Northumberland is a glorious destination for taking a break of any length! There is an abundance of charm and beauty around every corner with attractions to suit every visitor’s tastes and hobbies.
With over seventy castle sites spread across the county, Northumberland has the most in the country, evidence of its turbulent, historic past. There truly is a castle for everyone - from the grand inhabited castles of Alnwick and Bamburgh to the stunningly situated ruined Dunstanburgh. One of the county’s biggest attractions, Holy Island and Lindisfarne Castle, possess a rich spiritual history dating back to the 6th century.
The unspoiled and unpopulated swathes of beaches, covering thirty miles of coastline, are one of the county’s key attractions. Miles of vast golden sands provide a paradise for families, dog walkers and anyone wanting a slice of peace and seclusion, or just space for lots of family fun! Hidden gems and rocky outcrops are aplenty, simply ideal for birdwatchers and nature lovers.
For truly appreciating the dramatic beauty of Northumberland, the National Park is an essential part of any itinerary. The dramatic landscape of the Cheviots presents an abundance of pretty, hidden valleys, waterfalls and woodlands. Walking opportunities are everywhere – the National Park alone boasts more than 600 miles of marked footpaths. To discover more about the region’s extensive Roman past, Hadrian’s Wall is a must-see.
Northumberland is a fabulous all year round destination. Towns such as the historic, bustling Alnwick are always open for shopping, eating out or wandering the winding cobbled streets. Attractive coastal villages such as Alnmouth, Craster and Bamburgh are well worth a visit at any time of year whether to soak up their seaside charm or sample the local art or cuisine.