Northumberland is the most northern county in England and is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). It is an enchanting place filled with history and has many ancient castles including; Alnwick Castle and Bamburgh Castle, beautiful golden sandy beaches, rolling hills, craggy moorland and popular little market towns and fishing villages such as Seahouses, Beadnell and Bamburgh.
One of these market towns, Alnwick has the second largest castle in the country which is still inhabited by the Duke and Dutchess of Northumberland and was the home to the Hogwart’s in the Harry Potter films. There are lots of fun activities for all the family including the renowned Broomstick training. There is also Alnwick Gardens which has an inspirational landscape with beautiful gardens and unique features such as the Treehouse and the Poison Garden.
There are 39 miles of unspoilt coastline with many scenic coastal paths and lots of great activities from horse riding, fishing, water sports, and for wildlife and bird watching enthusiasts; there is the popular Farne Islands and Coquet Island to name but a few. To visit these nature conservation sites there are regular boat trips from Seahouses and Amble and visitors can expect to see a whole host of wildlife including Puffins, seals and over 23 types of seabirds.
The Northumberland National Park is one of the country’s most tranquil locations with spectacular hills and secluded valleys. There are the popular Cheviot and Simonside Hills for walkers to explore and admire the breathtaking views. There are also over 700 miles of unspoilt scenic footpaths which are enjoyed by walkers, cyclists and horse-riders. The Northumberland National Park has many popular surrounding villages such as Rothbury and Low Alwinton. Rothbury is a very popular location located on the banks of the River Coquet. It has a bustling village with a great variety of independent shops and the well known National Trust’s Cragside House and Garden’s – home to the Victorian Inventor, innovator and landscaper - Lord Armstrong. In the Summer months, there are many village street fairs, village shows and musical events. These provide the perfect way of experiencing true Northumberland culture.
The Northumberland National Park truly does provide something for everyone and is the perfect place for an outdoor adventure holiday or simply to recharge your batteries and relax and unwind.
Take a look at our region guides below, filled with useful information about the region and what to do during your stay.