Top Attractions To See In Northumberland During 2016
Published: Friday 8th Jan 2016
Written by: The Grace Darling Holidays Team
Shake off those New Year blues by looking ahead and considering a holiday in the North-East county of Northumberland. With outstanding coasts, magnificent countryside and award winning attractions, Northumberland really is a beautiful place to go for a break away from the norm.
Below are 6 of the top Northumberland attractions as rated by TripAdvisor. They are all awaiting your discovery this year whether you travel alone, as a couple or with the family.
These attractions are easily reached from the luxury self-catering cottages offered by Grace Darling Holidays.
1. Cragside House and Gardens, Morpeth
Cragside House and Gardens are a hugely popular and unique visitor attraction in Northumberland. Originally, it was the family home of Lord Armstrong, a Victorian Inventor and Industrialist. The house was the first building in the world to be lit with hydroelectricity and reveals gadgetry dating back to the 1800s. This gadgetry includes fire alarm buttons, telephones, a lift and a Turkish bath suite.
The Gardens host activities for all the family to enjoy. There is a play area, a maze, a waterfall and an agility trail and many woodland walks for endless discovery of plants and wildlife.
2. Falconry Days, Hexham
For those interested in falconry, birds of prey, bird watching, wildlife or just being in the countryside, Falconry Days will have something to offer you.
You can enjoy a unique falconry experience and get up close and hands on with owls, hawks, eagles, falcons and vultures.
This attraction is open all year with over 80 performing birds of prey that they train and fly on site.
3. Vindolanda, Hexham
Explore Vindolanda, the most excavated site on the Roman Frontier and the world-class museum with its outstanding collection of Roman objects.
The Roman remains here are the most extensive of any fort and settlement on Hadrian’s Wall. You can see an insight into how the Romans lived their daily lives with evidence of military buildings, stores, shops, houses, and two bath houses.
The museum is home to many items left by the Roman Inhabitants including shoes, coins, jewellery, pottery, textiles and much more.
4. Northumberland Coast Area
This area is popular for its sweeping sandy beaches, rolling dunes, high rocky cliffs and isolated islands.
The Northumberland Coast was designated an Area of Natural Beauty in 1958 and covers 39 miles of coast from Berwick to the Coquet Estuary. The coast is home to some of the most dramatic coastal scenery in the country.
5. Farne Islands
Fare Islands are rocky islands that make an ideal habitat for seals and many species of seabird.
From Puffins to Seals and Eider Ducks to Arctic Terns there is beautiful wildlife waiting to be discovered on your trip to the beautiful Farne Islands. Don’t forget to take your camera and binoculars to help you make the most of the birds, wildlife and views.
Don’t miss the nesting seabirds and their chicks in breeding season, the Chapel of St. Cuthbert with fine stained-glass windows and much more, all of which is surrounded by the breath-taking views of the Northumberland coast.
6. The Holy Island of Lindisfarne
This delightful, unspoiled, historic island lies just off the North-east corner of England. There is a population of just over 160 people and these people face an influx of 650,000 visitors from all over the world every year.
Lindisfarne is famous for its medieval religious heritage and its 16th century castle. While visiting the island you may also fond country houses, battle sites, castles, sea trips to the Farne Islands, priories, beaches, country walks, horse riding, honey farms and local shops and produce.