Top 5 Historical Day Trips around Northumberland

Monday 11th January, 2021 by Host & Stay

Top 5 Historical Day Trips around Northumberland

Northumberland is one of the most beautiful areas in Britain. With breath-taking scenery wherever you look and bags of history, it’s a great place to visit and a fantastic place for sightseeing.

If you’re thinking of visiting Northumberland, keep reading as we’ve chosen our top 5 historical day trips around the region! 

Whether you’re travelling with family, a partner or you’re having a solo adventure, there are lots of places to visit in the crown of England so let’s kickstart with a castle of vast historical importance.

Bamburgh Castle

Bamburgh Castle is one of the most famous castles in Europe, and dates all the way back to the 6th Century. In the 7th Century, the kings of Northumbria were extremely powerful, and they resided in Bamburgh Castle as it’s defences were almost impregnable.

Filled with history and amazing facts from the Medieval era, including a few Viking invasions, Bamburgh Castle is now a hotspot for visitors and a great place to learn about the history of England.

It’s also located overlooking the sea, so is the perfect place to take in British history and enjoy some sightseeing in Northumberland

Hadrian’s Wall

An epic piece of history comes in the form of Hadrian’s wall, built by Emperor Hadrian of the Roman Empire back in AD 122. 

Stretching from one side of the country to the other (Carlisle on the West to Wallsend on the East), Hadrian’s Wall is one of the Roman sites that was built to last, and it has certainly achieved this goal.

You can still see ancient ruins on a walk along the path of Hadrian’s wall, and it’s a great place to visit for a day trip.

Kielder Forest and Observatory

Kielder is the largest man-made forest in Europe, and is a setting full of natural beauty, as well as a wild recreation area.

From majestic woodland to outdoor activities including rambling, mountain bike riding, canoeing, and water-skiing, Kielder is an eclectic mix of brilliance in the heart of Northumberland. It’s the perfect getaway for the sightseeing traveller or those looking to take part in some outdoor activities for a day out.

The skies at night are some of the clearest in the world, so star-gazers can also take advantage of the world glass Kielder Observatory and discover the wonders of the universe first-hand.


Berwick-upon-Tweed is yet another setting filled with beauty.

Located on the border of England and Scotland, you get the best of both worlds in terms of architecture and atmosphere, with lots of buildings and walls dating back hundreds of years. The town is filled with history thanks to centuries of feuds between the neighbouring countries who share a border.

With a picturesque village and stunning scenery, Berwick-upon-Tweed is a must-see area of Northumberland, and ideal for a day trip exploring one of the most beautiful places in the UK.


Another location full of history, Lindisfarne, also known as Holy Island, is the birthplace of English Christianity, with St Aidan founding a monastery and a church on the island in 65AD. 

While it has been raided by Vikings in the past, it is wholly safe now and a totally secluded island. It’s beautiful, picturesque, and perfectly formed for you to visit, taking in the rich history and beautiful sights of the local scenery. 

This makes it an incredibly special place to visit, but make sure you check the tides as the causeway floods as the tide comes in, leaving the island alone at sea. This makes for a great photograph opportunity and is a unique experience and example of the beauty on show in Northumberland.

Get in Touch

We provide lots of accommodation and places to stay in Northumberland to act as a base for you to explore the area. 

Take a look at the self-catering accommodation we provide in and around the Northumberland area. Feel free to give us a call on 0191 731 4600 to find out more about the best places to stay in the picturesque Northumberland region.

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