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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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

 
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

 
Christmas is early at Kielder Winter Wonderland

Christmas is early at Kielder Winter Wonderland

Visit Father Christmas in his secret woodland home, help the elves prepare for the big day, meet Snowy Owl and enjoy a magical theatrical experience.

Location: Kielder Water & Forest Park, 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

 
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

 
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

 
Walk through sand dunes to Bamburgh Castle

Walk through sand dunes to Bamburgh Castle

This seat of the former Kings of Northumbria tells a spellbinding tale from its awe-inspiring position on the edge of Northumberland’s coast.

Location: Bamburgh, Northumberland

 
Discover history, beaches and fine art at Berwick

Discover history, beaches and fine art at Berwick

One of England’s most dramatic walled towns, handsome Berwick-upon-Tweed sits at the most northerly tip of Northumberland.

Location: Berwick, 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

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
Immerse yourself in 800 years of Border history

Immerse yourself in 800 years of Border history

Stay at Hesleyside Hall, ancestral home of the Charlton family since 1346, and experience 800 years of Northumbrian history in luxurious surroundings.

Location: Bellingham, 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

 
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

 
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

 
Discover Howick’s heavenly history

Discover Howick’s heavenly history

With a famous cup of tea, a stunning garden and its very own bathing house, the haven of Howick Hall is one of Northumberland’s true hidden gems.

Location: Howick, Northumberland

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