Northumberland

Historical sites to take you back through time, vast landscapes to explore and wildlife to make you go ‘aw’. That’s Northumberland. Countless castles jostle for attention - ‘proper’ castles with battlements and portcullises, ghostly ruins guarding endless sandy beaches, and ones that echo with ancient footsteps. They help make England’s most northern county a heaven for history fans, hikers, mountain bikers and romantics. Comical puffins melt hearts on the Farne Islands, an easy boat ride away, and red squirrels chatter in the forest. At night, turn your gaze upwards to see millions of stars pinpricking Northumberland’s famed dark skies.

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Pamper yourself at the Matfen Hall Hotel

Pamper yourself at the Matfen Hall Hotel

Elegance and luxury set in 300 acres of beautiful Northumbrian countryside.

Location: Matfen, Northumberland

Spa breaks and pampering
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Take a tasty farm food trail through the Tyne Valley

Take a tasty farm food trail through the Tyne Valley

Thanks to southwest Northumberland’s rich agricultural history, the Tyne Valley has an abundance of farm produce waiting to be sampled and enjoyed.

Location: Tyne Valley, Northumberland

Food and Drink
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Rediscover England’s mining past at the Woodhorn Museum

Rediscover England’s mining past at the Woodhorn Museum

Journey through England’s 800 year coal mining history and experience what life was like for pitmen at Woodhorn Colliery.

Location: Ashington, Northumberland

Industrial, Maritime And Transport
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Explore wild landscapes and country estates by bike

Explore wild landscapes and country estates by bike

If you need some time to slow down and unwind, Northumberland’s picturesque Ford & Etal Estates are as far removed from city life as possible.

Location: Ford & Etal Estates, Northumberland

Attractions and landmarks
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Discover Howick’s heavenly history

Discover Howick’s heavenly history

A famous cup of tea, a stunning garden and it’s very own bathing house; the haven of Howick is one of Northumberland’s true hidden gems.

Location: Howick, Northumberland

Castles and Historic Properties
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Explore a palace of the Modern Magician at Cragside

Explore a palace of the Modern Magician at Cragside

Enter the world of Victorian inventor, innovator and landscape genius, Lord Armstrong.

Location: Rothbury, Northumberland

Castles and Historic Properties
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See beautiful blooms at Howick Gardens and Arboretum

See beautiful blooms at Howick Gardens and Arboretum

Rated by BBC Gardener's World Magazine as one of England’s top 5 coastal gardens, Howick Hall Gardens and Arboretum is a garden lover’s paradise.

Location: Howick, Northumberland

Castles and Historic Properties
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Discover a secluded fortified manor house at Aydon Castle

Discover a secluded fortified manor house at Aydon Castle

Over 900 years old and pretty much unaltered since then, Aydon Castle sits proudly upon its crag; a true survivor of some rough times and visitors.

Location: Corbridge, Northumberland

Castles and Historic Properties
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Take a modern day pilgrimage to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne

Take a modern day pilgrimage to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne

Skim over the sands and causeway to Holy Island and prepare to enter another world where a wealth of history and stunning views await.

Location: Lindisfarne, Northumberland

Abbeys, cathedrals and sacred places
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Celebrate Berwick’s 900 years of turbulent history

Celebrate Berwick’s 900 years of turbulent history

Head north to discover this dramatic walled town and its thrilling military history as England’s northernmost frontier.

Location: Berwick, Northumberland

Military history
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Enjoy a warm welcome & a hot meal Battlesteads Pub and Hotel

Enjoy a warm welcome & a hot meal Battlesteads Pub and Hotel

A warm welcome awaits you in the picturesque village of Wark, at Battlesteads Pub and Hotel - passionate about ales, beers, wines and being green.

Location: Hexham, Northumberland

Eating out
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St Cuthbert's House

St Cuthbert's House

St Cuthbert's House is a beautiful 200 year-old former church, with its character, charm and history preserved.

Location: Seahouses, Northumberland

Coast
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Dogs and dinosaurs at Belsay

Dogs and dinosaurs at Belsay

You’d think you were in Jurassic Park, not at Belsay Hall. And you can explore this magnificent garden with your four-legged friend.

Location: Belsay, Northumberland

Attractions
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Live like a Lord & Lady at the Langley Castle Hotel

Live like a Lord & Lady at the Langley Castle Hotel

For all knights and princesses out there, your very own 14th century castle awaits you…

Location: Langley-on-Tyne, Northumberland

Unique Experiences
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Nautical about Newbiggin

Nautical about Newbiggin

Visit historic Newbiggin by the sea, a fascinating mix of heritage, regeneration and art with the UK’s first permanent offshore sculpture in the sea.

Location: Newbiggin by the Sea, Northumberland

Harbours and fishing villages
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Sandcastles and rockpools at Bamburgh Beach

Sandcastles and rockpools at Bamburgh Beach

Do you know your cockles from your winkles? St. Aidan and Grace Darling certainly did. And what better place to learn than on Bamburgh Beach.

Location: Bamburgh, Northumberland

Seaside resorts
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Admire the picturesque views from Housesteads Roman Fort

Admire the picturesque views from Housesteads Roman Fort

Housesteads is the most iconic of all the Wall sites and the views and Roman remains are spectacular.

Location: Housesteads, Northumberland

Archaeological sites
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Delve into the dark history of Hexham Old Gaol

Delve into the dark history of Hexham Old Gaol

If the kids start misbehave, why not 'treat' them to a trip to gaol. Hexham Old Gaol was built in 1330 and is England's oldest purpose-built prison.

Location: Hexham, Northumberland

Museums, galleries and libraries
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Feel one with the road and Northumberland’s rugged cycle-scape

Feel one with the road and Northumberland’s rugged cycle-scape

Experience Northumberland’s history and geology whilst catching the 120-mile Sandstone Way mountain bike route between Berwick-upon-Tweed and Hexham.

Location: Between Berwick and Hexham, Northumberland

Activities
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Uncover Northumberland’s Neolithic rock art

Uncover Northumberland’s Neolithic rock art

Lace up your hiking boots and set out to discover Northumberland’s fascinating gallery of mysterious rock art.

Location: Etal, Northumberland

Countryside

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