Ninebanks is a great place for families of all ages. There is a relaxed atmosphere, and because the spacious dining room, sitting room and kitchen are all linked, you can relax while the children play. There is also a barbeque and garden areas outside and plenty of games and books for indoors.
Book a room
: There are 28 beds in six rooms from 2-8 beds. Five are en-suite and the sixth has a private shower room adjacent. All beds are made up ready for your arrival. See the facilities and accommodation
page for more information.
Book the hostel
: gather together your friends and their children, or your own extended family – perhaps for a special occasion or just to get together and catch up. More and more people are finding that taking over a whole hostel is an inexpensive way to get everyone together, without someone in the family having to suffer a major invasion! With 28 beds, six bedrooms and a dining room big enough for everyone, Ninebanks is ideal. Take a look at the Exclusive Hire page.
The self catering kitchen is large and well-equipped, just bring the food
There are two high chairs and travel cots available, these need to booked in advance. There are four bedrooms which will accommodate a cot; Malachite with 2/3 beds, Baryte with 4 beds, Sphalerite with 6 beds and Witherite with 8 beds.
The barbeque area has a normal size picnic table – and a small one for children!
There’s plenty to do out and about. Here are a few suggestions:
• The fabulous Killhope Lead Mining Museum
, a fully restored Victorian mine – a place where everyone learns through fun and involvement. You can go on a mine trip underground, experience the miners’ living conditions in the "mineshop" (part of Ninebanks Youth Hostel was once one of these), see impressive minerals, artwork and the huge water wheel. It’s a great place and while there you find out how the North Pennines once rang with the sound of the lead mining industry. www.killhope.org.uk
• Hadrian’s Wall
– our handy World Heritage site. There are a number of visitor sites dotted along the Wall, we love Vindolanda with its ongoing excavations and Roman Army Museum, Birdoswald fort, or Housesteads for an in-situ Hadrian’s Wall fort experience. Or maybe just a walk along the Wall in stunning open countryside – Cawfields near Haltwhistle is a good starting point.
• Alston’s South Tyne Railway
- enjoy a steam engine ride through the beautiful countryside – you can get a return ticket or walk back and wind up with a cup of tea at the station cafe before exploring the characterful cobbled ways of Alston – England’s highest market town. http://www.south-tynedale-railway.org.uk
– the famous and impressive High Force, the nearby cascades of Low Force, or the more local and little-known Ashgill Force where you can often walk behind the waterfall.
• Hexham Abbey
has an excellent new display area which really engages everyone with this beautiful building
• The North Pennines
– the hills and valleys with scattered villages in our very own Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Allenheads, Nenthead, Blanchland and Allendale are all interesting villages.
from the front door – follow the “Kate’s Clues to Mohope” leaflet that guides you round the interesting sites in our valley, take a round walk along Mohope Beck, or experience the open Pennines moorland.
Our nearest shops are seven miles away in Allendale or Alston, the nearest fuel is in Alston to the south, or Hexham travelling north. Eating out – there are a number of places: the nearest pub is four miles away, there are plenty in Allendale and Alston; and cafes sprinkled all over the North Pennines. Ask us for recommendations.