Beautiful Buildings To Visit In Northumberland
Published: Wednesday 29th Mar 2017
Written by: The Grace Darling Holidays Team
Northumberland has an exhaustive line-up of beautiful features that all contribute to its rich medieval heritage and extraordinary architecture.
When staying in Northumberland, take a look inside five of the county’s most beautiful buildings that are well worth the visit to experience the unspoilt beauty of some of the regions magnificent and iconic landmarks.
- Bamburgh Castle
Bamburgh Castle can be found perched on a volcanic ridge, 45m above sea level. A journey through the magnificent castle grounds promises to astound. The castle is home to 14 public rooms, as well as over 2000 weird and wonderful artefacts. A visit to this mighty fortress offers a chance to embrace the region’s heritage. The building’s staggering scale, combined with breath-taking views of the unspoilt Northumberland Coast, makes this a truly unmissable attraction for self-confessed architecture enthusiasts.
- Cragside House
This Northumberland attraction was described back in 1880 as “a palace of the modern magician” and was once the family home of Victorian industrialist and inventor Lord Armstrong. Cragside House is home to one of Europe’s largest rock gardens, a number of beautiful streams and an array of fantastic animal and plant life - including the elusive red squirrel and a rhododendron forest. There is no shortage of natural beauty when exploring Cragside’s Gardens and Estate but it’s Armstrong’s enormous collection of British art, ceramics, furniture and gadgets that design lovers will relish an opportunity to see first-hand.
The 12th century Chillingham Castle is a short drive from the spectacular Northumberland Coast and is surrounded by impeccable Italian gardens, originally laid out in the 19th century by Sir Jeffrey Wyatville. A popular venue for weddings and private functions, tours of Chillingham Castle are available throughout the year. Ongoing restoration works mean that visitors can see intricate metalwork, masonry and ornamental plaster restored to their original beauty, and a thorough exploration of the Great Hall, dungeon, armoury, chapel and torture chamber promise a diverse and fascinating snapshot of this ancient fortress.
- Belsay Hall
In the heart of Northumberland, near the peaceful town of Morpeth, Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens offers the dramatic contrast of rugged ruins and gorgeous Grecian architecture. Belsay’s vibrant gardens are well worth a visit, whatever the season - but it’s inside the medieval castle and luxurious mansion that you’ll find something truly special. Belsay Castle is a Grade 1 listed building, originally constructed in the year 1370, and once home to the Middleton family. The superb manor house, however, was built between 1810 and 1817 in a Greek Revival style, and is now displayed without any furnishings, offering visitors an authentic, unobstructed look at its staggering craftsmanship.
- Hexham Abbey
Hexham Abbey, founded in 674 AD, is now home to a cosy café, gift shop and provides a variety of hands-on experiences and exhibits for the family. The stunning abbey houses some truly incredible medieval architecture - including carved misericords, a beautiful frith stool decorated in Celtic patterns, and the enigmatic Night Stair (consisting of 35 worn stone steps).