Northumberland Things to Do

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Northumberland Things to Do

  • Druridge Bay

    This is a great place to come to get a good dose of sea air within reach of the more built-up Tyneside area. It is far less developed and more wild than the seaside resorts closer to Newcastle, such as Whitley Bay or Tynemouth, but not too far for a short outing from the city, though you’ll need a car to get here. The beach stretches for seven...

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  • Corbridge Roman Site

    Lying above the north bank of the River Tyne just two and a half miles south of Hadrian’s Wall, Corbridge was in a good strategic position. Dere Street, running north to the wall and The Stanegate, running west to Carlisle both met at Corbridge, and although earlier forts had been built here, it was for its role as a supply base that it became an...

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  • Kielder Forest

    Kielder Forest is the largest working forest in England and includes the largest man made lake in Northern Europe - but ‘largest’ doesn’t always mean beautiful - so is it worth a visit?To help you make up your mind it’s worth explaining the geography and history of Kielder. Covering 250 square miles of what used to be mainly remote moorland...

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  • Vindolanda

    For someone who is used to seeing most of England’s archaeological and historical remains looked after by English Heritage or The National Trust it came as a bit of a surprise to find that Vindolanda is run by a separate charitable trust.After checking out their website I started to wonder whether this could be more like a theme park rather than a...

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  • Alnmouth

    In a county famed for its wide open sandy beaches, Alnmouth boasts one of the best. It also boasts the smallest museum in the country (probably) and one of the oldest golf courses.This attractive village lies on the beautiful Northumberland coast, about halfway between Newcastle upon Tyne and the Scottish border, just a few miles east of Alnwick....

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  • Housesteads Roman Fort

    The most well known fort along Hadrian’s Wall, Housesteads lies in a commanding position overlooking the Northumberland countryside.It’s a bit confusing as to whether the National Trust or English Heritage are guardians of the site, as usually it’s one or the other. The reality is that the National Trust own the site but English Heritage look after...

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  • Chesters Roman Fort

    Any visit to Northumberland should include a visit to Hadrian’s Wall, but with the wall being 73 miles long and having numerous points of interest, there’s a danger - unless you’re an enthusiast - of being ‘Roman’d out‘.To the casual visitor it’s probably best therefore to choose the sites that are of the most interest and I intend reviewing some...

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  • Ford & Etal

    Although two villages, Ford and Etal belong to the same family estate and are usually referred to together. Ford was built as a model village by Lady Louisa Waterford while neighbouring Etal is a pretty village with Northumberland’s only thatched roof pub. They are nestled in the valley of the River Till among beautiful scenery in rural...

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  • Kielder Water

    Kielder Water Kielder Water is the biggest man-made lake in Northern Europe and has a wealth of sights and activities. Set in one of the more remote parts of Northumberland, this lovely stretch of water is surrounded by forest (at over 250 square miles, the largest working forest in England) and is a great place for a day trip or longer visit....

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  • Warkworth

    Warkworth is arguably one of the prettiest towns in the county, with its attractive (but steep) main street leading up to an impressive castle, and the lovely waters of the River Coquet making an almost complete loop around both town and castle.There has been a settlement here for at least 1,300 years and it is easy to see why. The castle hill...

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  • Amble

    The village of Amble lies on the Northumberland coast, at the mouth of the River Coquet, about a quarter of the way up from Newcastle-upon-Tyne. It grew up around a small harbour from which coal was exported, mainly during the 19th century when mining was at its height in the region. The harbour was not of a size to compete with the major ports but...

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  • Holy Island

    Holy Island, or Lindisfarne, is, in my view, one of the most magical places in England. A small “semi-island” (that is, an island only at high tide), it has been a centre of spirituality since St Aidan founded a monastery here in the seventh century AD. Whatever your religion, or none, you will surely be captivated by the unique charm of a place...

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  • Bamburgh

    One of the grandest sights on the Northumbrian coastline is that of Bamburgh Castle. It is a view that I never tire of. The castle stands on a massive outcrop of rock and towers over the sands below. Unlike many castles on this coast, it is still a family home, and thus far more complete than the ruins elsewhere. It is truly an impressive...

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  • Rothbury

    The small town of Rothbury is one of my favourites in Northumberland. Its setting in the lovely Coquet valley is hard to beat, and the wide main street with its expanses of village green makes a good backdrop for a stroll. There’s not a huge amount to see, but that’s part of its charm. Its few shops range from the truly old-fashioned, that you...

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  • Morpeth

    Morpeth is a traditional Northumberland market town about 30 minutes drive north of Newcastle, and has plenty to keep you occupied for a day, or even several. The pretty River Wansbeck runs through the town, although the severe flooding of 2007 made the river more of a threat for a while than an attraction, and some buildings still bear the scars....

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  • Seaton Sluice

    Seaton Sluice is one of several interesting little villages north of Newcastle. It lies right on the southern border of the Northumberland coastline at the mouth of the Seaton Burn, 3 miles SE of Blyth. These days Seaton Sluice is a quiet village but it has an important industrial heritage. Salt production was established here before the 16th...

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  • Rothbury

    On our arrival in Rothbury, the sun was blazing so we decided to stop and have a look at the place. We even parked in the pay and display carpark (not some thing we do a lot of!!) which was the princely sum of 20p per hour. Amazing. And there were toilets and recycling facilities.There is a footbridge from the carpark, over the River Coquet to the...

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  • Bamburgh Village

    Bamburgh is one of my most favourite places to visit. It is the ancient capital of Northumbria and is steeped with history. The village is dominated by Bamburgh Castle which stands on an ancient rocky outcrop overlooking miles of beautiful sandy beach and and boasts stunning views over to the Farne Islands. Bamburgh is also the last resting place...

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  • Farne Islands Boat Trip

    The Farne Island boat trips run from the fishing village of Seahouses and lie two to three miles off the Northumberland coast midway between the village and the magnificant Castle of Bamburgh. I will always have wonderful memories of the day I went on the boat trip as it was a birthday present from some very special friends of mine and a day I...

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  • Amble

    Another of Northumberland's coastal towns. It is a small, traditional fishing port, most definitely a working one as you can watch the boats land their catch.Amble sits at the mouth of the River Coquet and has the most beautiful beaches. A mile out to sea, with it's lighthouse, is Coquet Island, RSBP owned. There are boat trips here, but I don't...

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  • Lindisfarne - Holy Island

    Although we have lived in Northumberland for many years, we stayed on Lindisfarne for the first time in July 2008. We enjoyed it very much and will stay again.To get to Lindisfarne, you have to cross a 3 mile causeway, so you have to consult the tide tables to make sure you have your timing right!This is such a tranquil place, even when there are...

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  • Wildlife Sanctuary Ulgham Northumberland

    The Sanctuary has approximately 200 animals including foxes, badgers, snakes and lots more rescued animals. We fed goats, donkeys and chickens and then my granddaughter enjoyed herself in the playground. She played on the toy tractors, the trampoline and enjoyed the arts and crafts in the indoor play area. We took a picnic, but there is a small...

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  • Hadrian's Wall: Steel Rigg

    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.

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  • Northumberland National Park

    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.

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  • Alnwick Garden

    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...

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  • Barter Books, Alnwick

    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...

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  • Visit Newbiggin by the Sea

    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...

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  • Alnwick Garden

    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

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  • Alnwick Castle

    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...

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  • Hadrians Wall

    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...

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  • Explore the Countryside

    A day out in the country will do you good;) breath the fresh air,see wild rabbits, wild flowers and many more.Northumberland is also known for it's beautiful English countryside.

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  • Seahouses

    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.

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  • Visit Bamburgh Castle

    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-5pmAdmission: Adult £6.50

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  • White Beach

    It's one of the best beaches in the UK but unfortunately,swimming here is taboo as the water is freezing cold!

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  • Seahouses

    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...

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  • Bamburgh Castle

    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...

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  • Cragside House

    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...

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  • The Coast and Beadnell

    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...

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  • Wallington

    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...

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  • Cragside Formal Gardens

    Across the stream and opposite the house, although you can't see the house from them, are the formal gardens of Cragside. Once again, being early spring, there wasn't much colour here, nor were these gardens as large as we had anticipated. The most interesting part was the orchard house, where fruit trees of various types were being nurtured with...

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  • Cragside Gardens

    The gardens around the house are spectacular, and that was at Easter. In summer they must just be a riot of colour and scents.Tumbling down in front of the house to Debdon Burn is one of Europe's largest "hand-made" rock gardens. Amidst it there are a couple of recently restored cascades, built from the same rock which apparently "cascade" at...

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  • Armstrong Museum

    This is an extremely interesting museum to those with engineering or aviation interests. It particularly interested us as we had just visited Armstrong's House, Cragside and especially Nick, being an engineer. He was fascinated by Lord Armstrong's ingenious inventions as an engineer, hydraulics, ships, aircraft and arms were all in his field and...

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  • Bamburgh Castle

    To tell you the truth, we were a little disappointed with Bamburgh Castle. It is more of a museum than a castle, with the rooms you are allowed entry to displaying pieces of china, jewellery, armour, etc.We had thought the rooms were going to be laid out as they had been lived in. Philip was totally bored and refused to be interested in anything,...

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  • Alnwick Gardens

    Well worth a visit, even though it's a little pricey and not as extensive as I had envisaged.The Duchess of Northumberland's idea was to create a beautiful, as well as fascinating and exciting public space accessible to all. They are about halfway to completion, with lots more different garden areas still to come.The gardens were devised with...

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  • Alnwick Gardens (Getting There)

    I was determined to see these famous gardens, even though it was Easter, and being a glorious day, the world and his wife had the same idea!When we eventually found the place, the official carpark is across the road. Disabled parking is just outside the Garden. I was concerned parking the motorhome could be tricky but I needn't have worried. We...

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