Within England, the train is still the best way to reach the Northeast. London North Eastern Railway runs train services; the average travel time from London to Newcastle or Durham is three hours. From Newcastle, you can catch local trains to Hexham (30 minutes), Morpeth (15 minutes), and Alnmouth (for Alnwick, 25 minutes). National Rail Enquiries has more information and a journey planner.
London North Eastern Railway. 03457/225333; www.lner.co.uk.
National Rail Enquiries. 03457/484950; www.nationalrail.co.uk.