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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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

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

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

Witness Northumberland’s violent history at its coastal castles

The Northumberland coastline is strewn with castles and time-ravaged ruins, providing great insight into the county's turbulent past.

Location: Craster and Warkworth, Northumberland

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

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

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

December events: Discover yuletide fun at Kielder Winter Wonderland

Visit Father and Mrs Christmas in their secret woodland home, help the elves prepare for the big day, meet real reindeer and enjoy a jolly musical experience.

Location: Kielder Water & Forest Park, Northumberland

December events: Get set for winter at The Alnwick Garden

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

Location: The Alnwick Garden, Northumberland

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Get back to nature whilst glamping in a shepherd’s hut

A stone’s throw from Kielder Water and Forest Park, PoSHHuts in Falstone is an oasis of indulgence – a perfect glamping getaway in Northumberland.

Location: Falstone, Northumberland

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

Explore captivating Alnwick Castle

Walk through history and admire world-class art at this fascinating castle, then stroll through spectacular floral displays at The Alnwick Garden.

Location: Alnwick, Northumberland

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

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

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