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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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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Immerse yourself in the magic of The Alnwick Garden

Immerse yourself in the magic of The Alnwick Garden

Let the little ones run free around the 12 acres of gardens at the multi award-winning Alnwick Gardens in Northumberland.

Location: Alnwick, 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

 
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

 
Enjoy a guilt-free weekend away with serious green credentials

Enjoy a guilt-free weekend away with serious green credentials

Going green can be romantic... so spoil your other half with a romantic weekend break at Battlesteads, ‘Northumberland’s greenest hotel’.

Location: Wark, Northumberland

 
Uncover Northumberland’s Neolithic rock art

Uncover Northumberland’s Neolithic rock art

Lace up your hiking boots and discover the mysterious rock art set within the dramatic beauty of Northumberland National Park.

Location: Northumberland National Park, Northumberland

 
Feel alive in Northumberland’s stunning landscapes

Feel alive in Northumberland’s stunning landscapes

Be inspired by the beauty of Northumberland’s protected parks and stunning coastline, and be dazzled by the stars in its clear night skies.

Location: Once Brewed, 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

 
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

 
Uncover gourmet delights with wild foraging

Uncover gourmet delights with wild foraging

Learn how to find, identify and prepare the wild plants and produce that Northumberland has to offer with a foraging workshop or walk.

Location: Alnwick, 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

 
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

 
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: Kielder Water & Forest Park, 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 home each summer. Hop on a boat to see and hear them up close!

Location: Farne Islands, Northumberland

 
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

 
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

 
Travel back to Roman times on a visit to Hadrian's Wall

Travel back to Roman times on a visit to Hadrian's Wall

Explore Roman life along the most magnificent of Rome’s great frontiers set in the dramatic landscape of Hadrian’s Wall Country.

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne / Carlisle / Hexham

 
Lose yourself in the Allen Valleys

Lose yourself in the Allen Valleys

Strap on your walking boots and explore a countryside full of contrasts. Prepare to be blown away by this picturesque part of the North Pennines.

Location: Allendale, 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

 
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

 
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

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