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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See thousands of cute puffins on the Farne Islands

See thousands of cute puffins on the Farne Islands

Around 150,000 breeding pairs of seabirds make the Farne Islands their summer home. Take a boat trip to see, and hear, them up close.

Location: Farne Islands, Northumberland

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Deck the Halls at a Luxury Northumbrian Hotel

Deck the Halls at a Luxury Northumbrian Hotel

Elegance and luxury are the norm at these award-winning country house hotels in Northumberland. A great base for explorers who like to be pampered!

Location: Matfen, Longhorsley and Chathill, Northumberland

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Discover a seaside shopping paradise

Discover a seaside shopping paradise

Amble is a shopper's paradise, a haven for lovers of local produce, crafts and gifts. Perfect for presents, but don’t forget to treat yourself!

Location: Amble, Northumberland

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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

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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

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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

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Hear the call of the curlew

Hear the call of the curlew

It is no accident that the emblem for Northumberland National Park is the curlew; high in the hills is one of the best places to see and hear them.

Location: Ingram, Northumberland

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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

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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

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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

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Uncover Northumberland’s Neolithic rock art

Uncover Northumberland’s Neolithic rock art

Lace up your hiking boots and discover the mysterious rock art at Northumberland National Park, celebrating its 60th anniversary this year.

Location: Northumberland National Park, Northumberland

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Blow away the cobwebs along the Northumberland coast

Blow away the cobwebs along the Northumberland coast

Get your walking boots on, pack a picnic and enjoy fresh air, stunning views and beautiful wildlife along the Northumberland Coast Path.

Location: Creswell, Northumberland

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Enjoy a meal within the trees at Alnwick Tree House

Enjoy a meal within the trees at Alnwick Tree House

Enjoy a unique dining experience at a restaurant with a difference and traditional Northumbrian tunes.

Location: Alnwick, Northumberland

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Trip the light fantastic at The Alnwick Garden Christmas Market

Trip the light fantastic at The Alnwick Garden Christmas Market

For a Christmas market with a difference, wrap up in your cosiest festive jumper and join in the festive fun at The Alnwick Garden in Northumberland.

Location: The Alnwick Garden, Northumberland

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Swing, sail, shoot and climb at Kielder Water and Forest Park

Swing, sail, shoot and climb at Kielder Water and Forest Park

Spend some quality time with your family exploring, swinging, sailing, shooting and climbing on an adventure holiday in Northumberland.

Location: Kielder, Northumberland

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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

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Journey to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne

Journey to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne

A visit to history-rich and beautiful Lindisfarne, cut off twice daily from the rest of the world by fast-moving tides, is an adventure not to miss.

Location: Lindisfarne, Northumberland

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Be inspired by authors, readings and workshops in the northeast

Be inspired by authors, readings and workshops in the northeast

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

Location: Hexham, Northumberland

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Sip Earl Grey where it was created: Howick Hall

Sip Earl Grey where it was created: Howick Hall

Earl Grey tea is enjoyed – usually at around 4pm – all over the world, but few know it was invented in Northumberland for Charles, 2nd Earl Grey.

Location: Howick, Northumberland

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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

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