Published: Sunday 15th Mar 2015
Written by: The Grace Darling Holidays Team
Northumberland is one of the most popular UK regions for domestic and international visitors and there are plenty of reasons why. An area full of natural beauty, those who make the trip can enjoy stunning coastline scenery, golden beaches, rocky cliffs and wondrous woodlands.
The World Heritage Site Hadrian’s Wall is located in Northumberland, and it is also the birthplace of the 8th century Lindisfarne Gospels. There are many castles and historic sites to discover and excite the imagination of young minds.
Historic houses in the region are great places to entertain children with ghostly tales, and the Heatherslaw Light Railway steam train experience is sure to amaze both the young and the old.
For families who love the outdoors, there are many walking routes and a National park too. Great for getting some fresh air, you can take in the splendour of the rolling hills and valleys as well as the best views that the region has to offer.
Where should you stay?
Northumberland offers a wide range of accommodation options, including hotels, bed and breakfasts and self-catering options.
Self-catering alternatives are often best for families because these tend to be more flexible. This type of accommodation will allow you to cook your own meals if you wish, give you access to a private garden or courtyard, have laundry facilities and anything else you normally need in your own home. Ideal for all ages, good self-catering properties will feel like a second home to you and your family.
Finding a self-catering cottage last minute is usually a nightmare but the Grace Darling Holidays late availability deals have made it a breeze. For example, you can enjoy a 7 night stay at the Eider Cottage in the town of Amble for only £275. Situated near the harbour and the beach, this well-equipped property is also close to the town centre.
If you want to get a taste of life in a fishing village, then a stay at the Mayflower Cottage in Seahouses is highly recommended. A special 15 per cent discount for groups of 8 or less, you can relax in a large six bedroom self-catering property that’s modern, tastefully furnished and perfectly located near shops, bars and restaurants.
What will you do?
Apart from visiting popular tourist attractions, don’t forget to check out the local events calendar as there are many special kid-friendly events to celebrate half-term.
How will you get here?
Getting to Northumberland is easy. You can get to the region by air with flights that land at Newcastle International Airport, which is around a 25 minute drive from Morpeth.
There are many railway stations in the region, meaning you can get here by train as well. The journey is around 3 hours from London Kings Cross. National Express coaches is another alternative for comfortable rides to the region.
Of course, you can make your way to Northumberland by car using major motorways like the A1 or if you are coming in from the west, the A69 and A66.