Welcome to Northumberland
Explore England's most northerly county.
Home to England's cleanest rivers, clearest airs and also named as a Dark Skies Park, Northumberland is a great location for a staycation. Choose from wandering along Hadrian's Wall in the Northumberland National Park to visiting the pretty towns of Alnwick and Berwick during your stay in the north east.
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Things to do in Northumberland
Five free things to do
Whilst we might be slightly biased given that we have an amazing hostel which forms part of The Sill, the UK’s National Landscape Discovery Centre, it really is a super facility designed to showcase and educate people about the wonders of the Northumberland National Park. With cafes and interactive zones, it’s ideal for a family day out, plus it's just a stone’s throw away from Hadrian’s Wall.
Holy Island of Lindisfarne
The Holy Island of Lindisfarne is a unique territory separated from the mainland by the Holy Island Causeway. Its most focal point is Lindisfarne Castle, as well as the remains of Lindisfarne Priory with its famous rainbow bridge. Be quick though, tides mean that the island is cut off from the mainland twice a day.
Northumberland has more castles than any other county in England, owing to its turbulent past as a border county. Perhaps most famous and impressive is Bamburgh Castle, given its epic beachside location. Admission will cost, but for many, the castle is best enjoyed from the outside for free – it’s stunning!
Northumberland’s coastline is littered with over 30 miles of beaches, many of which are beautifully unspoilt, quiet and picturesque. Whilst the North Sea isn’t quite the Caribbean so wouldn’t be a number one choice for sunbathing, Northumberland’s beaches are ideal for walking, kite flying and all round family fun time!
The Lowry Trail
Lowry, one of Britain’s most renowned 20th century artists, holidayed in Northumberland during his later years, and had a particular penchant for Berwick-upon-Tweed. Take a trip around the town, taking in some of the scenes which inspired his paintings.
Explore the history of Northumberland
With some stunning unspoilt coastline, awe-inspiring historical castles and some of the most beautiful dark skies that the UK has to offer, Northumberland is perfect for family holidays and relaxing getaways alike. Adventure seekers will be rewarded for the trip north-eastwards too, with plenty of hikes, mountain bike trails and water sports opportunities for outdoors enthusiasts to enjoy.
England’s northernmost county, Northumberland is home to a number of places of interest, including Alnwick, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Bamburgh and the Holy Island of Lindisfarne. Plus, with Newcastle and the border with Scotland just a short distance away, there’s no shortage of options to explore.
A co-operative group of volunteers, producers, artists and makers promoting small businesses and the beautiful North Pennines landscape through the Allendale Forge Studios Art and Craft Centre.
Tour the castle and enjoy fascinating stories from the past. Children can step into the world of a medieval knight or pretend to be witches and wizards as they stroll the corridors.
The people and places of north Northumberland are brought to life here in lively, interactive style.
Barter Books is one of the largest second hand bookshops in Britain. Considered a local tourist attraction, Barter Books is a book shop situated in an old train station.
The home of Victorian inventor and landscape genius Lord Armstrong. Crammed full of ingenious gadgets, and the first house to be lit by hydro-electricity. Visit the National Trust website page
The oldest purpose built prison in England, Hexham Old Gaol will give you an insight into crime and punishment in medieval Northumberland. Visit the Gaol website
Home to the biggest man-made lake in northern Europe and the biggest working forest in England, covering 250 square miles.
The alternative 120 mile route across northern England through the land of the Border Reivers.
Have a traditional day behind the seaside and enjoy this sandy beach with your family. Make sandcastles, watch the wildlife, or have a play in the fun splash-park area.
The Pennine Way has something to offer every long distance walker. A 270-mile walk from the Peak District to the Scottish Borders.
Based at the site of Carvoran Roman Fort, the Roman Army Museum is an authentic and dramatic tribute to Rome’s extraordinary military legacy. Visit the website
This Roman fort is just south of Hadrian's Wall and is great for learning more about the local history.