Travel around Ashington
Ashington is situated in the county of Northumberland, just a stone’s throw from Newcastle upon Tyne. Skirting the banks of the River Wansbeck, this picturesque mining town is brimming with culture and charm. Explore the town’s rich industrial past at the local museum, stroll along the winding woodland paths or take an unforgettable ride on the town’s very own miniature railway.
Ashington is easily accessible by road, and Arriva buses run a selection of services in and out of the town centre. Explore the outlying areas, like Morpeth and Amble, or hop on a bus and experience the bright lights of Newcastle city centre.
Ashington has a rich history, which can be traced right back to the Dark Ages. Its name is believed to originate from a Saxon invader known as Æsc, who sailed up the River Wansbeck and settled nearby.
Still a relatively small hamlet at the beginning of the Victorian age, the town was transformed in the mid-1800s when the Duke of Portland established a number of collieries in the area. The coal mining industry flourished following the advent of the railway, as did the town’s economy, and at the height of the Industrial Revolution, Ashington was considered to be the coal mining capital of the world. Famous for its sporting sons, including Jackie Milburn, Sir Bobby Charlton and his brother Jack, Ashington is a bustling modern town today with a thriving economy.