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. There are a plethora of things to do in Northumberland for history fans, hikers, mountain bikers and romantics alike, but one of the best places to visit in Northumberland of all is the Farne Islands, where dozens of puffins await to melt your hearts. At night, turn your gaze upwards to see millions of stars pinpricking Northumberland’s famed dark skies.

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Lindisfarne Priory, Northumberland

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. There are a plethora of things to do in Northumberland for history fans, hikers, mountain bikers and romantics alike, but one of the best places to visit in Northumberland of all is the Farne Islands, where dozens of puffins await to melt your hearts. At night, turn your gaze upwards to see millions of stars pinpricking Northumberland’s famed dark skies.

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Stay in a cottage built by an amazing Victorian inventor

Stay in a cottage built by an amazing Victorian inventor

Experience Cragside in Northumberland as many have never seen it before – by staying in the spectacular and dramatic grounds of the Cragside Estate.

Location: Rothbury, Northumberland

 
Explore captivating Alnwick Castle

Explore captivating Alnwick Castle

Walk through history and admire world-class art at this fascinating castle, then stroll through spectacular floral displays at The Alnwick Garden.

Location: Alnwick, Northumberland

 
Star gaze in Northumberland’s Dark Sky Park

Star gaze in Northumberland’s Dark Sky Park

Home to some of Europe’s darkest night skies, Northumberland has truly spectacular galaxy gazing from atmospheric locations and ancient Roman sites.

Location: Northumberland National Park and Kielder Water & Forest Park, Northumberland

 
Go wild camping in the Northumberland Countryside

Go wild camping in the Northumberland Countryside

Be close to nature as you enjoy an overnight camping experience with the experts at Badger and the Bear Outdoor Adventure Camp.

Location: Amble, Northumberland

 
Be inspired by authors at the Hexham Book Festival

Be inspired by authors at the Hexham Book Festival

Hexham's annual celebration of all things literary features some of the country's best writers in a suitably beautiful setting.

Location: Hexham, Northumberland

 
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

 
See Harry Potter and Downton Abbey sets in Alnwick

See Harry Potter and Downton Abbey sets in Alnwick

Relive scenes from hit TV shows and movies in the magnificent setting of Alnwick Castle, a popular destination for film crews.

Location: Alnwick, Northumberland

 
Hit the right royal notes this summer

Hit the right royal notes this summer

This August, Alnwick International Music Festival celebrates four decades of hosting music, whilst Bfestival in July is a fresh face on the scene.

Location: Alnwick, Northumberland

 
Get hands on with history at sites across Hadrian's Wall

Get hands on with history at sites across Hadrian's Wall

Enjoy a deeper exploration into our Roman heritage through reconstructions and live excavations on a visit to Hadrian’s Wall.

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne / Carlisle / Hexham

 
Discover the birthplace of Capability Brown

Discover the birthplace of Capability Brown

Come to Kirkharle to celebrate the 300th birthday of England’s most famous landscape gardener, Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown.

Location: Kirkharle, Northumberland

 
Explore Hadrian's Wall by bike, bus and on foot

Explore Hadrian's Wall by bike, bus and on foot

Start your discovery of Hadrian’s Wall in Cumbria, northwest England, and absorb stunning scenery as you journey east.

Location: Hadrian's Wall

 
Nautical about Newbiggin

Nautical about Newbiggin

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

Location: Newbiggin by the Sea, Northumberland

 
Walk the Wall at Steel Rigg

Walk the Wall at Steel Rigg

Take a walk around Steel Rigg and Crag Lough to see how the Romans used the natural landscape to maximise the strength of the Empire's frontier.

Location: Steel Rigg, Northumberland

 
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

 
Go seal and puffin spotting on the Farne Islands

Go seal and puffin spotting on the Farne Islands

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

Location: Farne Islands, Northumberland

 
September events: Give cultural films a go at Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival

September events: Give cultural films a go at Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival

Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival gives you the chance to watch films you won’t find in your local cinema in a range of unusual surroundings.

Location: Berwick-Upon-Tweed, Northumberland

 
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

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

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

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

Location: Between Berwick and Hexham, Northumberland

 
See food… and eat it at Amble’s Seafood Centre

See food… and eat it at Amble’s Seafood Centre

Experience the true taste of the Northumberland Coast by sampling some of the finest and freshest deep sea delights at The Seafood Centre.

Location: Amble, Northumberland

 
Venture to the water’s edge to the Commissioners Quay Inn

Venture to the water’s edge to the Commissioners Quay Inn

With a waterfront location and a great range of seafood on the menu, the Commissioners Quay Inn has the seaside at its heart.

Location: Blyth, Northumberland

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