkroom. Each “ship’s cabin” bunk has blinds for privacy and an internal light and shelf. Downstairs is a small well equipped kitchen and a sitting/dining room. A self-catering continental breakfast is provided and a full english cooked breakfast can be purchased for £4. The local Miner’s Arms pub is great

This map shows the locations of bunkhouses, camping barns and hostels in Northumberland, Country Durham and Tyne & Wear.

This map shows Bunkhouses, Camping Barns and Hostels in Northumberland, County Durham and Tyne and Wear. The map takes in the cities of Newcastle, Durham, Sunderland and Middlesborough as well as smaller towns such as Rothbury, Berwick, Wooler  and Alnwick. There is a concentration of National Parks in the area including the Northumberland National Park and the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  A number of hostels are located close to Hadrian’s Wall whilst others are situated along the coast  in Seahouses, Dunster and Alnmouth . The stunning landscape of the area takes in Kielder water and Kielder forest, part of the Northumberland International Dark Sky Park.  The Cheviot Hills are to the west of Berwick Upon Tweed.  The Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve & the Farne Islands and be reached by causeways and boat. The Durham Heritage Coast is also worth a visit. Entertainment for the family can be found at Alnwick Garden, whilst lovers of the arts can visit The Angel of the North or attend a concert at the Sage, Gateshead. The area’s important and varied history is shown off at it’s best at Alnwick Castle and the ruined castles at Dunstanburgh and Warkworth along with Durham Cathedral and of course Hadrian’s Wall. Walkers and cyclists regularly take on the challenge of the long distance paths in Northumberland and independent hostels are perfect stopping points on these journeys. Independent Hostels and Bunkhouses provide ideal accommodation for walkers, cyclist and tourists. They have self catering kitchens which are great for budget holidays and many have drying rooms and secure cycle storage. The locations of the accommodation are chosen in areas of natural beauty or close to path and cycle routes.