Communications with the resident monastic community can be addressed to sangha@ratanagiri.org.uk. Matters of monastery administration can be addressed to secretary@ratanagiri.org.uk. If you are interested in staying as a guest at the monastery, please make sure to read the information on our Visiting and Staying page, where you will find the contact details of our guestmaster.

Regrettably we do not have the resources to respond to general questions about Buddhism. Please refer to readily available information at other sources.

Note, if you are looking for directions, Harnham is the name of the hamlet in which Aruna Ratanagiri Monastery is situated. 

contact


contact


address

Aruna Ratanagiri
2 Harnham Hall Cottages,
Harnham, Belsay
Northumberland
NE20 0HF
UK

Phone: +44 (0)1661 881 612
Sangha Office email: sangha@ratanagiri.org.uk
Monastery Secretary email: secretary@ratanagiri.org.uk

directions

By Car

From Newcastle the monastery is a thirty minute
drive on the A696. Go past the airport,
through Ponteland and continue to Belsay.
About one mile beyond Belsay,
turn right following the sign to Harnham.

By Taxi

It is possible to take the Metro (Tyne and Wear
Metro: 0191 232 5325) to the airport and from
there to take a taxi. Two of the local taxi companies are:

Darras & Pont Taxis: (01661) 871 736
Airport Taxis: (0191) 214 6969

By Bus

Aruna Ratanagiri Monastery is situated in the Hamlet of Harnham. The main service providers between Newcastle and Harnham are Peter Hogg Bus Service and PCL Bus Service from Monday to Saturday:
Service 131, Peter Hogg, from Eldon Sq., Ncl
Service 808, PCL, from St Thomas Street (SE bound), Ncl
There is no service on Sunday or Bank Holidays. Please note, it’s necessary to request or signal the driver to stop when getting on or off the buses at Harnham. There is a ten minute walk along the farm lane, through two gates, to the Monastery.


Bus Times

Please note that we do not always have the resources to provide extensive information about buses by email, and we may actually know less than what you would find online or by phoning the bus companies directly.

As of August 2019, there are two bus lines, from two different companies, that run both ways between Newcastle and Harnham. More information about those lines can be found:

Note that our bus stop may not appear on their timetables, or sometimes as “Road End” - the very first stop after Belsay which is the next closest village to us. From our own experience and visitors’ feedback, local bus drivers generally know about us and would drop you at the bottom of the road leading up Harnham Hill.


The times displayed below may not always be accurate, and before travelling on those lines, we would suggest that you check the resources referred to above.

Monday to Thursday

Newcastle to Harnham:

Peter Hogg bus 131, dep. Ncl (Eldon Sq) 14.00, arr. Harnham 14.33.

PCL bus 808, dep. Ncl (St. Thomas Str., SE-bound, opposite Haymarket bus station) 17.20, arr. Harnham 17.55.

Harnham Lane to Newcastle: 

PCL bus 808, dep. Harnham Lane ca 07.28, arr. Ncl (St. Thomas Str.) 08.03. (Best to be at road by 7.20)

Peter Hogg bus 131, dep. Harnham Lane ca 10.15, arr. Eldon Sq 10.50. (Best to be at road by 10.10)

Friday

Newcastle to Harnham:

Peter Hogg bus 131, dep. Ncl (Eldon Sq) 15.00, arr. Harnham 15.33.

PCL bus 808, dep. Ncl (St. Thomas Str., SE-bound, opposite Haymarket bus station) 17.20, arr. Harnham 17.55.

Harnham Lane to Newcastle: 

PCL bus 808, dep. Harnham Lane ca 07.28, arr. Ncl (St. Thomas Str.) 08.03. (Best to be at road by 7.20)
Peter Hogg bus 131, dep. Harnham Lane ca 10.15, arr. Eldon Sq 10.50. (Best to be at road by 10.10)

Saturday

Newcastle to Harnham: 

Peter Hogg bus 131, dep. Ncl (Eldon Sq) 15.00, arr. Harnham 15.33,

PCL bus 808, dep. Ncl (St. Thomas Str., SE-bound, opposite Haymarket bus station) 16.55, arr. Harnham 17.30.

Harnham Lane to Newcastle: 

Peter Hogg bus 131, dep. Harnham Lane ca 10.15, arr. Ncl. 10.50. (Best to be at road by 10.10)

PCL bus 808, dep. Harnham Lane around 11, arr. Ncl (St. Thomas Str.) 11.40. (Best to be at road by 10:55)

For more details -

Email: secretary@ratanagiri.org.uk
Telephone: Kath on 0770 7621 717