Visit Haltwhistle: Just three miles from Hadrian's Wall is the historic and picturesque town of Haltwhistle (pictured in our header image above). The town is a popular place to stop with a range of Guest Houses and Bed and Breakfast accommodation as well as great places to eat.  You will also find local supermarkets, a chemist, post office, garage and other independent shops. During the summer months you can also visit the Haltwhistle Swimming & Leisure Centre which has 3 seasonal outdoor heated pools.

Errington Reay Pottery: Located in Bardon Mill Errington Reay is the last commercial pottery in Britain producing salt glaze pottery. There are hundreds of pots to chose from in all shapes and sizes. There is also a small visitor centre at the pottery which is well worth a visit. Next door to the Pottery you will find the Bowes Hotel, a great spot for lunch or an evening meal.  While you are in Bardon Mill pop across to the village store and tea room. You can get refreshments and browse the range of locally produced food and gifts. Bardon Mill also has a train station and the 685 Newcastle-Carlisle / Carlisle-Newcastle bus stops in the village.

Twice Brewed Stargazing & Planetarium: Experience the incredible starry skies above Northumberland with astronomers from the Stargazing team at the Twice Brewed Inn. The newly opened planetarium is a 360 degree immersive multimedia dome bringing to life the universe, see the aurora as if you are in the arctic circle, travel through Nebula, fly through Saturn’s rings and much more! 

The Sill: Northumberland National Park Landscape Discovery Centre

The Sill is a showcase of local pride and passion. It features exhibitions, learning and event spaces, a local food café, a brand new Youth Hostel, rural business hub, and a shop specialising in local crafts and produce. The Sill is located just a short distance from Vindolanda at the Once Brewed on the Military Road (B6318) and is open all year round.

Hexham The historic market town of Hexham is only 12 miles from Vindolanda. You can visit the Abbey, browse the independent shops, enjoy the restuarants and cultural venues or take a walk by the river.  Hexham also has a hospital, garages, large supermarkets and a police station.