Eating & shopping

Picnic in style at Allen Banks

Allen Banks welcome point offers a fab spot for a picnic

Allen Banks welcome point offers a fab spot for a picnic

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...

What is here...

  • Visit the summerhouse to discover some real fantastic views! © Victoria Gibson

    Other options

    If you prefer to eat on the move, stop at the summerhouse for unbeatable views...

  • Take a break on the memorial benches while you read Lawrence Hewer’s poems © Victoria Gibson

    Book worm?

    ...or read Lawrence Hewer's poems as you enjoy your meal...

  • The toilets are available for use © National Trust

    Comfort break?

    ...there are toilet facilities on-site near to the welcome area, please help yourself...

  • Please help us keep Allen Banks clean © National Trust

    Tidy up

    ...all we ask is that you please take your litter to the nearest bin.

Housesteads Visitor Centre

Families, friends, groups, schools and even dogs are welcome  © Victoria Gibson

Families, friends, groups, schools and even dogs are welcome

Our Visitor Centre is just a stone's throw away, next to the iconic Hadrian's Wall.

Here, you can buy a variety of refreshments, both hot and cold, as well as 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

A restored Victorian railway station in a woodland garden © The Garden Station

A restored Victorian railway station in a woodland garden

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, art exhibitions and a café serving locally-sourced food.

Langley-On-Tyne nr Hexham, Northumberland, NE47 5LA. Tel: 01434 684391

Bardon Mill Village Tea Room and Shop

You’ll receive a warm welcome at Bardon Mill Tea Room and shop © Bardon Mill Tea Room

You’ll receive a warm welcome at Bardon Mill 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

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