However long you’re staying and whoever you’re coming with – you’ll always be spoilt for choice for things to do and places to visit when you come to Northumberland. The Northumberland Coast AONB (area of outstanding natural beauty) and the Northumberland National Park websites are great places to start when planning a day out, containing links to plenty of activities, attractions and events.

Here’s just a few links to help you plan your trip and read about some of the ‘not to be missed’ places and activities we have to offer…

  • If you prefer to get around on two wheels then Cycle Northumberland are, as they say on their website, a ‘one stop shop for everything cycling in Northumberland’…and they really are!
  • For other activities you might be keen on…here’s a list of Northumberland golf clubs, a list of great places for fishing and there’s a great guide to water sports in the area provided by the Northumberland Coast AONB.
  • If you want to see castles, as you have already read, we have dozens of them! You can read a little more about them on and there’s also a very comprehensive list that gives a great run-down of each one on Your Northumberland Guide.
  • Young or old…no trip to Northumberland would be complete without a trip to the beach. All of Northumberland’s 30+ miles of beach are dog friendly all year round. You can read about them all on but we think Embleton, Bamburgh, Beadnell and Seahouses are the pick of the bunch!
  • Eating out in Northumberland is a real treat! With a fabulous selection of pubs and restaurants, you will be spoilt for choice. There’s a decent list on and you can also see a list of reviews on
  • If you’re bringing your four-legged friends on holiday, you’ll find that Northumberland is one of the most accessible destinations going. As well as all the amazing beaches, there’s plenty of places to eat and drink where your dogs will be welcomed. Here’s a list of dog-friendly pubs in the area and some super places to visit.
  • Northumberland is a great destination for kids, there’s so much to do. Again, who doesn’t love the beach?? If it’s more than miles of golden sand you’re looking for – there are some super suggestions on Day Out With The Kids and Let’s Go With The Children.
  • Even when it’s (very occasionally!) raining – there’s still so much to do in Northumberland. There are a couple of very comprehensive lists of activities on Things To Do On A Rainy Day and on the Northumberland Coat AONB There’s enough to do on there for a whole lifetime of rain!
  • The National Trust has extensive range of properties and sites around the county. The site isn’t particularly easy to navigate but the page for each attraction does list other nearby attractions. Cragside House and Wallington Hall are both amazing places with so much to do for everyone.
  • Hadrian’s Wall is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and therefore you can’t possibly miss it off your list of places to visit! Stretching from coast to coast there are multiple sites across the county to visit and soak up the Wall’s rich history.

As well as all the places to see, things to do and places to eat. Here’s another few links that we think you’ll find helpful in planning your perfect trip to Northumberland…