At England’s border with Scotland, the county of Northumberland is a place of contrast and beauty, where white sandy beaches are moments from rugged countryside and where you’ll find spectacular castles and a wonderful range of museums as well as a whole host of modern attractions.
The most famous of all of Northumberland’s attractions is, undoubtedly, Hadrian’s Wall. Dating back to 122 AD and stretching over a distance of 150 miles, it’s amongst the first places that most people visit on their holiday or short break. There are many ways to enjoy it, such as a visit to one of the Hadrian’s Wall museums or a walk along its length. Alternatively, stop and enjoy an exceptional vantage point with far-reaching views of the fields and farms beyond. Some parts of the wall are little more than a ruin, whilst others have better stood the test of time.
The River Tyne runs through Northumberland, and is famous for its salmon. Whilst on your visit, why not enjoy a spot of salmon fishing, walking or cycling on riverside trails? Other popular attractions in the North East of England include the Kielder Forest Park, which covers 250 square miles and is home to Northern Europe’s largest man-made lake, and the spectacular Beamish Museum which is a living museum giving an unforgettable insight into Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian life in the North East.
Walk in the footsteps of royalty, warriors and your favourite film stars at Northumberland’s castles. Stand in the grounds of Alnwick Castle, where the Harry Potter movies were filmed, or look out from Bamburgh Castle over spectacular blue seas that stretch to the horizon. Drive to Holy Island, and savour the peace and tranquillity. Make your way to the shore and listen for the distant echo of seal colonies, or walk into the centre of the village to buy souvenirs ranging from driftwood crafts to famous Lindisfarne Mead.
In Northumberland, you’ll be unable to escape the influence of history. You’ll find no better UK holiday destination for castles, countryside and tales of times gone by. Kids can act out their favourite stories of knights and wizards, as adults enjoy romantic dinners in tree house restaurants and traditional stone-built pubs.