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.