Communications with the resident monastic community can be addressed to Matters of monastery administration can be addressed to If you are interested in staying as a guest at the monastery, please write to our guestmaster ( including a bit of information about yourself, for example age, gender, background and interests in Buddhism and meditation. 

For more information see Visiting and Staying.

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. 




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

Phone: +44 (0)1661 881 612
Sangha Office email:
Monastery Secretary email:


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.

Monday to Friday:

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)


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 11.05, arr. Ncl (St. Thomas Str.) 11.40. (Best to be at road by 11:00)

To find alternatives that will take you to Bolam Lake (30min walk from the monastery), please visit ‘Traveline Journey Planner’. This option might only be suitable if you are familiar with the area. However, you can also check the Google maps at the bottom and top of this page for directions (Bolam Lake is to the north of the monastery). For more details -
Telephone: Kath on 0770 7621 717