Frequently Asked Questions | Ad Gefrin

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Plan Your Visit to Ad Gefrin

Ad Gefrin is located in Wooler in Northumberland, right in the heart of the region’s countryside, on the edge of the Cheviot Hills. 

Our address is: 

South Road, 

Wooler 

NE71 6NJ

Our experience, including our great hall, museum and distillery, are located nearby to the ancient archaeological site of Gefrin, or more commonly known as Yeavering. 

Find out more about the Ad Gefrin experience and book your tickets online.

You can visit Ad Gefrin throughout the year, by car or public transport. There are various routes and public transport options available depending on your location. Once you arrive in Wooler, signs and directions will guide you to Ad Gefrin, although our building is easily recognisable. Find out more information about planning your visit or your weekend break, as well as our opening times and car parking before your visit.

We welcome visitors to our Ad Gefrin experience 7 days a week from 10am-6pm (every day except Tuesday) for 50 weeks of the year. We will be open on Bank Holidays except for Christmas Day – a worthy exception. We will close during the second and third weeks of January for a full deep clean of all our facilities. You can find out more information online and plan your visit or weekend break, with our opening times and visit us page. Book your tickets to our experiences online. 

Visitors can explore all that Ad Gefrin has to offer throughout the year, including visiting our great hall, museum, distillery, garden, gift shop and bistro. Take a look at our opening dates and times to plan your visit and book your tickets for a time and date that we are open to visitors. 


For more information about booking your tickets and signing up to our events and distillery tours as part of a day visit or a weekend break, please visit our tickets page.

The admission fees for our experiences vary based on age and group size, as well as for special events and tours. Please visit our tickets page for more information and to book your visit to Ad Gefrin.

Tickets for Ad Gefrin can be purchased online through our website. Online booking is easy and secure, and allows you to select your preferred time slot for our experiences, guided tours and special events. Alternatively, tickets can be purchased on-site upon arrival, but it's advisable to check availability in advance, especially during peak times of the year. Visit our book tickets page or for more information about the Ad Gefrin experience head to our plan your visit page or discover why you should book your weekend break or family day out at Ad Gefrin.

Currently our gift vouchers can only be redeemed in person in our gift shop. Bear with us, we are working on the technology to be able to allow you to use them online too.

Refund and exchange policies for tickets vary and are outlined at the time of purchase. Please review our refund and exchange policies before buying tickets. If you have any further queries about ticket refunds or exchanges please contact a member of our team.

At Ad Gefrin, we prioritise the comfort and accessibility of all of our visitors. 

Wheelchair access is provided throughout the site, ensuring a seamless experience for everyone. 

You can find more information about our accessible experiences and support dog guidance on our accessibility page. 

Your comfort and enjoyment are important to us at Ad Gefrin. If you have any specific concerns or require further assistance regarding accessibility, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are here to make your visit as enjoyable and accessible as possible.

Dogs and their humans are very welcome in our grounds and outdoors seating areas. Unfortunately, dogs are not permitted in the indoor areas, with the exception of service and support dogs. Due to the grille flooring on the first floor of the Distillery itself, we suggest that it is not suitable for service and support dogs to accompany visitors on this portion of the tour. However, we are very happy to guide you ourselves and reunite you with your companions as you reach firm footing again. You can find out more information on our accessibility page, or to discuss your requirements for your visit, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with our team.

Ad Gefrin offers visitor-only parking on site. We have 81 car-parking spaces including charging points for 6 electric vehicles and 3 accessible spaces. We also have lockable racks to accommodate 18 bicycles.

Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate Camper Vans, Mini-buses, or Coaches at present.

Additionally, there is also ample car-parking in Wooler only a short walk away.

For more information about your visit head to our plan your visit page. 

Smoking and vaping are not allowed anywhere on site at Ad Gefrin. We have strict no-smoking and vaping policies due to the nature of our experiences. Visitors are required to smoke or vape in designated areas outside of the site premises.

Photography is permitted within some areas of the Ad Gefrin experience for personal, non-commercial use. However, please note that due to the sensitive nature of the collections within our museum and great hall, that photography is not permitted. If you have any queries about photography during your visit, please speak to a member of our team, who will be happy to assist you.

About Ad Gefrin

Ad Gefrin means ‘by the hill of goats’ and comes from the location of the 7th century Anglo-Saxon royal palace at Yeavering four miles away that inspired us from the very beginning.  You can still see black and white wild goats on the slopes and valleys of the Cheviot Hills as they have grazed for centuries. Find out more by visiting our museum and great hall experience, as well as taking a look at our guide to Northumberland's Golden Age in our online archive

Gefrin, commonly referred to as Yeavering, is renowned for being an Anglo-Saxon Royal Palace and now is a significant archaeological site. Excavations at Gefrin (Yeavering) have revealed valuable insights into Anglo-Saxon life and culture, often referred to as the Golden Age of Northumberland. Find out more about this time period, by visiting our museum and great hall experience, which includes rare and precious Anglo Saxon  artefacts within our collection. Book your tickets online to visit us and discover more about the site of Gefrin and our collections.

Yeavering, also known as Gefrin, was the location of the Anglo Saxon Royal Court of Northumbria. The site's history encompasses early settlements, royal residences and agricultural developments, offering a glimpse into the social and economic dynamics of a period in time often referred to as the Golden Age of Northumberland. Discover more about the history of Northumberland and the Anglo Saxon era by booking your tickets to visit our museum, collections and great hall experience, a day out for the whole family not to be missed. You can also find more information within our online archive with our guide to Northumberlands Golden Age

Visiting the Ad Gefrin experience provides a unique opportunity to step back in time and explore the rich heritage of Anglo Saxon Northumberland. The site offers an exhibit of rare and fascinating Anglo Saxon artefacts as part of its collection, as well as interactive displays and guided tours within the museum and great hall.

The heritage and hospitality of Northumberland’s Golden Age continues within the Ad Gefrin distillery experience, where traditions of the past are intertwined with new and innovative technologies used to create our spirits. Whether you want to learn more about whisky from around the world, are a beginner just starting out on your whisky or gin tasting journey, you can gain insights into our special spirits from our team of expert, international distillers. 

Book your tickets and plan your visit to Ad Gefrin online, whether it is a weekend break or family day out, there is something for everyone at our experience.

The logo of Ad Gefrin is inspired by the archaeological site of Gefrin, also known as Yeavering. The site was once the location of the Anglo Saxon Royal Court of Northumbria, and following its excavation, is an archaeological site of great significance both regionally and nationally. The logo is designed to capture the meaning of Ad Gefrin in Old English, which translates to "at the hill of the goats" in English. The Ad Gefrin logo serves as a recogniseable emblem that represents the historical and cultural significance of the Royal Court of Gefrin (Yeavering) and an era of Northumberland’s history known as its Golden Age. To find out more about the significance of the Anglo Saxon Royal Court, book your tickets to visit our museum and great hall experience.

Ad Gefrin Distillery & Spirits

The Ad Gefrin distillery crafts the finest spirits, made for sharing and toasting with at life’s special moments. Our spirits include our Tácnbora whisky blend, our English Single Malt Whisky and our Thirlings Dry Gin. Our skilled team of international distillers  use traditional techniques combined with modern innovation to create unique and flavourful spirits that cater to diverse palates. The spirits that we make are a celebration of the heritage and hospitality of Northumberland during the Anglo Saxon era, the Golden Age of the region. Book your tickets online to our distillery tour and tasting to discover more about the best drinks to celebrate with throughout the year, as well as how our spirits are made here at Ad Gefrin.

To visit our distillery and find out how our spirits are made, be guided on how to taste whisky, as well as learn more about the heritage and traditions encompassed within the creation of our spirits, book your tickets online for our distillery tour and tasting. Please note that access to the distillery experience is by guided tours only.

Our distillery tours and tastings are an immersive journey into the art of distillation, which include access to our distillery, cask store and tasting room. Our knowledgeable guides will lead you through the distillation process, showcasing our state-of-the-art facilities in our distillery and sharing the rich history and inspiration behind our spirits. Additionally, you'll have the opportunity to sample some of our finest creations in our tasting room. Distillery tours and tastings last for approximately 90 minutes, for more information and to book your place, visit our tickets page.

Children of all ages are welcomed in the Great Hall and Museum. Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate children under 8 years of age on our Distillery Tours and Tastings (with the exception of babes in arms). This is for safety reasons given that the Distillery is an industrial setting. Children aged 8-17 years of age can however go on the Distillery Tour and Tastings but must always be accompanied by an adult. Under 18’s will be given non-alcoholic options within the tasting sessions. Book your tickets online to our Distillery Tours and Tastings.

Yes, you can purchase Ad Gefrin spirits both online and on site at our gift shop. Whether you're looking for a unique gift or simply want to indulge in purchasing exceptional spirits for yourself, our Thirlings Dry Gin and Tácnbora whisky blend are the perfect choice. Ad Gefrin spirits are also conveniently supplied by a number of other online platforms and retailers, for more information visit our list of stockists

It is our intention to release a very limited number of barrels for sale each year, however you will need to be one of our Corenkyn members to have an option to buy.  There is already a waiting list, as the promise of what our Single Malt Whisky will be is already highly prized. To find out more about the making of our whisky, book your place on a distillery tour and tasting experience.

It takes 3 years and a day to officially make a single malt whisky, but that’s just the beginning.  As Ben, our Head Distiller, is fond of saying, we will only release it from our distillery when it is ready! So the answer is sometime from 2025 onwards.

Yes, Ad Gefrin takes pride in producing vegan and gluten-free spirits. We understand the importance of catering to various dietary preferences and restrictions. Rest assured, our whisky and gin are crafted within our distillery without the use of animal products and do not contain gluten, making them suitable for vegans and individuals with gluten sensitivities. Enjoy our spirits with confidence, knowing that they are thoughtfully crafted to accommodate diverse lifestyles and dietary needs. Shop our spirits online, including our Thirlings Dry Gin and Tácnbora whisky blend.

Ad Gefrin Great Hall, Museum & Collections

When visiting the Ad Gefrin museum and great hall, visitors can immerse themselves in the rich history of the region. The museum showcases a diverse collection of artefacts that you can and learn about, as well as the fascinating history of the area, known as the Golden Age of Northumberland. The great hall offers a glimpse into the grandeur of the past, allowing visitors to experience the atmosphere of a bygone era through its architecture and ambiance, recreating what the Royal Court of Gefrin would have been like at the time. Plan your visit and book your tickets online for our museum and great hall experience.

Yes, the Ad Gefrin museum and great hall experience is family-friendly and suitable for older children. Our exhibit and collection are designed to captivate visitors, offering educational and interactive elements that can inspire curiosity about the past. Book your tickets online for a family day out visiting Ad Gefrin.

The Ad Gefrin museum houses a diverse collection of artefacts that showcase  the rich heritage of the Anglo Saxon era and of Northumberland, often referred to as the Golden Age of the region. Our exhibits include archaeological finds from the local excavation site of Gefrin, often referred to as Yeavering, as well as pieces from other local archives and national collections, including the British Museum. To find out more about our collection for yourself, book your tickets online to our museum and great hall experience.

Yes, the Ad Gefrin museum and great hall experience is designed to be inclusive and accessible to all visitors, including those who are hard of hearing or visually impaired. We offer various accommodations, such as sign language interpreters and audio guides with descriptive narration, to enhance the experience for visitors with different needs. Our museum and great hall experiences are also designed with clear and informative signage, tactile elements and interactive displays, ensuring that everyone can engage with the rich history of the Anglo Saxon era comfortably. If you have specific accessibility requirements, please contact us in advance, and we will be happy to assist in making your visit enjoyable and memorable.

Ad Gefrin Bistro & Shop

The Bistro will be open from 10am to 6pm every day except Tuesdays, with last orders for food at 5.00pm. The daytime brunch menu runs from Thursday to Sunday from 10am-12pm and our Sunday Lunch menu  is served from 12 noon. We will be offering evening service in the Bistro on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings later in the year – further details to follow. You can make a booking for you and your guests for your preferred date and time using our quick and easy online reservation system throughout the year, whether you want to sample the best whisky cocktails in summer or winter food and drinks. Alternatively you can also contact our team by email or by telephone. 

Yes, you can book a table at our bistro. Whether you're planning a romantic dinner, a gathering with friends or a special celebration, we recommend making a reservation in advance to ensure we can accommodate you and your guests. You can easily book a table by contacting our bistro directly or using our online reservation system on our website. You can also take a look at our menus online before your visit, whether you would like to try our traditional sunday lunch, our delicious afternoon tea or simply enjoy a coffee and a sweet treat from our daytime food menu.

We do our very best to accommodate food preferences and allergies within our Bistro, with vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options regularly featured. If you are booking a table in advance please make a note on our booking system or phone ahead of your visit to let us know of any food allergies.  Whatever happens, please let us know that we need to take special care of your food. To take a look at our menus including our delicious afternoon tea offering, our traditional Sunday lunch and daytime menus, head to our bistro page. 

Yes, we offer a delightful afternoon tea experience at Ad Gefrin. Indulge in a selection of freshly brewed teas, accompanied by a variety of sandwiches, pastries and sweet treats. Reservations are recommended for our afternoon tea service to ensure we can provide you and your guests with the best possible experience. To book a table use our quick and easy online booking system or alternatively contact our bistro to book for your preferred date and time.

Yes, you and your guests can enjoy Sunday lunch at Ad Gefrin. Join us at our bistro for a delicious Sunday meal featuring a tempting selection of dishes made from locally sourced and seasonal ingredients. To guarantee a table for your Sunday lunch, we recommend making a reservation in advance to avoid disappointment, as our Sunday lunches are quite popular among our guests, especially for comforting winter food and drinks. To book a table use our online reservation system or alternatively contact our bistro.

Ad Gefrin Membership

Ad Gefrin membership offers an exclusive opportunity for individuals to become a part of our Ad Gefrin family and enjoy a host of privileges and benefits. Membership at Ad Gefrin provides access to unique experiences, special events, discounts and more, tailored to enhance your visits and engagements with us. For more information about the types of membership we offer and to become a part of the warm and welcoming Ad Gefrin community, visit our memberships page.

Ad Gefrin offers different types of memberships to cater to different preferences and needs, including our Corenkyn and Corengyst memberships.  Each membership invites you to become a part of the Ad Gefrin community, as well as having its own set of advantages, allowing members to choose the one that best fits their requirements. To find out more head to our memberships page, or if you would like to discuss our membership offers further please don’t hesitate to contact our team who will be happy to assist you.

Becoming a member of Ad Gefrin is easy and straightforward. You can join by filling out the online membership application form on our website. Alternatively, you can inquire about membership opportunities at our visitor centre or contact our team directly. Our dedicated staff will guide you through the application process and assist you in becoming a valued member of the Ad Gefrin community.

When you join as a member of Ad Gefrin, you unlock a range of benefits, which includes exclusive access to events, member discounts, priority booking for tours and experiences, complimentary guest passes and more. Additionally, members receive regular updates about upcoming events and new offerings, ensuring that you stay informed about all the exciting activities at Ad Gefrin. To get started with your membership today, visit our memberships information page or alternatively contact our team.

Your Ad Gefrin membership benefits can typically be used throughout the year, with benefits including discounts on purchases online, onsite at our gift shop and bistro, as well as, priority access to special events and complimentary or discounted tickets for specific tours and experiences. For more information about our membership types and the special benefits of becoming a part of the Ad Gefrin community, visit our memberships page, or alternatively contact our team to discuss which membership is best for you.

Once your membership application is approved and processed, you can start enjoying your membership benefits immediately. Whether you're interested in visiting the distillery, exploring the museum, or attending events, your membership privileges are available for use as soon as your membership becomes active. Simply present your membership card or provide your membership details when making reservations, shopping online or onsite in our gift shop or bar and bistro to access your exclusive member benefits. You can find out more and get started with your membership journey today by visiting our memberships page. 

Get In Touch with Ad Gefrin

Getting in touch with the Ad Gefrin team is easy and convenient. You can contact us by phone on 01668281554 during our opening hours, which are detailed on our opening dates and times page. Alternatively, you can reach out to us via email by sending your inquiries to:

For ticket enquiries - tickets@adgefrin.co.uk

For order and stockist enquiries - orders@adgefrin.co.uk

For general info enquiries - info@adgefrin.co.uk 

Our friendly and knowledgeable staff are always ready to assist you with any questions you may have about our experience, including our distillery, museum, great hall, memberships, our spirits or any other aspect of your visit.

To stay updated about the latest events, promotions and activities at Ad Gefrin, we recommend regularly visiting our news section. Alternatively, you can sign up on our homepage to our mailing list to receive regular news and updates about Ad Gefrin

For more information about Ad Gefrin, beginners guides to whisky tasting, cocktail recipes, tales of Anglo Saxon artefacts and more, visit our archive, a place that holds all of the chapters that make up the Ad Gefrin story

Additionally, you can follow us on our social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, where we regularly post updates and news about our distillery, museum and spirits.

Yes, we have a dedicated Opportunities page on our website under  Our People, where you will find out information about the  latest available roles. If you are interested in a role and would like more information, please contact our team.