Places to visit in Northumberland

Historical sites to take you back through time, vast landscapes to explore, and wildlife to make you go ‘aw’. That’s Northumberland. Countless Northumberland castles jostle for attention - ‘proper’ castles with battlements and portcullises, ghostly ruins guarding endless sandy beaches, and ones that echo with ancient footsteps. There is a plethora of things to do in Northumberland for history fans, hikers, mountain bikers and romantics alike, from ambling along the Northumberland coast to glamping and camping in the county’s endless countryside, 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 the famed dark skies in Northumberland’s National Park.

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Build sandcastles at Bamburgh Beach

Do you know your cockles from your winkles? St. Aidan and Grace Darling certainly did. And what better place to learn than on Bamburgh Beach.

Location: Bamburgh, Northumberland

Sail away with the view at your very own lakeside boathouse

Nestled in the grounds of Middleton Hall near Belford, in Northumberland, the Boathouse is a quirky yet lovely little hideaway for two.

Location: Belford, Northumberland

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

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

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

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

Dig for buried treasure at Roman Vindolanda

See live archaeological excavations before your eyes at the ancient fort of Vindolanda.

Location: Vindolanda, Northumberland

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

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

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

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

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

Enjoy a dog friendly coastal break in Northumberland

Take your pooch to Northumberland where you and your best mate will discover truly staggering views, atmospheric dog friendly beaches, castles and dog friendly pubs.

Location: Bamburgh, Northumberland

Walk alongside Roman history at Hadrian’s Wall

Stretching across the North of England, Hadrian’s Wall is the best-preserved Roman monument in Britain. Get right up beside it in Northumberland.

Location: Tyne Valley, Northumberland

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

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

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

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

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

Enjoy dog friendly days out at Belsay Hall

Explore the magnificent gardens of this dog friendly attraction with your four legged friend.

Location: Belsay, Northumberland

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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