Let's Explore Northumberland
There are lots of fantastic places to visit during your holiday in and around the award-winning county of Northumberland. Recently voted the best UK holiday destination by the British Travel Awards, Northumberland has so much to offer holidaymakers to this wonderful region. With more and more people choosing a staycation, experience a holiday or short break like no other, right on your doorstep!
Characterised with beautiful beaches and magical islands, iconic landscapes and wildlife galore, historic castles and beautiful gardens to picturesque villages and market towns. Wherever you choose to stay, be it coast or country and whatever you decide to do, you can be sure to have a holiday that’s just perfect with memories you’ll treasure all year (till your next holiday in Northumberland!).
Northumberland’s Beaches and Islands
Boasting more than 64 miles of unspoilt coastline from Berwick-upon Tweed to Newbiggin-by-the-Sea and with an abundance of dog-friendly beaches all year round, Northumberland is renowned for its beaches, hidden coves and fabulous islands. With over 30 miles of beaches along the coastline, simply relax and enjoy the feel of sand between your toes, enjoy a family picnic, take a leisurely stroll or cycle along one of the many scenic Northumberland coastal paths or experience the thrill of some great water sports with local hire companies offering, windsurfing, paddle boarding, kayaking and kite surfing lessons (to name but a few!); there truly is something for everyone!
Northumberland beaches not only offer fabulous views of the coast but of the many iconic castle that are dotted along the coastline, including Dunstanburgh Castle, Bamburgh Castle and Lindisfarne Castle. The Farne Islands, Holy Island and Coquet Island are also wonderful sights that can be seen from many of the beaches.
Iconic landscapes and Wildlife Galore
Northumberland National Park is filled with picturesque valleys, splendid waterfalls and an abundance of colourful woodlands and moorlands. Enjoy the solitude of the Cheviot or Simonside Hills, explore the famous Hadrian’s Wall, relax by some of the cleanest rivers in Ingram Valley or College Valley, visit the vast Kielder Forest and Water Park breathing in the clearest air and when night falls enjoy stargazing in the award-winning Dark Sky Park.
There is lots of wildlife to be seen both on land and offshore. On land, you will find plenty of birds, mammals, flora and fauna. Offshore, experience some great days out on one of Northumberland’s fabulous islands including the Farne Islands, Coquet Island and Holy Island and get close to an array of protected birds including; puffins and terns. Also see the friendly grey seals basking on the rocks or swimming in the sea. Keep an eye out for dolphins, whales and porpoises too.
Historic Castles and beautiful Gardens
Northumberland is home to more castles than any other county in England with over 70 sites to explore.
Discover the history behind some of Britain’s most treasured castles some of which can be found on the Northumberland Coast including: Bamburgh Castle, Dunstanburgh Castle, and Lindisfarne Castle. In medieval towns and picturesque villages, you can find the popular Alnwick Castle, Warkworth Castle, Chillingham Castle, Belsay Castle and Etal Castle – to name but a few!
There are plenty of beautiful gardens to enjoy too during your holiday, including the award-winning
Alnwick Garden, created by the Duchess of Northumberland, now one of the largest tourist attractions in the North East region. There is a poison garden, a bamboo labyrinth, a rose garden and one of the largest treehouses in Europe.
Howick Gardens and Arboretum, former home of Earl Grey, the great former British Prime Minister has some beautiful walks along the river and through woodlands to a secluded beach. A pot of Earl Grey Tea is also a must here in the splendid tearooms.
Belsay Hall Castle and Gardens has a magnificent formal and rock garden with lots of unusual plants and flowers. There is also a beautiful lake and woodland walks.
When visiting Lindisfarne Castle, step inside Gertrude Jekyll’s enchanting walled garden.
Both of the National Trust’s Cragside House and Wallington Hall Estates have lovely gardens that are filled an array of colour all year round and are always popular with both locals and visitors to the region due to their family-friendly facilities.
Picturesque Villages and Market Towns
There are many picturesque seaside villages and towns in Northumberland to choose from as a base for your next holiday and from where you can explore the nearby villages and towns.
There are many coastal villages in North Northumberland including: Bamburgh, Seahouses and Beadnell. Heading down the coast, you will find the nearby villages of Embleton, Craster, Newbiggin by the Sea, Alnmouth, Warkworth and Amble.
The popular market towns of Berwick, Wooler, Alnwick, Morpeth, and Hexham have lots to offer visitors, from traditional market days where you can browse the stalls and find a great selection of local produce and crafts to buy. They also have a great selection of independent shops, pub restaurants and coffee shops to explore within the bustling town centres, often characterised with pretty cobbled streets.