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If you’re looking to enjoy the best of coast, country, and city then you’ll find few better destinations than the Northumberland village of Chollerford.

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The bustling city of Newcastle, the Northumberland National Park, Hadrian’s Wall, and the beaches of Alnmouth, Blyth and Druridge are all just a short drive away.

Savour the silence, look out over lush landscapes, and take advantage of having Northumberland’s best attractions on your doorstep.

Within walking distance of Hadrian’s Wall, Chollerford offers more than just open fields. Walkers and cyclists will be in their element exploring a huge collection of rural tracks and trails, whilst the River Tyne passes through the village and makes Chollerford a favourite destination for fishing trips. Permits for fishing are available at The George, along with a selection of other great leisure facilities.

Peaceful and charming — Chollerford makes the ideal base for a Northumberland escape.

The emphasis is on rest and relaxation, with family attractions and major monuments minutes away by car. Walks accompanied only by the sound of birdsong and picnics should feature on your list of things to do, and after the sun sets, you can enjoy the region’s celebrated starry night’s sky that’s completely free of artificial light pollution.

Visitors to Chollerford will enjoy a warm Northumberland welcome, and a chance to relax and unwind before taking on their surroundings. Once you’re ready to explore, you can fill your time with activities ranging from sight-seeing boat trips and bracing dog walks in the beautiful Kielder Forest Park, to exciting shopping days in Newcastle, one of northern England’s premier retail destinations. 

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Chesters Roman Fort

This historical landmark was built to defend the Roman Bridge over the North Tyne River.

Barnard Castle

Positioned on a rock above the lovely River Tees, learn the fascinating history of Barnard Castle.

Alnwick Castle

Alnwick Castle is home to fascinating history, and has also been the location of world-famous films like Robin Hood Prince of Thieves and Harry Potter!

Hadrian's Wall

Hadrian’s Wall covers a vast distance of 150 miles, running from Arbeia in South Shields to Ravenglass in Cumbria.

Originally a Roman defensive wall, it’s now mostly in ruins. At some points, you’ll see little more than a few remaining stones and rocks, whilst elsewhere towers remain. Once, more than 30 forts could be found near the wall, with 16 being on the wall’s line. As you make your way along Hadrian’s Wall, you’ll see dozens of monuments and museums giving a deeper insight into the role this exceptional monument played in the defence of ancient Britannia.

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Northumberland National Park

Peaceful and tranquil, the Northumberland National Park features wild forests, rugged trails, and wide, open fields — for the ultimate country escape.

Rivers, streams, and lakes are dotted throughout the landscape, giving budding adventurers the chance to enjoy outdoor activities like fishing, fell walking, archery, cycling and horse riding. Picturesque villages, including Elston and Greenhaugh, are perfect places to stop for traditional British food during your visit.

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Beamish Museum

World-famous, and a great attraction for the whole family, Beamish is an open-air museum set in 300 acres of beautiful County Durham countryside.

Costumed characters bring the Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian history of the North East to life as they stoke fires, bake bread, plough the fields, and weave blankets. You can ride around the site by old bus or tram, or explore on foot. Learn about life in the mines, the development of printing techniques, and the simple way of life for people living in the rural communities of the north. The grounds of Beamish include original buildings such as Home Farm and Pockerley Old Hall, alongside recreations filled with original objects and artefacts.

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Kielder Water and Forest Park

The perfect attraction for lovers of nature and adventure, Kielder Forest Parks covers 250 square miles, within which you’ll find northern Europe’s biggest man-made lake.

During the day, visitors can explore Kielder Castle or try their hand at windsurfing. At night, look up and see the stars as they’re meant to be enjoyed, undamaged by artificial light pollution. Various venues within the forest include the Salmon Centre, the Observatory and the Bird of Prey Centre. Horse-riding, fishing, and cycling are popular activities, and you’ll find an abundance of places to eat and drink.

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