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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Alnwick Castle

Alnwick Castle

Follow in the footsteps of Dumbledore and Robin Hood.

Location: Alnwick, Northumberland

Castles and Historic Properties
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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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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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Dig for buried treasure at Roman Vindolanda

Dig for buried treasure at Roman Vindolanda

See live archaeological excavations before your eyes at the ancient fort of Vindolanda.

Location: Vindolanda, Northumberland

Archaeological sites
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Glorious Coastline

Glorious Coastline

Experience coastal nature in the raw in Northumberland.

Location: Craster, Northumberland

Coastal towns
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Industrial magic at Woodhorn Museum

Industrial magic at Woodhorn Museum

Industrial heritage and folk music in Northumberland.

Location: Ashington, Northumberland

Industrial, Maritime And Transport
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Gaze at the night skies at Kielder

Gaze at the night skies at Kielder

Kielder Water & Forest Park brings nature on a grander scale. The views are bigger, the night sky brighter, the sports wilder and the smiles wider.

Location: Kielder, Northumberland

National Parks
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There's more than rugby to see in NewcastleGateshead

There's more than rugby to see in NewcastleGateshead

Stay on in buzzing NewcastleGateshead after the Rugby World Cup, and sample the area’s rejuvenated quaysides, thriving cultural scene and diverse shopping.

Location: NewcastleGateshead

Sport
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Seal and Puffin Spotting

Seal and Puffin Spotting

Visit Farne Islands to see thousands of seabirds and a huge Grey seal colony.

Location: Farne Islands, Northumberland

Wildlife and Nature Reserves
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Cross the causeway to the unique Holy Island of Lindisfarne

Cross the causeway to the unique Holy Island of Lindisfarne

Skim across the sands to the ethereal island of Lindisfarne in Northumberland and enjoy a coastal experience with a difference.

Location: Lindisfarne, Northumberland

Abbeys, cathedrals and sacred places
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Camp next to Hadrian's Wall

Camp next to Hadrian's Wall

This isn't just any wall, this is an impressive piece of roman architecture.

Location: Melkridge, Cumbria

Historic sites and icons
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Enjoy picturesque views of the wall at Walltown Crags

Enjoy picturesque views of the wall at Walltown Crags

See the dramatic designs of the wall, and discover why the Romans chose to build Hadrian's Wall here.

Location: Steel Rigg, Northumberland

Archaeological sites
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Get kippered in Craster

Get kippered in Craster

Craster is the acclaimed home of the kipper – a breakfast favourite of the queen. But there’s more to Craster than fishy tales.

Location: Craster, Northumberland

Regional specialities
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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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Lordenshaws Fort

Lordenshaws Fort

Explore the ancient heath and rolling farmland of Northumberland National Park.

Location: Northumberland National Park, Northumberland

Castles and Historic Properties
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Enjoy a short break in modern luxury at Close House Hotel

Enjoy a short break in modern luxury at Close House Hotel

If you’re looking to escape the pressures of modern living, Close House offer a tailor-made experience that will leave you feeling relaxed.

Location: Heddon on the Wall, Northumberland

Unique Experiences
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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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Birds, boats, batter and beer at Seahouses

Birds, boats, batter and beer at Seahouses

Visit the 1843 original Fisherman’s kitchen, sup a pint of Farne Island Ale in a beer garden or indulge in Robson Green’s favourite ice cream.

Location: Seahouses, Northumberland

Harbours and fishing villages
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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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Take in the sights on the Hadrian's Wall Path National Trail

Take in the sights on the Hadrian's Wall Path National Trail

Stretch those legs on this picturesque countryside walk along the historic sights of Hadrian’s Wall.

Location: Housesteads, Northumberland

Archaeological sites

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