If you’re looking for a relaxed coastal escape, look no further than Northumberland. This magical county is full of surprises. Explore ancient castles, unspoilt beaches and rolling hills. Uncover hidden gardens and appreciate unrivalled, scenic views. Brush up on your history knowledge with a visit to Hadrian’s Wall or venture to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne which is cut off twice per day from the rest of the world by the fast-moving tides.

Northumberland – Area History Guide

So far in our Stay Northumberland guides, we’ve looked at the key sights to see in the area as well as the best events and activities to take part in when in Northumberland.

In this guide, we’ll be exploring key towns and areas of Northumberland and taking you on a tour through the ages. Covering everything from fortresses to places of worship, we’ll look at the history of some of the most famous towns in the region, from Berwick to Bamburgh, Alnwick, Amble, and more.

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Northumberland – Key Events & Activities

Northumberland is a beautiful place, full of amazing sights and areas of historical significance. It’s also home to lots of fantastic events and activities for everyone from solo travellers to walkers, families, and couples. 

As part of our Northumberland Area Guides, today we’ll explore the best of the best when it comes to activities in the region. We’ll look at everything from zoos to museums, water parks and forests, and give you the ultimate run-down of things to do in Northumberland. We’ll also give you an idea of where’s best to stay when you’re visiting the most northern region of England.

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Northumberland – Key Sights to See

Northumberland is one of the most culturally vibrant areas in the UK, with beauty and wonders all across its historic lands. As we’ve covered in our other guides, there’s lots of rich Northumberland history to make the most of in the region, as well as an abundance of events and activities across the area, but today, we’re all about sights.

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Nestled in Northumberland, the medieval market town of Alnwick has plenty of charm. The town features winding cobbled streets which are dotted with independent shops and bistros. Here you’ll also find the incredible Alnwick Castle, which was the setting for Hogwarts in the Harry Potter film franchise. It is also home to Alnwick Garden – the huge 12 acre gardens created by The Duchess of Northumberland.

Just four miles from Alnwick is the coastal village of Alnmouth. Part of the Northumberland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this part of Northumberland is truly beautiful. It boasts a curved beach with golden sands and an array of wildlife including a diverse collection of birds. Why not visit the smallest museum in the country or bike ride along the Alnmouth Way? Perfect for those who love the outdoors, this quaint village has everything you need for a coastal getaway.

The village of Bamburgh is visited by thousands of people each year for its magnificent beach, famous castle and historic past. With evidence dating back to the Bronze Age, this part of Northumberland is steeped in history. It was once home to Grace Darling and now features the RNLI Grace Darling Museum. It also boasts Bamburgh Castle, a Grade I listed building which has stood on the Northumberland coastline for over 1,400 years.

Visit The Holy Island of Lindisfarne and you’ll be transported to another world. Found just off the Northumberland coast, the island is completely cut off twice-daily due to the moving tides of the North Sea. Rising from the rock face is Lindisfarne Castle. Dating back to 1550, this architectural feat is a huge attraction.

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