Why visit Morpeth?
Morpeth is a county town in Northumbria located in the heart of the county, making it the perfect launching pad for stunning beaches, a collection of border castles and protected rural countryside in the Northumbria National Park.
Best places to visit
The town itself boasts a rich history going back to medieval times. Two places worth exploring during your stay are the historic gardens at Carlisle Park and William Turner gardens and the Bagpipe Museum, which is housed in a 13th century chantry.
Morpeth is a market town on the River Wansbeck with a historic church and a Thomas Telford engineered bridge over the river/Credit: Getty Images
Taking place in April is the Morpeth Northumbria Gathering, a festival that showcases Northumbria’s native traditions, and which includes crafts, concert, street performance and even the Border Cavalcade, a re-enactment of the return of Lord Greystoke from the Battle of Otterburn in 1388.
Where to stay
Fancy staying in Morpeth’s 19th century gaol, which is now a Grade II listed building? Morpeth Court was extensively refurbished in 2003 to offer luxury self-catering apartments from just £60 a night, and come with complimentary breakfast. Each apartment includes lounge, kitchen area and bathroom, and is situated in the heart of the town with easy access to the town centre and Carlisle Park. www.morpethcourt.com
Where to eat
The Black and Grey pub and Bridge Street inn (formerly called Black Door Bar and Dining rooms) specialise in producing good value, classic dishes using locally sourced produce. The restaurant is situated in Bridge Street in the heart of the town.
Tell us a local secret
Morpeth was heavily involved in the first Jacobite Rising in 1715, supporting the Scots cause of putting a Stuart back on the British throne.