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Ravensworth Arms Hotel (Lamesley)

(Show map) Tel: 0191 487 6023
Hotel Policies
Check-in From 14:00 hours
Check-Out 07:00 – 12:00 hours
Cancellation/Prepayment Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to room type. Please check the room conditions when selecting your room above.
Children Up to two Children under the age of 16 sharing a room with adults stay free of charge subject to the availability of a suitable room. Cots are available at most of our Hotels and at no extra charge. Please specify at the time of booking if a cot is required.  Any request for additional extra beds needs to be confirmed by management as this will be subject to availability and a room supplement may apply. Room supplements are not calculated automatically in the total costs and will have to be paid for separately during your stay. Please ring the hotel directly for further information.
Pets Pets are not allowed.
Accepted Credit Cards American Express, Visa, Euro/Mastercard, Maestro, Solo, Switch. The hotel reserves the right to pre-authorise credit cards prior to arrival.


Bar/Lounge On-site bar & lounge
Restaurant Pub restaurant on-site
Wheelchair Access Wheelchair access to the hotel
Hairdryer In-room hairdryer
Free Wi-Fi Unlimited free Wi-Fi available
Television Flat-screen digital TV
Free Parking Ample on-site free parking
Tea & Coffee Making Facilities In-room tea & coffee making facilities
Telephone Facilities In-room telephone facilities

Special occasions at The Ravensworth Arms

A beautiful conservation area, with panoramic views of the countryside and the world-famous Angel of the North, make the ideal surroundings for a wedding or christening. Our stunning venue can offer you all that and more, including exceptional in-house catering, a spacious function room (named after author Lewis Carroll) and comfortable guest bedrooms.

About the Hotel

A perfect hotel base for Newcastle and Gateshead

The centre of Newcastle upon Tyne is less than 15 minutes away, and Newcastle International Airport is just an 11 mile trip up the A1, making The Ravensworth Arms Hotel a great location for doing business in the area or flying abroad. Guests can relax and unwind before or after their journey. The architecturally stunning Sage Gateshead is just 5 miles away, making it a very convenient hotel base for concert-goers.


Ideally located for a North East leisure break

If you are planning a short break in the area, the hotel offers the perfect location for exploring Northumberland and County Durham. While the vibrant attractions of Newcastle’s heritage, shopping and culture are close by, the magnificent Northumberland coastline and the breathtaking countryside of County Durham provide a welcome contrast. Picturesque Durham’s cobbled streets and renowned cathedral are just 20 minutes from The Ravensworth Arms.

How to get here

How to get here

We are conveniently located just a mile from the A1 motorway on Greenford Lane. We are close to the Angel of the North, the Metro Centre, Newcastle and Gateshead. To find us by satnav, use the postcode NE11 0ER.

Area & Hotel History

The historic Ravensworth Arms Hotel takes its name from the nearby Ravensworth Castle, on a fortified site known as Ravenshelm that can be traced back to the 12th century. Home to the Liddell family for over 350 years, the Grade II listed ruins of the castle today are all that remains of the imposing mansion built in 1808 by John Nash, the prolific architect responsible for Brighton Pavilion, Buckingham Palace and much of Regency London. The Liddell family included a long line of politicians and peers, and it was Sir Thomas Liddell, Baron Ravensworth, that commissioned Nash to build the grand new castle. It witnessed many splendid receptions and played host to some important 19th century figures, including the Duke of Wellington and Sir Walter Scott.


One well-known member of the Liddell family was Alice, later Alice Hargreaves, who provided the inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’, and the famous photograph of Alice in costume as The Beggar Maid was taken by Carroll (real name Charles Dodgson) during a visit to Ravensworth in 1858. He stayed at The Ravensworth Arms on occasion and is said to have written parts of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland there.


Celebrated novelist Catherine Cookson’s mother, Kate Fawcett, worked at The Ravensworth Arms, and Cookson set many of her almost 100 novels in the South Tyneside area where she grew up. Readers from all over the world have become familiar with South Shields, Durham and Tyneside as a result, and The Ravensworth Arms Hotel today stands at the centre of ‘Cookson Country’.

Local Attractions

About Lamesley

Lamesley is a village and civil parish in the Metropolitan Borough of Gateshead located only a mile from the A1 motorway, making it a convenient gateway to Newcastle and its surrounding attractions. The village is south of Gateshead, close to Kibblesworth and Birtley. The area encompassing the village and The Ravensworth Arms is a unique medieval landscape – Lamesley Pastures – that has been designated a conservation area, and beautiful walks along the River Team and wildflower meadows begin from the hotel. The Angel of the North is plainly visible from the hotel.


The hotel makes an ideal base to explore the many exciting visitor attractions and historic sites within easy reach of Newcastle and Gateshead.


Tynemouth (15 miles)

On the northern headland of the River Tyne, the picturesque town of Tynemouth still retains many fine Georgian and Victorian buildings, overlooked by the ruins of the 7th century priory and Norman castle. There is over 2,000 years of history in the grounds of Tynemouth Castle and Priory, including a 13th century church with beautiful stained glass windows and a restored gun battery built to defend the Tyne in both World Wars. With its prominent coastal location, this historic site offers beautiful views of the North Sea coast and the River Tyne.


Durham Cathedral & Castle (14 miles)

This iconic Norman cathedral is revered as one of the world’s greatest places of worship and has been a World Heritage Site since 1986. The present cathedral dates from 1093, and treasures include the tomb of Saint Cuthbert of Lindisfarne, remains of the Venerable Bede, and exceptional medieval books and manuscripts including The Durham Gospels and copies of the Magna Carta. Opposite the cathedral stands the magnificent Durham Castle, now occupied by University College, Durham.


Beamish Museum (4 miles)

This award-winning open-air museum brings to life the story of the people of the North East throughout the Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian periods. The Museum features streets from a North East town around 1913, a typical North Eastern Railway station, a colliery village including a drift mine and a huge collection of artefacts, replica buildings and working vehicles.


The Baltic Centre (5 miles)

A contemporary art gallery based in the landmark Rank Hovis Baltic Flour Mill on the south bank of the Tyne, the Baltic Centre has an ever-changing calendar of contemporary art exhibitions in four galleries showcasing innovative and distinctive work. The centre includes a cinema, a bar, a performance space and a beautiful rooftop restaurant, Six, with breathtaking views of the Tyne bridges.


Metro Centre (5 miles)

If you are looking for retail therapy, then you will surely find it at the Metro shopping centre. With over 340 stores and restaurants, selling the biggest high street brands, it is the largest shopping and leisure centre in Europe, just ten minutes drive from The Ravensworth Arms in Gateshead.


Angel of the North (2 miles)

The giant steel structure that stands over Tyneside on its hilltop perch is an impressive piece of public art designed by Antony Gormley, one of the UK’s most celebrated sculptors. Unveiled in 1998, the Angel of the North is seen by over 150,000 visitors every year, more than 90,000 drivers on the A1 and is visible from all over the Gateshead area, including The Ravensworth Arms Hotel.

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