Welcome to Wylam a thriving village about 10 miles (16 km) west of Newcastle upon Tyne. It is located in the county of Northumberland. It is famous for being the birthplace of George Stephenson, one of the early rail pioneers. George Stephenson's Birthplace is his cottage that can be found on the north bank of the Tyne three quarters of a mile (1.2 km) east of the village centre. It is owned by the National Trust and is open to the public.
The work of nineteenth century railway engineers Timothy Hackworth and William Hedley was centred here. Wylam Parish Council’s quarterly newsletter is named after the Globe locomotive designed by Timothy Hackworth. A leaflet,written by local historian Philip Brooks and published by the Parish Council “A Walk Around Wylam” enables visitors to explore Wylam’s industrial heritage in more detail. You can pick up a copy from Wylam Library or look at one on this website.
Wylam is well-served by a good selection of small shops, cafes, restaurants and public houses, the popular Wylam First School, churches, a branch Library, doctors’ surgeries, sports and community facilities.
Hadrian’s Cycleway passes through the village and walkers enjoy the Tyne Riverside Country Park, part of which runs along the north bank of the River Tyne at Wylam. The Wylam Haughs Local Nature Reserve and the Wylam Railway Museum, both managed by the Parish Council, also attract many visitors each year.
Wylam has good bus and rail links to Hexham, Carlisle and Gateshead Metro Centre. The attractions of central Newcastle-Gateshead and the Quayside, including the Sage Gateshead music complex and the Baltic Art Gallery are therefore within easy reach. Newcastle Airport is only 15 minutes away by car.