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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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

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
A night with the Northern Lights in Northumberland

A night with the Northern Lights in Northumberland

Forget Norway and Iceland. The skies above Northumberland are darker and clearer in the winter months, the perfect time to see the Aurora Borealis.

Location: Coast AONB, 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

 
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

 
Rainy Day Activities: Explore mining history at Woodhorn Museum

Rainy Day Activities: Explore mining history at Woodhorn Museum

Explore hundreds of years of mining heritage at this unique museum in Northumberland, built from what was once the largest pit village in the world.

Location: Ashington, 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

 
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

 
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

 
See the Roman military come to life at the Roman Army Museum

See the Roman military come to life at the Roman Army Museum

See Emperor Hadrian's astonishing military vision brought to life at this family-friendly gallery.

Location: Haltwhistle, Northumberland

 
Pick a picnic spot at Wallington House

Pick a picnic spot at Wallington House

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

Location: Morpeth, Northumberland

 
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

 
Dine like Lords and Ladies at Langley Castle

Dine like Lords and Ladies at Langley Castle

For those with a taste for the finer things in life, Langley Castle Hotel near the historic market town of Hexham is the ideal gastro getaway.

Location: Langley-on-Tyne, Northumberland

 
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

 
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

 
Take a modern day pilgrimage to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne

Take a modern day pilgrimage to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne

Skim over the sands and causeway to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne and prepare to enter a world where a wealth of history and stunning views await.

Location: Lindisfarne, Northumberland

 
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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