Travelling around Morpeth
Morpeth is located in the county of Northumberland, in the north east of England. Lying on the banks of the River Wansbeck, this timeless market town is steeped in history, from its stunning 17th-century clock tower to its medieval gatehouse.
With the beautiful Northumberland coast just a few miles away, local museums chronicling the town’s rich heritage and numerous country parks to explore, there’s plenty to keep you entertained in this charming town.
Morpeth has excellent road and rail links, and Arriva buses run services in the area, with routes to and from Newcastle, as well as outlying areas, such as Alnwick and Amble.
Morpeth has a vibrant history, dating back to the Neolithic period. The first written record of Morpeth appears in 1080, when the town was gifted to the de Merlay family by William the Conqueror. In 1215, the town was at the centre of a conflict between King John and his barons, and the town’s original castle, built by William de Merlay, was laid siege and burnt to the ground. Morpeth Castle, the gatehouse of which still stands today, was built shortly after. Morpeth was granted a market in 1199, and it quickly became one of the largest in northern England. By the 1800s, it was one of the main cattle markets in the UK.