Eating & shopping
Food, glorious food
Allen Banks is one of Northumberland's largest area of ancient woodland - so what better place to bring a picnic than here?
There's no shop on site so it's best to pack all of your favourite goodies and something to wash them down with to enjoy at one of our picnic benches. Alternatively, there are some local and wonderful places to eat and explore, including our Visitor Centre...
- Picnic benches - there are tables / benches found at the entrance area.
- The Watchtower that has wooden benches inside and provides beautiful views over the woodland.
- Wooden benches around the property that show Laurence Hewer's poems about Allen Banks.
- Toilet facilities.
- Litter bins, all we ask is that you put any rubbish into the bins provided.
Housesteads Visitor Centre
Newly renovated in May last year our fantastic Visitor Centre is just a stone's throw away from Allen Banks and is next to Hadrian's Wall. Here, you can buy a variety of refreshments, both hot and cold, as well as some treats for afterwards. There is an outdoor play area and your four-legged friends are welcome too!
Near Bardon Mill, Hexham, Northumberland, NE47 6NN. Tel: 01434 344525
The Garden Station
The Garden Station Cafe is a restored Victorian railway station in a woodland garden in Langley-on-Tyne, near Hexham in beautiful Northumberland.
Here, you will find a Garden, Woodland Walk, Art Exhibitions and a Café serving seasonal and locally-sourced food.
Langley-On-Tyne nr Hexham, Northumberland, NE47 5LA. Tel: 01434 684391
Bardon Mill Village Tea Room and Shop
This quaint little beauty is a shop, tea room and a delicatessen all-in-one.
The tea room offers hot and cold drinks as well as delicious home-baked cakes, it's a place to sit and watch village life from the window overlooking the green, or to take time out from a walk or cycle along the South Tyne Valley.
Bardon Mill, Hexham, NE47 7HX. Tel: 07756 790108