Best Summertime Activities In Northumberland
Published: Tuesday 3rd Apr 2018
Written by: The Grace Darling Holidays Team
Those looking to beat the stress and strain of city life in London would probably love to escape to the northeast part of England, specifically Northumberland, which is a much more relaxing place to spend your time. Despite its size as the sixth largest county, the area is sparsely populated. With no cities, only towns and hamlets, it is a very attractive rustic getaway.
There are wonderfully cosy cottages available for visitors and travellers to stay in the area like those on offer from Grace Darling holidays in different parts of the county. These are self-catering comfortable retreats well suited for family visitors. They are ideal for the family and are even pet-friendly - making them perfect to stay on holiday in the area.
Some of the activities which you might consider doing in summer in this area include:
#1 - One of the best ways to explore the natural beauty of the area is to take a stroll from Craster to Dunstanburgh Castle. For those feeling peckish on the trip, there is the Jolly Fisherman, an iconic pub in Craster, famed for its great food and quality service.
#2 - Enjoy a tour of Alnwick Gardens and Castle. A great place to visit with the kids, they will be fascinated with a visit to the interactive gardens and learn about the many species of flora in the garden and even get to walk on the shaky bridges of the Treehouse restaurant. This is a great place to grab a bite to eat – but booking needs to be made in advance because of its popularity. A visit to the castle offers an opportunity to see the locations where some of the Harry Potter movie series were filmed.
#3 - Another fine area to explore at leisure is the coastal walk from Seahouses to Bamburgh. When the tide is low, visitors can catch a glimpse of an old partial shipwreck in the area. There is the Grace Darling Museum with its interactive exhibits built to commemorate the memory of the famous lady herself. A little further down the route is the burial spot of Grace at St Aidan’s Churchyard. Later visitors can choose to head back to Seahouses when there is high tide. There even is a lovely spot on the rocks to enjoy a wonderful beachside barbecue with the family.
#4 - Explore Howick Hall and Gardens, which is the former residence of the famous Earl Grey, the second Earl whom after the famous brand of tea is named. It is the ideal spot to enjoy a traditional English afternoon tea accompanied by an assortment of fine delicacies.
#5 - Also worth checking out is Holy Island. The only way to get to the island is by a causeway, which can only be crossed at low tide. Just ensure to check the timings of the tide before you visit the place to prevent getting stranded when the tide comes in. A magical and tranquil place to visit, it is quite popular with visitors to the area. There are a number of quaint little shops in the village and there is also Lindisfarne Castle which offers panoramic views of the surrounding areas from its ramparts.