Your Northumberland History Guide

Published: Thursday 11th May 2017

Written by: The Grace Darling Holidays Team

Harry Potter Castle

If you’re a history buff and love nothing more than spending your time delving into the realms of the past, then Northumberland is the next place your should go. Steeped in thousands of years of history, it harbours the most battle field sites and castles in Britain and attracts thousands of visitors every year with many using due to their accommodation being conveniently placed near many of Northumberland’s major sights. This guide looks at some of the must-see historical places that every history enthusiast should see.

Hadrian’s Wall

This famous historical wall is part of the UNESCO World Heritage sites and it runs from the edges of the North Sea to the edges of the Irish Sea. Its construction began in 122 AD and it runs an impressive 74 miles across Britain, most of it still intact today and it is one of Britain’s major tourist attractions. There are many leisure companies that offer treks that follow the wall from one end to the other, allowing you to not only take in the English countryside but to also admire the workmanship of something that was constructed nearly two thousand years ago. However, if you’re looking to save money, offer walking trails that will allow you to see the beauty of Northumberland and experience and important piece of Roman history.

Flodden Battlefield

9th September 1513, England and Scotland marched to face each other on the field of Flodden, resulting in one of the most bloodiest British battles which led to over 14,000 deaths in one afternoon. This battle saw the death of King James IV of Scotland who became the last British monarch to die in battle. Today, this field welcomes visitors every day who come to read the illustrated boards scattered around the field to get a field of the day when thousands of men who ran into battle for king and country, where many of them lost their lives.

Alnwick Castle

Built in 1096, Alnwick Castle has a fascinating history and has become increasingly popular throughout recent years due to its involvement in the movie franchise Harry Potter. It has been the home to the Duke of Northumberland for centuries and has had a hand in the War of the Roses, where it was one of the castles held by the Lancastrians, and the Gunpowder Plot due to Thomas Percy being a conspirator against King James I. Today it is open to the public; the Percy family still live in the castle but only in a small section of it while the state rooms, the towers, the medieval style kitchen, stables and the gates and gatehouse are open to everyone every summer. The gardens are a must-see with its poison garden, enchanting waterfalls and tree house that boasts the title of biggest in the world. It is a breathtaking historical site that is a firm favourite with historians, directors and families alike. 

The Grace Darling Holidays Team
The Grace Darling Holidays Team


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