New Homes in Morpeth
Welcome to Morpeth
Whether you’re exploring country parks, taking the kids to the zoo or visiting museums, there’s something for the whole family to enjoy close to your new home in Morpeth. Located in Northumberland just a short commute from Newcastle, a new home in Morpeth could just tick all the right boxes for your next move.
A quick history
Morpeth dates back to the 7th century when the settlement got its name from the Old English language, although artefacts have been discovered in the local area dating back to Neolithic times. The town grew around a river crossing across the Wansbeck, and later after the Norman’s invaded the north of England, a motte and bailey castle was built.
Newminster Abbey was built in the 12th century, and a market charter was granted shortly afterwards. By the 19th century, Morpeth was known for its cattle market and later, during the Second World War,
the RAF had a base and training school nearby.
Business and industry
Employers in Morpeth include Piramal Healthcare, while neighbouring Newcastle is home to a number of major headquarters including Greggs, Virgin Money, The Go-Ahead Group and Northern Powergrid. In Sunderland, big businesses range from Nissan Motors to the public transport company DB Arriva.
Things to do in the area
Morpeth is home to a number of independent shops, along with a regular market and a monthly farmer’s market. Northumberland Arts and Craft Gallery and the Bagpipe Museum are also in the town, while family-friendly places of interest nearby include Kirkland Hall Zoo, Plessey Woods Country Park and Dinosaur Encounter Adventure Golf.
If you want to explore the great outdoors, Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Northumberland National Park are only a short drive away, while Carlisle Park is a good place to take the kids. The town is also known for the annual Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering which takes place each year.
Travel and commuting
Morpeth is well-connected by both road and rail, ideal if your commuting for work or visiting family and friends. The journey to Newcastle takes 25 minutes by car or train, while you can get to Durham in 45 minutes by car and Sunderland in 50 minutes by car or one hour by train.
To get to London, the journey from Morpeth takes four hours by train, changing once in Newcastle. When it’s time for a well-earned holiday, you can get to Newcastle International Airport in just 20 minutes by car.