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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Sample locally grown food at Vallum

Sample locally grown food at Vallum

Enjoy a trip to Vallum - the artisan gateway to Hadrian's Wall with locally food grown by Northumbrian neighbours.

Location: Corbridge, Northumberland

Regional specialities
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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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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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Alnwick Tree House

Alnwick Tree House

A restaurant with a difference and traditional Northumbrian tunes.

Location: Alnwick, Northumberland

Eating out
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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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Lose yourself in the Allen Valleys

Lose yourself in the Allen Valleys

The Allen Valleys are a nationally protected landscape steeped in history, rich in wildlife, local traditions and culture and a hotspot for artists.

Location: Allendale, Northumberland

Forests and woodlands
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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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Star gazing like a Roman at Cawfields Roman Wall

Star gazing like a Roman at Cawfields Roman Wall

Built in AD122 Hadrian’s Wall was once the largest frontier in the Roman Empire and remained that way for 300 years.

Location: Haltwhistle, Northumberland

Historic sites and icons
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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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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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Wallington House

Wallington House

When it comes to pretty picnic spots, the Wallington estate sits fairly high up the charts.

Location: Morpeth, Northumberland

Castles and Historic Properties
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Explore the dark side of Northumberland National Park

Explore the dark side of Northumberland National Park

If you love stargazing and want to experience the Milky Way against a pitch-black sky, then Northumberland International Dark Sky Park, near Rothbury, is a must-see.

Location: Rothbury, Northumberland

National Parks
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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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