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Northumberland

Discover the ancient landscapes of one of England’s wildest places.

Unique Culture
Rugged Moorland
Sensational Coastline
Fascinating History

Discover beautiful Northumberland

Explore the most northern frontier of England on a Northumberland adventure holiday. Northumberland is the most rural and least densely-populated region in the country, and the landscapes are very diverse. It is home to two Areas of Outstanding beauty. The North Pennines in the south of the county is one of them, an area hallmarked by the beautiful heather moors. The second is Northumberland’s coast, which spans over 40 miles (64 km). Here you’ll find long stretches of deserted golden sand beaches known for their biodiversity. In the northwest of the county, it gets a bit more rugged and mountainous. This area is home to Northumberland National Park, Kielder Water & Forest Park and the Cheviot Hills.

As an area that has long been a frontier zone, Northumberland has an incredibly rich and complex history and heritage. History buffs can explore battlegrounds, various prehistoric sites and Roman fortifications all within a short distance from each other. Northumberland is also peppered with imposing castles, cute market towns and relics from the industrial revolution. Both Bamburgh Castle and Alnwick Castle are real showstoppers in their own right. Bamburgh Castle is incredibly picturesque, an impressive coastal fortress with a fascinating history. If you’re a Downton Abbey and/or Harry Potter fan you may also recognise Alnwick Castle, with filming taking place within the grounds.

This welcoming region certainly leaves its mark on your memory and will call you back again and again.

Things to see and do in Northumberland:

  • Visit the cradle of Christianity and learn about Viking raids with a trip to the Holy Isle of Lindisfarne
  • Fall in love with the rolling hills and valleys in Northumberland National Park
  • Trace the footsteps of Roman soldiers at Hadrian’s Wall which spans over 80 miles
  • Take in the impressive defensive walls at both Bamburgh Castle and Alnwick Castle
  • Admire the panoramic views that stretch out from the Cheviot Hills

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