time to explore
Kielder Waterside and Forest Park is only a few miles from Falstone Barns. When staying at Falstone Barns you can make use of all the activities at Kielder Waterside by booking through their website. You will find the Forest Bar and other cafes at Kielder Waterside too. Based in the heart of Kielder Water & Forest Park, there is so much for everyone to do, from learning all about astronomy and spotting stars at Kielder Observatory, to running around the forest and reservoir on Kielder Marathon weekend, all you need to do is pick what you would like to do.
Hexham is an easy drive from Falstone Barns and whether you have a few hours or a few days, there is plenty to see and do in the old market town. Clustered around the medieval Abbey there is a lovely park, independent shops, galleries, an Art Deco cinema, theatre and arts centre, walks, fishing, golf and many other activities all within walking distance.
Corbridge is a very pretty market town and within easy reach of Falstone Barns. You will find an array of independent shops including dress boutiques and homeware stores as well as cafes, pubs and restaurants. For the history enthusiast, rare Roman armour and the Corbridge Lion, are housed in this English Heritage Roman Town. You can see a time capsule of Roman life inside the museum and then explore the remains of the streets they once walked.
Step back in time in Blanchland, the postcard-perfect, honey-stone village with the rightful reputation as one of the prettiest villages in the north of England.
The village owes its name to the French canons who lived and worked in Blanchland Abbey and were distinguished by their white habits. ‘Blanche’ is French for white, and so the name ‘Blanchland’ was born. A local shop with an unusual, white-washed postbox, The White Monk Tea Room, which used to be the village school, Blanchland Abbey and the magnificent Lord Crewe Arms are all that you’ll find in this bite-sized village.
The Coast & Castles
From mighty castles that tower over towns, to once-grand, romantic ruins, Northumberland boasts over 70 castle sites for you to explore.
With a legacy of a turbulent history, they’re scattered along our coastline, perched on rugged islands, and sitting in the hearts of cobbled market towns.
See small-scale remains, fully restored sites that dominate the coast, magical grounds where you can ‘fly’ a broomstick, and even a haunted castle. The Northumberland coast is within easy reach of Falstone Barns.
Built to guard the wild northern frontier of the Roman Empire in AD122, Hadrian’s Wall was more than just a barricade; it was a vibrant and multi-cultural occupied military zone of mile-castles, barracks, ramparts, forts and settlements; sprawling almost 80 miles in length from the North Sea to the Irish Sea. The building of the Wall required vision and an outstanding level of engineering skill. Set amongst the wild beauty of Cumbrian and Northumbrian landscapes, it still impresses today and stands as a testimony to the power and reach of the mighty Roman Empire. Hadrian’s Wall is within easy access of Falstone Barns.
Falstone Barns are nearby the fabulous Kielder Observatory, a magical and unique visitor attraction under the finest dark skies in England.
Kielder Observatory is one of the most remarkable places to visit in the whole of the UK. A public astronomical observatory which is second to none, under some of the darkest skies in the world where you’ll find “infinite inspiration” and wonders you could never have imagined!