Steel Rigg is one of the best places to imagine how Hadrian's Wall would have looked at the time of the Romans. Here the Wall is about 4.5 metres high, and two turrets and a milecastle can be seen. There is a nice walk starting at the car park and leading you around the wall in about 2 hours.
Northumberland National Park contains rolling border hills, the Pennine Way, the Whin Sill and Hadrian's Wall. The countryside, comprising farms and forests, moors and mires, is rich in ancient monuments.
The Alnwick Garden has something for everyone. The Duchess of Northumberland has been instrumental in the development and planning of the garden.
The Grand Cascade is a wonderful water feature, with gallons of water providing a fantastic display. Children enjoy playing in the jets of water, so bring a change of clothing!
For garden enthusiasts, there is a rose garden, an ornamental garden (walled), a poison garden and also a woodland walk.
There is a maze of bamboos and a serpent garden with 8 water sculptures.
The treehouse is huge with rope bridges and walkways which are great fun to cross. There is a restaurant in the treehouse.
The other restaurant is in the Pavilion next to the Visitor Centre, which also includes shops and an information centre.
There are always lots of activities going on at the garden so it is worth looking at the website before you visit.
You can also hold a wedding at the garden and they cater for parties too.
Cost to enter the garden is £8.00 per adult, Concession £7.50. No charge for children.
Barter Books is one of the largest secondhand bookshops in Britain. It is situated in the old Alnwick Station which was build in 1887 to impress royal visitors to Alnwick Castle.
All the books are sorted into categories and it is easy to find what you are looking for. You can take in books with which you are finished and you will be given a barter value which is entered on a card in your name. When you wish to take books out, the amount they cost is taken off your card. Of course, you can also pay cash for books.
Within the premises, there are three murals which are of great interest.
There are coal fires and you can sit in the old waiting room and read for as long as you wish. Hot and cold drinks are available at very reasonable prices and the chocolate chip and ginger biscuits are highly recommended.
Newbiggin by the Sea on the North-east coast has had a major facelift.
A new attraction is the sculpture out at sea 'THE COUPLE' by Sean Henry. It is well worth visiting Newbiggin to have a look at it.
The beach has been totally replenished and there are ongoing works to the promenade which promise to make Newbiggin a very popular place next summer.
A website has been created detailing the refurbishment www.newbigginby.co.uk/update.html
I actually didn't go inside because it rained so hard after we've been to Alnwick Castle.This beautiful garden is adjacent to Alnwick Castle.I plan to visit again so stay tune for more updates.
Admission Fee: £8 Adult
Alnwick Castle is the residence of the Duke of Northumberland,the Percy's.This is also the setting of some Harry Potter's scenes including his first flying lesson and the Quidditch games.
Alnwick Castle is also the second largest inhabited castle in England,after the Windsor Castle.
You can also visit these public rooms in the castle,like the State room with lots of painting,a huge library,porcelain collections and many more..There's also museums,souvenir shop,tea room,Dragon Quest and Harry Hotspur Statue and many others.Check out my Travelogue for more pictures.
It is open from April til October, 10am-6pm
Admission Fee: £9 Adult
Hadrian's Wall is also known as Roman Wall,it was 117 kilometers long and stretched from the East to West coasts of GB.It was built for defensive purposes and also served as customs post for trade taxation.Aside from the Roman Wall,you can also visit different Roman Forts like Chester Roman Fort, Corbridge Roman Site, Housesteads and the Roman Vindolanda.The pictures I posted are ruins of Roman civilian settlement which can be found at Roman Vindolanda.Excavation is still on going and bringing more facts into everyday life in the army. For more pictures,kindly check my Travelogue.
Admission Fee: £4.95
Seahouses,a fishing village on the North,Northumberland coast in England. Here you'll find several cafès,shops and fish n' chips restaurant.This is also the embarkationpoint for visits to the Farne Island.Seahouses is also known for it's finest Kippers (smoked herring), infact they claim that Kippers originated here.
A beautiful caslte overlooking the beach and it was also the seat of the former Kings of Northumbria.There are 16 public rooms can be visited, a lot of armours, pictures, porcelain and many more are displayed in these rooms.
Bamburgh Castle opens from March til October, 11am-5pm
Admission: Adult £6.50
Seahouses is a busy seaside resort and is situated on a superb stretch of Northumberland coastline and linking Beadnell with Bamburgh to the North. Seahouses is an attractive fishing village. From March through to September regular boat trips run from the harbour and take you to Britain’s most important bird sanctuary where a variety of species including puffins, terns, kittiwakes and razorbills make their home. Visitors are usually treated to a sighting of the Atlantic Grey Seals who live in these waters. We went on Golden Gate boat trip which took us to Longstone Lighthouse which is exclusive to the Golden Gate. Click here to see a list of the different boat trips the Golden Gate does, you can also take a trip on the Aqua-Trax if you enjoy the thrill of speed.
The magnificent and dramatic coastal setting of this completely restored medieval castle, perched high on a bluff overlooking the North Sea in Northumberland, has attracted the eyes of many a film director, and Bamburgh Castle is a “film star” several times over. The museum housed within is a treasure trove of local history, with collections of military artefacts, paintings, china, and furniture.
The empty and unspoiled beaches below the castle are perfect for long bracing walks. There is ample car parking, and a tearoom and gift shop are available. The castle is licensed to perform civil wedding ceremonies. Admission for adults is £3.50, children & concs £2.50. The castle is not easily reached by public transport
If you are ever in Northumberland, try and make time to visit Cragside, the mansion home of the first Lord Armstrong in the latter part of the 1800's. It is described as the palace of a modern magician, and Victorian England's most technologically advanced mansion.Admission charges are a bit pricey, but worth it.
William Armstrong, an industrialist who owned an armaments factory in Newcastle, fell in love with the area whilst on holiday and had the house built into the craggy hillside. He went on to design and install alsorts of wonderful household contraptions that made life there so much more comfortable. These were mainly run by hydro-electricity, powered by a generator on the estate, with the water being taken from the newly constructed lakes. Amongst the gadgets were a telephone system, fire alarm, dish washer, spit, dumb waiter and a lift, not for the guests but for the servants to enable them to quickly answer any requests, such as coal for the fires!!
There is also a turkish bath suite, including a plunge pool. Cragside was way,way ahead of it's time but is probably more widely known for it being the first house in the world to be illuminated by hydro electricity. Some of the old lights are still in place.
There is so much to see in the house, the rooms being laid out as they were in the 1980's, it is just fascinating.
You need all day to visit the house, estate and gardens and you will still come away feeling you could have seen more.
Photography is not allowed inside the house, although I had already taken a couple of pictures before I was made aware of this.
There is a visitor centre and cafe.
Most amazing sandy beaches all along this coastline. Over 20 miles of sweeping golden sands, rocky outcrops and sand dunes, forming part of the Heritage coastline. Excellent for coastal walking, (when it's not too windy. We paid to park at Beadnell Bay and walked to the harbour. On the way back, we decided to walk along the beach. It was a big mistake as the wind was whipping the sand up and flinging it in our faces.Verrrry painful.) Also, at Beadnell, we thought the carparking a bit steep but were horrified when we discovered there was a 20p charge to use the toilets.
Beadnell has an old harbour with some redundant lime kilns and a huge beach. Also a very exposed campsite.
At Dunstan Steads you can walk to Dunstanburgh Castle. The beach is lovely again.
Further north, we paid a fleeting visit to Seahouses, expecting it to be very touristy. Not too bad and the coast there was spectacular. We must return!! We did, in April 2007 and actually found Seahouses horrible. Full of slot machine arcades and fast food outllets and people wandering about aimlessly, looking for somewhere to spend their money. The beach, however, is beautiful!
Unfortunately, due to the weather, we weren't able to take any decent photos. Another reason for returning.
Wallington is a beautiful mansion, dating from 1688 and was last owned by the Trevelyan family. It is now run by the National Trust.
As well as the house to look around, there are extensive grounds to have a stroll in, including walkside lakes and a walled garden. What I really loved about my visit to Wallington was the large collection of dolls houses in one of the rooms!
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