The Hub Museum, Alston

of the
North Pennines

Alston, Cumbria

bus marquee

biplane & milk churns

The Hub
Goods Shed
Station Yard
tel: 01434 381609

open 11am - 5pm
weekends Easter to Christmas
daily June - end of September

The Hub is the ultimate visitor experience, encompassing the history of Alston Moor as depicted through an amazing collection of vintage vehicles, photographs and memorobilia, loaned or given by local people.

  • View Alston's early farming history in old photographs and ancient implements
  • Learn the connection between the Sopwith Camel biplane and a very respected mining engineer
  • Walk through Willy Kirsop's BIKE SHOP
  • See pictures of wartime Alston and the contribution that local industry made to the War Effort
  • See the first motorised transport to come to the Moor, the birth of the bus service and the introduction of the railway.

NEW FOR 2008!

  • See the amazing model layout of Alston Railway, and find out about the important part that the Goods Shed played in the development of the mining industry. The detailed buildings are a faithful copy of the original 1950s' layout *
  • KIDS — Have a go at the the Hub Quiz — the clues are all there — are you up to the challenge???....
  • Have a go at operating our TANK ENGINE LAYOUT...and if you're good at it, you could get your very own "ENGINE-DRIVER'S PROFICIENCY CERTIFICATE", signed by our Fat Controller.
  • you could sit in a real Formula 6 racing car, the type that Stirling Moss learnt to drive in...

There's lots to do and see and it's all under cover. What's more, there's FREE PARKING directly outside THE HUB'S front door, so why not combine a visit to THE HUB with a visit to the South Tynedale Railway (over the road from THE HUB), or a walk along the river. The market town of Alston, with its cobbled high street, is just five minutes' walk from our car-park.

You will be made most welcome — see you soon!


photo of The Hub
The Hub is housed in the goods-shed, Station Yard, Alston, opposite the railway station. Alston sits at the hub of the road network across the North Pennines, connecting Cumbria and the west with Northumberland and Co. Durham to the north and east. Alston claims to be the highest market in England, set at 1,400ft on the fells around the South Tyne valley.


supported by Cumbria Community Foundation

* Alston Model Railway: displayed by kind permission of Townfoot Models, Platform 2, Hexham Station