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Alston Moor - the official visitor site

Alston has a fabulous array of independent shopping establishments.  The only ‘high street’ names are the Co-op and Spar stores.  So if you want big name brands, like a lot of other tourist destinations, you’ll be disappointed.  If on the other hand you want something different to the mainstream then you’re in for a lovely surprise!  We’re proud to be the World’s First Social Enterprise Town; to find out what that means, you can download a copy of the explanatory leaflet here or pick up a hard copy from Alston Tourist Information Centre in the Town Hall.

Hi-Pennine Outdoor Shop Front Street, Alston CA9 3QN

This long established family run store selling outdoor clothing and equipment from well-known reputable brands. They have a good range of footwear and clothing, including some "Outdoor Clearance" lines, as well as camping equipment, local maps and books. A new range of British made giftware. They pride themselves on excellent service and advice.  Tel: 01434 381389


Mad Hatters Hardware 2 Front Street, Alston CA9 3HU

Hardware, Key Cutting, Gifts, Electrical, Plumbing, DIY Tools, Gardening, Fireside, Small Household Appliances.  For Hire The RUG DOCTOR Carpet cleaner.  Delivery service available on Alston Moor.  Free delivery for orders over £15.

Tel: 01434 382991


Market Cross Gifts Market Place, Alston CA9 3HS

Market Cross Alston is a hidden gem offering gifts and home furnishings from around the world.  With over 35 years of retail experience we take pride in sourcing products that are unusual, unique and not normally found in large high street stores.


Alston Pharmacy Front Street, Alston CA9 3QP

At Alston Pharmacy we dispense prescriptions, sell over-the-counter medicines and provide first-aid supplies and can offer medical advice to all customers.  We also sell cosmetics and seasonal gifts.


Produced by Alston Moor Business Association 2018

Mellow Yellow Front Street, Alston CA9 3SE

At the top of Front Street, well worth the climb!  Clothing and lifestyle emporium.  Much bigger than it appears from the outside.  Browsers welcome.  We take card payments, no minimum spend.

The Cane Workshop Market Place, Alston CA9 3HS

Specialists in the re-caning and restoration of all traditional rattan cane furniture. The Cane Workshop is based in the beautiful market town of Alston. I provide a comprehensive re-caning service where I use traditional methods and natural materials. From the town centre shop you can buy restored furniture, fine art prints and locally made craftwork. Please ring to avoid disappointment.


Alston Post Office Front Street, Alston CA9 3HP

Post Office counter services, plus a range of greetings cards, confectionery and stationery items.

Pennine Ways Market House, Alston CA9 3HS

Established in 1991 specialising in Sales, Lettings & Holiday Cottages. Pennine Ways is run across our two offices, Alston & Haltwhistle. Why not call in for a friendly chat or give us a call now on 01434 381808. We Live Here, We Work Here, We Know Here.


Alston Wholefoods Front Street, Alston CA9 3QH

An ethical grocer and delicatessen run by a workers’ cooperative, since 1998. We offer an unrivalled choice of local, regional and classic cheeses. Plus a wide range of foods - dried, tinned, chilled and frozen; tolietries and household goods. Special diets, gluten free, vegan, vegetarian, sugar-free.


Other Shopping

Almost Antiques, Alston

Once Upon A Time bookshop, Alston

Gallery 1611, Alston

North Pennines Cycles, Nenthead

Community Shop, Nenthead

Post Office and village shop, Garrigill