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HMP Northumberland is near the village of Acklington, The nearest town is Morpeth (12 miles south of the prison). The nearest city is Newcastle Upon Tyne (27 miles south of the prison).

Getting here by car

The postcode is NE65 9XG for those using sat-nav. The prison is 6 miles off the A1 road, but is not signposted off it. Visitors need to take the turning which is marked with the road signs for Amble (A1068), Acklington, Widdrington & Chevington Moor.

The prison can also be reached by the A19 and the A189 /A1068 coastal spine road travelling from the south.

There is ample free parking at the prison and a small number of disabled parking spaces for visitors who have the appropriate badges.


Getting here by bus

The prison can be reached by the X18 Arriva bus service which runs hourly from the Newcastle Haymarket bus station. It also runs from Berwick in the north via Alnwick Bus Station.

This service runs to the turning circle at the entrance road of the prison, approximately 300 metres walk from the Visitor Centre.

For current service times: Traveline: 0871 200 2233 or


Getting here by train

The nearest mainline train station is Newcastle, with regular East Coast services running from Edinburgh in the north and Darlington, York, Doncaster and London from the south.

There is also some East Coast services stopping at Alnmouth (8 miles north of the prison) and Morpeth (12 miles south).

Visitors can then book a taxi from these small stations to the prison. The X18 bus service also runs close to the stations but does not call at them.

For more information on train services and times: National Rail Enquiries 08457 48 49 50 or

Contacting the prison

All official correspondence must be sent in writing to the address listed below. You can expect to receive a response within 20 working days.

FAO Director
HMP Northumberland
NE65 9XG

Tel: 01670 383100

Prisoner welfare
If you have concerns about the welfare of a person in custody at HMP Northumberland, you can contact our Safer Custody line on 01670 383 313. Please note this is an automated telephone, where you will be required to leave a voicemail message.

You can also use this link below, which is an online portal for family members to email the prison any concerns they have:

HMP Northumberland | Prisoners' Families Helpline (


Media enquiries

For all media enquiries, please call 020 7404 0110 or email

This number and email is for journalists' enquiries only.

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