In keeping with the inspiring Northumberland surroundings, those on a short stay in Rothbury will find an abundance of galleries and arts and crafts locations in the town.
Sitting close to the edge of the vast Northumberland National Park, those coming to serviced apartments in Rothbury will have access to incredible natural locations while staying in a quaint and characterful Northumberland town. Scotland is only about 14 miles away and the North Sea coast about 13 miles. Also, as the town sits on Northumberland’s longest river, the River Coquet, visitors will find themselves with so much to do within easy reach.
As well as exploring Northumberland National Park and the Coquet Valley, there are plenty more things to do in the town itself nearby. The National Trust property Cragside House and Gardens is just to the east of the main part of the town and was once the home of Victorian inventor and industrialist William Armstrong. Stocked with clever gadgetry of the inventor’s own design, it was the first house in the world to be lit by hydroelectricity. Another place to visit for those staying in self-catering apartments in Rothbury is the Brinkburn Priory, a 12th century church a little under 5 miles from the town. This old mediaeval monastery lies on the River Coquet and is now managed by English Heritage.
In keeping with the inspiring Northumberland surroundings, those on a short stay in Rothbury will find an abundance of galleries and arts and crafts locations in the town. Each has its own flavour, such as the Crown Studio Gallery, which combines paintings, jewellery and pottery, or the Red Grouse Gallery, described as an ‘Aladdin’s Cave of model kits, models, toys and games’. There is also a town arts centre.
Shopping in Rothbury can certainly not be described as a walk past all the usual suspects, with an exploration through the largely stone-built town centre being a story of individually owned shops, punctuated briefly by the presence of a Co-op Local store on the High Street. In fact, it could be argued that the town centre doesn’t feel quite like a town centre at all; not so much for a lack of shops, but rather an abundance of open space, leafy trees and an incredibly relaxed vibe.
Yet for those coming to Rothbury accommodation, it’s mostly about getting out and about rather than hanging around in the centre of town. This could start with a simple five-mile circular walk starting from the town’s main car park, taking in breath taking views of the surrounding countryside and moors. However, if you fancy something a bit more challenging, the Simonside Hills – also referred to as the ‘Sacred Mountain’ – are appealing to walkers and those cycling around the area. Beyond that, there is an incredible amount of woodland and forest in the area, covering an astonishing 26,000 acres. For those who like to take in the outside at a more leisurely pace, however, Rothbury also has an excellent golf course within walking distance of the town centre.
Depending upon where you come from, Rothbury isn’t the easiest place in the world to reach, but then for those coming to stay in the town the journey, there can be an enjoyable start to their visit. The B3641 approaches from the west, skirting the river valley and the national park. The closest city apartments to Rothbury are likely to be in Newcastle upon Tyne, which is about 26 miles to the southeast.