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.
Northumbrian bunkhouses & hostels
Slack House Farm, Gilsland Brampton, Cumbria, CA8 7DB
Slack House Farm is a working, organic dairy farm overlooking Birdoswald Roman Fort on Hadrian’s Wall. On the NCN 72 cycle trail and bordering the dark-skies of Kielder and the Northumberland National Park. Half a km from Hadrian’s Wall National Trail. The bunk-barn is adjacent to the farm’s cheese dairy. It is heated and has self-catering facilities and an outdoor cooking/barbecue cabin. Provisions available from the adjacent farm-shop
The Firs, Alston, Cumbria, CA9 3RW
Alston Youth Hostel is within the historic town of Alston nestled in the North Pennines on the eastern side of Cumbria. It is situated directly on the Pennine Way and Isaac’s Tea Trail and also about halfway on the very popular Coast to Coast (C2C) cycle route with great indoor cycle storage. The perfect stop-over for walkers and cyclists. You’ll receive a warm welcome, Exclusive hire also available!
Low House, Edmundbyers, Consett, Durham, DH8 9NL
Edmunbyers hostel lies in moorland, close to the Northumberland/County Durham boundary, with fine views. It’s just two miles from Derwent Reservoir, for sailing & fishing. Ideal for walking holidays, it’s also on the C2C cycle route & is close to Hadrian’s Wall & Beamish outdoor museum. Cosy & comfortable with optional home cooked evening meals & breakfasts.
Allenheads Lodge, Allenheads, Northumberland NE47 9HW
Situated in the heart of the North Pennines, Allenheads Lodge is an excellent group venue for outdoor activities or relaxing in the peaceful countryside.
An ideal accommodation stop on the C2C cycle route it’s just 47 miles from the North Sea coast. Comfortable and well equipped, the lodge has 24 beds in four rooms, central heating, individual toilet and showers and a large kitchen/dining room. The lodge also boasts hot showers, drying facilities, bed linen and secure bike storage.
Greystones, Lanehead, Tarset, Hexham, NE48 1NT
In the heart of the Northumberland International Dark Sky Park and close to the Pennine Way. These striking timber eco-buildings integrate into their natural surroundings making the most of this remarkable location and providing the perfect base for outdoor adventures.
The bunkhouse and bothies provide stylish, versatile & comfortable self- catering accommodation which can be used for events, conferences & parties.
Barrington Cottage, Rookhope, Weardale, Co. Durham, DL13 2BG
Situated in the peaceful village of Rookhope, in Weardale, Barrington Bunkhouse accommodates 15 people. There’s room for 13 in the bunkhouse, whilst the adjacent caravan sleeps two. Camping space is also available.
The kitchen is equipped with two toasters, a kettle, a microwave and a fridge, whilst The Rookhope Inn next door serves fine food. All are welcome; cyclists, walkers and family groups.
Ushaw Historic House Chapels and Gardens, near Durham. DH7 9RH
Situated in rolling countryside just 15 mins from Durham city centre, Ushaw Historic House sleeps 18 in private single & twin ensuite rooms. There are no communal facitiles but a cafe is oftern available during the daytime and catering may be available for groups. You can enjoy the acres of grounds and free access to the many Chapels on the site. You are also invited to join any events happening during your stay (payment may be required).
Orchard House, Mohope, Hexham, Northumberland NE47 8DQ
Book a bed, a room, a chalet room, a wing or the whole hostel. Ninebanks 4* Hostel, in stunning rural Northumberland, has en-suite bedrooms, a sitting room with log-burner and a spacious dining room. In the chalet are two high quality studio rooms, fully self-contained and separate from the hostel. Dogs welcome with prior notice for sole use or in the chalet. In the North Pennines close to Hadrian’s Wall and on Isaac’s Tea Trai.
The Stanegate, Newbrough, Hexham, Northumberland, NE47 5AR
In the centre of the village of Newbrough, this community run bunkhouse sleeps 22 across 3 dorms. Facilities include
2 shower/WC rooms, 2 sink areas & a small equipped kitchen. A large communal area is available to groups by arrangement. With footpaths leading directly to Hadrian’s Wall, approx 3 miles away, it is popular with walkers. While for cyclists the Sandstone Way & Hadrian’s Cycleway pass right by.
Friends of Nature House, Waukford, Kirk Yetholm, Kelso,Roxburghshire, TD5 8PG
Kirk Yetholm Friends of Nature House is perfectly located at the start/end of the Pennine Way. It is also close to St. Cuthbert's Way, the Borderloop Cycle Route and Sustrans Route 84. It's a great base too for local day hikes, ideal for individuals, families and small groups. Recently upgraded, the house offers a comfortable, friendly and peaceful retreat. Evening meals and breakfast are available in the adjacent hotel.
34 - 38 Green Batt, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 1TU
This family friendly 4* hostel has en suite rooms, cosy lounge, games room and a spacious dining room. Located in the centre of town, it is ideal for Alnwick Castle, (of Downton Abbey and Harry Potter fame) and Alnwick Garden. The coast, with castles at Dunstanburgh and Bamburgh, Farne Isles, magical Holy Island and glorious sandy beaches is just a 15 minute drive. While inland the Cheviot Hills & Hadrian’s Wall await you.
Preston, Chathill, Northumberland. NE67 5ES
Nestled in the hamlet of Preston, The Joiners Shop Bunkhouse is just 5 miles from the Northumberland coastline & 7 miles from Alnwick famed for its Castle & Gardens. The charming 19th century building sleeps 18 with one double bed and 16 single pine bunks arranged in heated sections of 3s & 5s. Fully equipped kitchen, spacious dining area, lounge with fire & hot showers. Close to NCN Route 1.
Florrie's on the Wall, Kingbank, Walton, Cumbria, CA8 2DH
Located right on the Hadrian’s Wall National Trail this newly converted bunkhouse is aimed at walkers or cyclists. With drying room and cycle storage this is the perfect stop-over on the trail. Open for individuals from April to October, Florrie’s provides a comfortable bed, breakfast and evening meals plus the opportunity to socialise with other guests at the bar. From October through the winter season the bunkhouse is open to groups with self-catering.
146 Main Street,Seahouses Northumberland NE68 7UA
Located in Seahouses with an easy walk to St Aidan’s beach. The Hides provide affordable accommodation on the magnificent Northumbrian Coast.
Perfect for groups, families or independent travellers. Each Hide is an en-suite room sleeping 4 in beds & bunks. The rooms open onto a communal courtyard with access to the well equipped self-catering kitchen, bike storage, drying room & laundry.
Chartners, Harwood Forest, Ewesley, Morpeth NE61 4LJ
Hidden away in Harwood Forest, owned by Forestry England, between Rothbury and Morpeth, Chartners Farm is definitely off the grid. It’s a 5 mile drive along forest tracks from the nearest road. All electricity is generated by a wind turbine & solar panels, while a huge log burner heats the radiators and keeps the place cosy. The perfect spot to escape the rat race, relax, unwind & recharge or get out into the countryside for energetic walking or biking. Fully equipped for a self-catered break.
Gibbs Hill Farm, Bardon Mill, Nr Hexham, Northumberland, NE47 7AP
Gibbs Hill Farm Hostel is on a working hill farm near Once Brewed and Hadrian’s Wall and close to the Pennine Way. Designed to reduce energy consumption it is centrally heated throughout. Comprising 3 bunkrooms, 2 shower rooms, 2 toilets, a well equipped kitchen, a comfortable communal area and a large deck where you can enjoy the evening sun. Ideal for families who can book a whole room with private facilities. Study groups welcome. Self catering only.
Hemscott Hill Farm, Widdrington, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE61 5EQ
On the Northumberland Coast close to Amble and Warkworth, Calico Barn is perfect for walkers and cyclists on NCN1 and Coast & Castles routes.
The bunkhouse has a log burner and is designed to be a home from home. Fully equipped kitchen and dining area, private and shared rooms with comfortable bunk beds. Cereal breakfast included and self-cook breakfast packs available.
Veranda and paddock outside.
Haggs Bank Bunkhouse, Nentsbury, Alston, Cumbria, CA9 3LH
Set in the stunning North Pennines AONB, England’s last wilderness. This modern conversion of a historic mine building provides warm accommodation with excellent hot showers for lovers of the great outdoors. Isaac’s Tea Trail and the C2C pass right by. There are self catering facilities and meals can be provided for groups. The campsite has tiered pitches and views across the Nent valley. Electric hook-ups, secure cycle storage and plenty of parking.
Greencarts Farm, Humshaugh, Northumberland. NE46 4BW
Greencarts Bunkhouses & Camping are on a working farm in Northumberland National Park. Right next to Hadrian’s Wall, they are perfect for walkers or cyclists. There are two accommodation units: The Bunkhouse sleeps 10 in two rooms, while the Barn sleeps 13 in one open plan room. All bedding is provided and continental breakfast is available. There is also a large campsite.
Garrigill Village Hall, Garrigill, Alston, Cumbria, CA9 3DS
Perfect for the Pennine Way or C2C cycle route. In the lovely village of Garrigill, the bunkroom above the village hall sleeps 8 with bedding hire available. Larger groups can BYO bedding and use the hall itself where 12 camp beds are available. There is free WiFi, a well equipped kitchen, showers and drying room. It makes the ideal long distance walk/C2C stop over.
Ilderton, Wooler, N’umberland NE66 4JL
Ilderton Dod Barns, in Northumberland National Park, include The Barn, which sleeps 9 in one large sleeping area & Cuckoo Cottage which sleeps 3. On a working hill farm down a 1.5 mile private track, the barns have been recently converted to provide quality, cosy, self catering accommodation. Located close to The Pennine Way, The Sandstone Way with many other footpaths & bridleways on the doorstep. The perfect base for walkers, mountain bikers & horse riders (paddocks available).
Houghton North Farm, Heddon-on-the-Wall, Northumberland, NE15 0EZ
Houghton North Farm, partly built with stones from Hadrian’s Wall is in the beautiful Northumberland countryside right on the Hadrian’s Wall trail, 15 miles from the start. This spacious new build is perfect for groups, individuals or families. The bunkrooms are located around the central courtyard. There is a self-catering kitchen (continental breakfast included). The TV lounge has a log fire and WiFi. Long-term parking, baggage transfer and packed lunches are available on request.
Greenhead Hotel, Greenhead, Brampton, Cumbria, CA8 7HG
Situated in the village of Greenhead on both the Pennine Way and Hadrian’s Wall, the bunkhouse is ideal for walking the Pennine Way Trail or The Wall Path or for exploring the nearby Roman heritage sites. It has a self-catering kitchen big enough for large groups. The flexible accommodation can be booked by the bed, the room or for sole use. Greenhead hostel/ bunkhouse is run by Greenhead Hotel just over the road.
157 Main Street, Seahouses, Northumberland NE68 7TU
Within easy walking distance of Seahouses, this recently refurbished hostel offers affordable, spacious & comfortable accommodation. A perfect base for visiting the beaches & castles of the Northumbrian Coast. Particularly popular with divers, families, cyclists, walkers, school, church & youth groups. Parties of all sizes welcome. Sole use also available. Booking is essential.
Market Place, Allendale, Hexham, NE47 9BD
Allendale Bunkhouse sits on the Market Square overlooking the hustle and bustle of this small country town, the fells & River East Allen beyond. It is an oasis for walkers, cyclists, horse riders, families, groups of friends and youth & school groups alike. Book the whole bunkhouse for up to 25 people. Allendale is well served with tea rooms, the Forge art gallery & café, a quirky gift shop, a pharmacy, and three wonderful country pubs, all serving food and dog friendly.
Radcliffes Lodge, Coble Quay, Amble, Northumberland. NE65 0FB
Opened in 2021, Radcliffes Lodge is a purpose built boutique hostel overlooking the Marina in the vibrant harbour town of Amble on the Northumberland Coast. Sleeping 48 across 9 en suite rooms, with plenty of communal areas, the lodge oozes quality & style. With the Coast & Castles cycle route & the Northumberland Coastal Path on the doorstep the Lodge is perfect for walkers, cyclists, independent travellers & groups of friends & families.
36 Abbey Street, Carlisle, CA3 8TX
Carlisle’s only independent hostel. Located on picturesque Abbey Street, the building is an old Georgian terrace accommodating up to 20 guests. There is a communal kitchen, lounge with TV, DVDs & book swap and a dining room. Free tea, coffee and WiFi . Prices include a basic breakfast. A great place from which to explore Carlisle, the Tuille House Museum, the Eden Valley, Hadrian’s Wall and more. The staff look forward to welcoming you as their guest to the hostel & the city.
Chatton Park Farm, Chatton, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 5RA
A former smithy converted into a self-catering bunkhouse on a mixed working farm 1/2 mile from Chatton. Eight miles from Northumberland’s vast empty beaches and historic castles and five miles from the heather clad Cheviot Hills.
Walking, water sports, climbing, fishing, golf and cycling are all nearby. Fully equipped kitchen, seating around the original blacksmith’s fire & hot showers.
30 Cheviot Street, Wooler, Northumberland, NE71 6LW
Wooler Youth Hostel & Shepherd’s Huts are on the edge of the town and offer an ideal base for exploring the Northumberland National Park, the Cheviot Hills, local castles and fine sandy beaches. For walkers there’s St Cuthbert’s Way and for cyclists, Wooler cycle hub routes, Pennine Cycleway and the Sandstone Way. There are bridleways perfect for mountain biking and lots of bouldering and climbing.
Wolsingham, County Durham, DL13 3BQ
Carrs Farm Bunkhouse is a converted 17th century barn with stunning views over Weardale. It provides comfortable bunk bed accommodation for groups of up to 21 people in three rooms. There is a fully equipped self catering kitchen, games/lounge area and outdoor seating with BBQ.
Situated on a working farm at the heart of the North Pennines. Guided walks and outdoor activities are available for groups and schools.
Mount Hooley, College Valley, Wooler, Northumberland, NE71 6TU
Nestled in the beautiful College Valley, North Northumberland, Mounthooly Bunkhouse is a perfect stop-off on the Pennine Way and St Cuthbert’s Way. Dogs are welcome by arrangement. There is a well equipped kitchen and living area with log burner. Bedding and WiFi is supplied. Cars need a permit to access the private valley which is provided on arrival. A haven for wildlife with red squirrels, otters and a thriving population of feral goats in the valley. The perfect wild get away from it all.
Near Blue Row Cottages, Carrshield, Hexham, NE47 8AF.
Surrounded by the fells & valleys of the North Pennines, Carrshield Camping Barn offers basic accommodation for 18 across 3 rooms, each with a wood-burner and a wooden sleeping platform. There’s a separate cooking area & a composting WC. BYO stove, utensils & sleeping bag/mat. Perfectly located it’s on the Isaac’s Tea Trail, C2C cycle route and close to a number of mountain bike routes. Camping may be available.
Bluebell Farm Caravan Park, Belford, Northumberland, NE70 7QE
Bluebell Farm Bunkbarn is within walking distance of shops and pubs. It is ideally located for exploring Nothumberland’s Heritage Coast, the Cheviot Hills and the Scottish Borders. The Bunkbarn sleeps 14, the Studio 4. Plus 2 studio apartments and 5 self-catering cottages.
There is a shared modern toilet block. BYO sleeping bags/towels or hire. Studio apartments & cottages have bed linen.
Bunkhouses, camping barns and hostels in Northumberland, Country Durham and Tyne & 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.
Great for Family Holidays
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.