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About Us

At Rothbury Motors we have one simple aim – to provide the very best in passenger transport at a realistic price. We are proud of our friendly and helpful reputation, making us “Northumberland’s Friendliest Coach Company”.

The company as such was established in 1973 in the village of Rothbury.

Occupying the premises built by John Lee, a plumber, in 1913 as a garage to maintain motorcars and motorbikes. There was a machine shop, blacksmiths forge and joiners shops, some of the original lifting cranes and equipment are now in the Beamish Open Air Museum in their garage.

John Lee was a forward thinking man and in the early 1920’s built buses on Lancia chassis, offering service to Newcastle Upon Tyne and the surrounding area.

In the late 1930s the garage was taken over by Linden Wright, who further developed the business with an agricutural and car sales dealerships as well as transporting the British Army and prisoners of war to work on the local farms with his buses.

After the war he created further local bus services from Rothbury to Blackpool and other holiday resorts as well as a service to London in spite of having to sit on slatted wooden seats!

In 1973 the current company took over the premises renaming ‘The Northumbria Garage’ as Rothbury Motors where we had a Ford dealership and coach business. Owing to outside pressures and the coaches growing too large for the premises, we were obliged to move elsewhere and with the assistance of Alnwick council and the planners, we were guided to Lionheart Enterprise Park where we setup our premises on a greenfield site adjoining the A1 on the outskirts of Alnwick.

Our fleet are all serviced onsite with modern lifts and rolling road brake testers to satisfy the standards of a modern coach company.

All our drivers are CRB checked and have recently undertaken CPC Training in order to make sure our passengers are given a satisfactory experience when travelling with our company.


We currently sponsor local groups and provide them with the transport requirements that they need.