Holidays in Northumberland

Holidays in Northumberland give travellers from across the UK and abroad an opportunity to get up close and personal with the region's beautiful rural landscape on countryside treks and enjoy a taste of local living by visiting the county's huge collection of characterful pubs and restaurants.

Whether you're on the hunt for a short break in Northumberland that's packed with British history or can't wait to explore Northumberland's world-class coastline for yourself, the region is full of unique and exciting holiday options guaranteed to give you and your family a trip you'll never forget.

Places to visit in Northumberland:

  • Seahouses: this bustling fishing village is an ideal spot to spend a short break in Northumberland, with its riding centre, golf club and boat trips to the Farne Islands being just some of the unique local activities on offer

  • Bamburgh: home to the dramatic British castle of the same name, Bamburgh is rich with history - and its golden beach is noted as one of the very best surf spots in the North East

  • Alnwick: here, you'll find cutting-edge bars, breath-taking gardens and Hogwarts itself - making this Northumberland town a proverbial hot pot of local highlights

  • Holy Island: the enigmatic Holy Island of Lindisfarne is one of the region's most historically notable destinations. Combining stunning sea views with centuries of spiritual significance, Lindisfarne Castle and Priory are a crucial part of any Northumberland holiday

  • Craster: the village's picturesque harbour offers scenic views of the nearby Dunstanburgh Castle and is home to regional delicacy the Craster Kipper - equally popular with the locals and the British Royal Family

  • Beadnell: the village of Beadnell sits at the far end of Beadnell Bay and provides the ideal opportunity for a spot of windsurfing, sailing and even scuba diving - with access to a range of specialist equipment depending on which watersport is your favourite

  • Alnmouth: this seaside spot offers tourists a chance to watch beautiful regional wildlife in their natural habitats and spend a relaxing afternoon on Alnmouth's stunning sandy beach

Northumberland history

Castles are a huge part of what makes this region such a popular holiday destination - and with over 70 castle sites in total, Northumberland has more than any other county in England. Alnwick Castle is the second largest inhabited castle in the country, beaten only by Windsor Castle itself - and Bamburgh's mighty fortification, sitting no less than 150ft above the sea, is without doubt one of the most striking castles anywhere in Britain.

Museums throughout Northumberland give visitors a glimpse into the region's rich and colourful past, with many of these museums being completely free to explore. From Morpeth's Bagpipe Museum to Alnmouth's Ferryman's Hut (claiming to be Britain's smallest museum), Northumberland is packed with historical memorabilia and opportunities to journey back in time.

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)

The Northumberland Coast has earned its place as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), home to no less than 39 miles of unspoilt coastline and decorated with a range of stunning local landmarks and vibrant villages. Internationally renowned for its golden beaches, sweeping dunes and rugged cliff faces, Northumberland offers a collection of extraordinary coastal walks - making Northumbrian holidays ideal for fans of Great British adventures.

Whether you'd like to spend a day indulging in exciting local watersports - such as kite surfing and offshore diving - or sampling the delicious local produce available throughout the area, this acclaimed coastline is as diverse as it is beautiful. Holidays in Northumberland give visitors a chance to catch a glimpse of the region's weird and wonderful wildlife and immerse themselves in the rich history this county is home to.

Local highlights

One of Northumberland's greatest draws is its lively local atmosphere - giving tourists a chance to trade city living for a quaint country experience.

From dog friendly pubs to gourmet restaurants, Northumberland's range of delicious local fare is as good a reason as any to take the trip. Menus packed with scrumptious local produce and bars stocked with a huge selection of draft ales and other tasty tipples make holidays in Northumberland a lesson in good old-fashioned local living.

Shopping in Northumberland is a unique experience, as visitors swap high street stores for local amenities - and the county is a bona fide treasure trove of regional retail therapy opportunities. From Seahouses' Farne Gift Shop to Alnwick's internally renowned Barter Books, Northumberland is a cornucopia of hidden gems and outlandish gift ideas well worth exploring.

Holiday cottages in Northumberland

When you've finished a long day exploring the region's world-class coast and countryside, finding places to stay in Northumberland is simple. Thanks to the great range of holiday cottages in Northumberland, every day in the area ends with a cosy night in one of the county's many self catering properties - and whatever you're looking for in local accommodation, there's guaranteed to be a cottage to suit your tastes.

From traditional fisherman's cottages to luxurious self catering properties, Northumberland holiday cottages come in a number of shapes and sizes and give you the freedom to plan your trip your way. When it comes to short breaks in Northumberland, tracking down places to stay is the easy part - what's a little more tricky is packing all of the region's exciting activities into one weekend break.

Explore our holiday cottages in Northumberland online today to find your perfect match.