About Northumberland

Before Arriving at your Holiday Cottage - a bit about Northumberland and Northumbria.

Northumberland is one of the four areas (with Tyne and Wear , County Durham and the Tees Valley) that now fit into the ancient region of of Northumbria. Northumberland is a county of contrasts, magical castles, magnificent beaches with sugar sand or pebbles, winding fishing rivers, National Parks, vast moors and areas of outstanding natural beauty.

Northumberland is a haven for wildlife including red squirrels, otters, badgers, deer, feral goats, rare bird life, the magnificent seal colonies on the Farne Islands and the Wild Chillingham Cattle. Quaint fishing villages with an assortment of Inns and Pubs can be found dotted along the coast.

The weather in Northumberland may be characterised as dry, cool and sunny. Weather extremes which are sometimes experienced by other parts of the UK (such as droughts, floods, hurricanes, heat waves or extreme cold) are all exceptionally rare, however it can be windy especially along the coast !

Why not ...Take a drive over the causeway to Holy Island and visit the Priory and imagine life in St Cuthbert's day, or walk where the Roman Legions walked on Hadrian's Wall. Relax and enjoy local fish dishes whilst watching the waves ebb and flow.

Visit the ancient market town of Alnwick steeped in history, home to the Duke of Northumberland, the enchanting Alnwick Castle which has been used as a location for many films including the renowned Harry Potter Fantasies. Enjoy the Alnwick Garden, one of the most unusual and spectacular public gardens of the 21st Century. Enjoy watching the Grand Water Cascade, marvel at the Ornamental Garden, rest a while in the Rose Garden, be guided through the Poison Garden where some of the world's most poisonous plants grow side by side. You will find out how plants have killed and cured over the ages. Experience the magical series of buildings connected by walkways in the sky - the Tree House - one of the largest wooden tree houses in the world. The Tree House, with its wheelchair access, can be enjoyed by young and old.

The Kielder region has been voted The Number One Most Tranquil Place by the Campaign to Protect Rural England and The Rambler's Association have voted St Cuthbert's Way as the most Romantic Walk in the Country.

Alnwick Tourist Information Centre can be contacted on 01665 510665

Berwick upon Tweed Tourist Information Centre on 01289 330733

Both offices are open all year.

Northumberland is Unique

  • It is the least densely populated County in England.
  • Has its own National Park, the most remote and unspoilt of all the English National Parks.
  • It has its own flag, its own tartan and its own dialect.
  • It has more castles open to the public than any other English county.
  • At Kielder, it has the largest man-made lake in Western Europe set in the country's largest man-made forest.
  • It has its own food and drink and even its own distinct birds and wildlife.
  • And it is the only British county with its own musical instrument - The Northumbrian Pipes.
  • Northumberland even has its own anthem!