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North Northumberland has a wealth of attractions and activities for you to enjoy during your stay no matter what the weather may throw at you.
The magnificent castle at Bamburgh dominates the coastline with its glorious beaches but it is only one of six historic castles all within 25 miles.
The area also offers many other attractions including gardens, crafts, museums, spectacular nature trails, walks to suit all and the famous island of Lindisfarne.
Explore these attractions by following the links below:
Belford, Wooler and inland
For a fascinating display of the village’s past, visit Belford’s Hidden History Exhibition; next to the Blue Bell Inn, in the old village reading rooms. Sunnyhills Farm Shop on the edge of the town makes for a lovely outing for all of the family offering a farm shop, cafe bistro, gift area and outdoor play area.
An established market town, Wooler is known as the ‘gateway to the Cheviots’. Discover the Glendale area and its beautiful sites with wonderful walks in the countryside.
Originally a 12th century stronghold, Chillingham Castle offers historic buildings, magnificent gardens and the famous herd of white wild cattle … all set within the beautiful Northumberland countryside.
One of the largest inhabited castles in the UK, Alnwick Castle offers history, entertainment and a great day out for all of the family.
Alnwick Gardens is an inspiring landscape: hosting a rich and beautiful collection of plants and flowers along with magnificent architecture all brought to life with stunning water features. Spend a day exploring the garden with your family and enjoy a truly unique experience.
Firmly established as one of the leading small venues in the North of England, Alnwick Playhouse is a wonderful and vibrant arts centre offering theatre, film, comedy, dance and music; a remarkable and valuable part of the local community.
Established in 1972 in Alnwick, Hardy’s has ‘lead the way’ in the design and production of fishing tackle in both coarse and fly fishing. Hardy’s host a fascinating museum covering the history behind their products and activities in Britain’s favourite participant sport.
Located in Alnwick’s magnificent old Victorian railway station, Barter Books is one of the largest second hand book shops in the country. With most of the original features still in place and excellent refreshments it is a truly unique experience.
Howick Hall Gardens has been rated by the BBC Gardener’s World Magazine as one of the top 5 coastal gardens in the country. The gardens are best known for their spring bulbs and its woodland garden. Take time to enjoy woodland walks through the arboretum and a wildbog walk around the pond; a garden-lovers dream.
Fortunately situated in the heart of the Northumberland countryside, Otterburn Mill is a delightful tourist attraction combining fabulous location, fantastic heritage, and famous brands for a truly unforgettable day out!
Berwick, Eyemouth & Holy Island
Situated in the most Northerly point of Northumberland, Berwick upon Tweed is England’s most dramatic walled border town. Inside the formidable walls you will find a charismatic market town with plenty of history to uncover and things to see and do.
A tidal island just off the extreme North east corner of England, Holy Island is accessed by a paved causeway and is visited by 650,000 visitors every year. It is a tranquil, spiritual and simply beautiful Northumbrian attraction steeped in the history which reached out across the country.
Discover the life of the ‘smugglers’ at the new exhibition in the Eyemouth Maritime Centre, uncovering all the secrets of 19th century coastal smuggling. With displays, relics and memorabilia, the Maritime Centre is packed full of fun and most unexpected.
Once described as a ‘splendid palace’ built by a smuggler, Gunsgreen House overlooks the picturesque fishing town of Eyemouth and is fast becoming a favourite visitor attraction in the Scottish Borders.
Bamburgh, Seahouses & Farne Islands
Spanning 9 acres of land high above the Northumberland coastline, Bamburgh Castle has been home to Kings of Northumbria and a family home since 1894. Experience the sights, stories and fascinating history of over two thousand years.
The Farne Islands are the most famous sea bird sanctuary in the British Isles and have a large colony of Atlantic grey seals. Choose from a range of boat trips for a remarkable trip across sea to see and enjoy the wild life.
Seahouses: the ‘gateway to the Farnes‘ is famous for its fishing harbour set in the wonderful coastline, magnificent attractions and boat trips to the Farne Islands.
Listen to the breath-taking life history of Northumbria’s local Victorian heroine, Grace Darling, and the story of the wreck of the SS Forfarshire in 1838. The museum displays the famous rescue along with a collection of Grace’s clothes, family belongings and letters.