Holidays in Northumberland
Northumberland is the most northern county in England and a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) - a title this popular Northern county has very much earned. It is an enchanting corner of the world filled with history, including ancient castles, beautiful, golden sandy beaches, rolling hills, craggy moorland and popular little market towns and fishing villages such as Seahouses, Beadnell and Bamburgh. Bursting with character and beauty, holidays in Northumberland make for lasting memories.
One of Northumberland’s many market towns, Alnwick, has the second largest castle in the country - which is still inhabited by the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland, and will be most recognisable to some of you as Hogwarts itself, not to mention Downton Abbey. There are plenty of exciting activities for all the family, including Broomstick training! as well as the magnificent Alnwick Gardens, a highlight of most Northumberland breaks.
Northumberland boasts over 39 miles of unspoilt coastline, with many scenic coastal paths and a range of great activities, including horse riding, fishing and water sports - and for nature lovers, there’s the popular Farne Islands and Coquet Island to name a couple. 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.
Holidays in Northumberland are never complete without a trip to the stunning Northumberland National Park - one of the most tranquil spots in the country, with access to the Northumberland Dark Sky Park as well as the spectacular hills and secluded valleys. There are the popular Cheviot and Simonside Hills for walkers to explore and admire the breathtaking views - as well as over 700 miles of scenic footpaths which are enjoyed by walkers, cyclists and horseriders alike.
The popular village of Rothbury, with its art galleries, coffee houses, restaurants and bars, is on the edge of the Northumberland National Park and well worth a visit. It is a bustling village located on the banks of the River Coquet with a interesting collection of independent shops. The internationally renowned National Trust’s Cragside House and Gardens – once home to Victorian inventor, innovator and landscaper Lord Armstrong - is a must-visit and part of Rothbury village. During the summer months, there are a number of vibrant village street fairs, shows and music events. These provide the perfect way of experiencing true Northumbrian culture. The Northumberland National Park really does provide something for everyone and is the perfect place for an outdoor adventure holiday or simply to recharge your batteries, relax and unwind.
To put it simply, with so many things to do in Northumberland, we guarantee all your Northumberland breaks will be exciting and unforgettable.