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
Firs Edge, The Firs, Alston, Cumbria, CA9 3RW
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 is the hostel about halfway on the very popular Coast to Coast (C2C) cycle route but it is also located directly on the Pennine Way. The perfect stop-over for walkers and cyclists. You’ll receive a warm welcome, We’re also available for exclusive hire!
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 2020 the bunkhouse will be open to groups in the winter season with self-catering.
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.
Orchard House, Mohope, Hexham, Northumberland NE47 8DQ
Book a bed, a room, a chalet room 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 Trail.
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.
Near Blue Row Cottages, Carrshield, Hexham, NE47 8AR
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.
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.
Carrs Farm, 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.
Demesne Farm, Bellingham, Hexham, Northumberland, NE48 2BS
This bunkhouse is on a working hill farm in the centre of Bellingham and near to Northumberland National Park. Situated on the Pennine Way, Route 68 and the Reivers & Sandstone Way cycle routes, it is an ideal base for exploring Northumberland, Hadrian’s Wall, Kielder Water and many climbing crags. The bunkhouse is very well appointed with quality bunks, a well equipped kitchen, a farmhouse table to seat 15 and a large comfortable communal area.
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 a bunk, a room, a floor (up to 18) or the whole bunkhouse (up to 39). 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 all family & dog friendly.
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.
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.
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.
Springhill Farm, Seahouses, Northumberland NE68 7UR
Springhill’s Lookout & Wigwams offer great value, comfortable accommodation which can be booked as a whole or on a per bed/night basis. Ideal for groups, families or couples. Superbly located on the Northumberland Heritage Coastline there are stunning views towards the Farne Islands and Cheviot Hills while Seahouses and Bamburgh are within very easy reach.
51 Grainger Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 5JE
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 £17. 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 chargeable laundry facilities.The Albatross offers the perfect city centre base for international travellers, walkers, cyclists, and bikers.
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 campsite.
Ilderton, Wooler, Northumberland NE66 4JL
Ilderton Dod Barns are a luxury bunkhouse & a self-contained cottage in the Northumberland National Park. On a working hill farm down a 1.5 mile private track, the former stables have been restored to provide quality, cosy accommodation. Ideally located close to The Pennine Way, The Sandstone Way & with many other footpaths & bridleways on the doorstep. The perfect base for walkers, mountain bikers and horse riders (paddocks available).
Nr Rowlands Gill, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear, NE16 6BG
This grade II listed stable block on the National Trust Gibside Estate is now a comfortable, well equipped bunkhouse sleeping 37 in 4 rooms, or 18 in 2 rooms. Up to 3 dogs welcomed by arrangement. Enjoy the cafés & activities on the estate during the day & have the whole park to yourselves in the evening. Within driving distance of the Northumberland coast, Newcastle, Durham, NT Cragside, NT Wallington & NT Souter Lighthouse.
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.
Northumberland Adventure Centre, Deneholme, Allendale, Hexham, Northumberland, NE47 9PX
On the edge of Allendale, in the North Pennines AONB, Deneholme hostel & outdoor activity centre accommodates groups of 14-40. Perfect for schools, clubs, family reunions & weddings. Stag/hen groups are welcome. Self cater or catered. This impressive Edwardian country house set in expansive lawns and 5 acres of steep woodland has 11 bedrooms and plenty of communal areas, some large enough for 40+ guests to dine/celebrate together.
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.
Allenheads Lodge, Allenheads, Northumberland NE47 9HW
Situated in the heart of the North Pennines, Allenheads Lodge is an excellent 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.
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.
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.
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.
Cragside, Rothbury, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE65 7PX
A traditional conversion of Victorian workers’ cottages in the centre of the National Trust Cragside Estate with fabulous views overlooking the lake.
Cragside bunkhouse sleeps 16 in 5 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, an hour’s drive to the coast, the Cheviots and Hadrian’s Wall.
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 (Harry Potter) castle & gardens.
The charming 19th century building sleeps 18 in heated sections of 2s, 3s & a 5. Fully equipped kitchen, spacious dining area, lounge with fire & hot showers. Close to NCN Route 1.
Wallington, Cambo, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE61 4AR
Situated in the heart of the National Trust Wallington Estate, visitors to the bunkhouse will have free access to the mansion, it’s shops and café. 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 Hadrian’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. It sleeps 20 in four rooms.
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 Chatto, 8 miles from Northumberland’s vast empty beaches and historic castles and 5 miles from the heather clad Cheviot Hills. Walking, water sports, climbing, fishing, golf and cycling are all nearby. The 2 dorms can be rented separately. There is a 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.
Brown Rigg, Bellingham, Northumberland. NE48 2HR
Brown Rigg Guest Rooms offer luxury hostel accommodation in the Northumberland National Park. Close to Bellingham, for Kielder Water & Forest Park, it is also directly on the Pennine Way & 400m to the Sandstone Way, Reviers Route & Pennine Cycleway. The 6 double guest rooms can be booked alongside the 4 lodges. A function hall & outdoor activities are available on site.
Haggs Bank Bunkhouse, Nentsbury, Alston, Cumbria, CA9 3LH
In the stunning North Pennines AONB, England’s last wilderness, perfect for lovers of the great outdoors such as walkers and cyclists. Isaac’s Tea Trail passes through the site, directly on the C2C and with bicycle hire (including electric bikes) available nearby. Pre-booked breakfast and evening meals can be provided for larger groups. The campsite has tiered pitches to enhance the views across the Nent valley. Electric hook-ups available in the car park.
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.
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.
Slack House Farm, Gilsland Brampton, Cumbria, CA8 7DB
Slack House Farm is a working, organic 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 bunkbarn is adjacent to the farm’s cheese dairy. It is heated and has basic self-catering facilities and an outdoor cooking/barbecue cabin. Breakfasts, farmhouse suppers, ready meals and packed lunches available.
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 and castles of the Northumbrian Coast. Particularly popular with divers, families, cyclists, walkers, school, church and youth groups, parties of all sizes welcome, sole use also available. Booking is essential.
Harwood Forest, Ewesley, Morpeth NE61 4LJ
Hidden away in the heart of Harwood Forest, 20 miles NW of Morpeth, Chartners Farm is definitely off the grid. It’s a 5 mile drive along forest tracks from the road. All electricity is generated by wind turbines & solar panels, while a huge log burner heats the radiators and keeps the place at a cosy 20 degrees. The perfect spot to escape the rat race, unwind & recharge. With no WiFi you can really switch off! Nature surrounds you. Come & enjoy complete peace and tranquility.
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.
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.
Birdoswald Roman Fort, Gilsland, Brampton, Cumbria, CA8 7DD
Birdoswald Bunkhouse is a 17th century farmhouse built into the remains of Birdoswald Roman Fort on the best preserved stretch of Hadrian’s Wall. Set within an English Heritage estate, the bunkhouse is an ideal base for wild walks with breathtaking views and discovering the area’s Roman heritage. The bunkhouse provides group accommodation for groups of between 15 and 37 people, with seven bedrooms, a large farmhouse kitchen and a dining room with views over the fort.
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.