Explore Northumberland

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Northumberland is a land where adventure awaits! Winner of the British Travel Awards, Northumberland has been officially recognised as the best UK holiday destination. Take time to explore this wonderful region with friends or family by staying in one of our handpicked Northumberland cottages for a relaxing holiday or a refreshing short break.

Northumberland has so much to offer holidaymakers with award-winning attractions, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, spectacular castles, beautiful gardens, sandy beaches, wildlife rich islands, and the largest Dark Sky Park in Europe. If you prefer to explore by bike or on foot, Northumberland has miles of scenic walking routes and cycle trails.

Explore miles of unspoilt coastline…

With more than 30 miles of beautiful unspoilt beaches stretching from the bustling market town of Berwick-upon-Tweed in the north, down to the traditional coastal town of Newbiggin-by-the-Sea in the south. The Northumberland Coast is simply stunning with miles of beach for everyone to enjoy including your four-legged companion, as all Northumberland beaches are dog friendly. We also have a fantastic collection of Northumberland dog friendly holiday cottages!  

The Northumberland Coast offers you the opportunity to enjoy lots of water sport activities for all ages and abilities. With 1-1 lessons and family and group sessions available you can experience the thrill of windsurfing, paddle-boarding, scuba diving, snorkelling, coasteering, kitesurfing and sea kayaking! For those that prefer being by the sea, the Northumberland coast is great for rockpool adventures, kite flying, relaxing with a good book and of course the ultimate seaside fun activity - sandcastle building!  

Many Northumberland beaches enjoy unspoilt views out towards Northumberland’s islands including the Farne Islands, Holy Island and Coquet Island. From the coast, views of some of Northumberland’s most iconic castles can be seen including: Dunstanburgh Castle, Bamburgh Castle and Lindisfarne Castle.

With many of our Northumberland coastal cottages offering superb sea views and within a stones throw of the beaches, village shops, restaurants and picturesque harbours, a holiday cottage by the sea is the perfect place to choose for your next seaside holiday.

Explore historic towns and friendly coastal villages…

The historic market towns of Berwick, Wooler, Alnwick, Morpeth and Hexham offer great shopping and dining experiences with a good range of local independent shops, café’s, restaurants and pubs alongside the more familiar high street stores. There are regular Northumberland markets that you can visit during your stay in each of the market towns. Take home some of Northumberland’s award-winning produce including: jams, cheeses, chocolate, Craster kippers, wines and ales.

The popular market towns of Northumberland such as Alnwick, with its pretty cobbled streets is also home to popular attractions such as: Alnwick Castle, The Alnwick Garden and Barter Books – one of Europe’s largest second hand book shops.

Explore Berwick’s Elizabethan town walls, castle and the Chain Bridge Honey Farm.  Morpeth celebrates the county’s traditions with concerts, street events and dancing during the Northumbrian Gathering event that takes place in the market town each year. Wooler, with its attractive stone buildings is known as the gateway to the Cheviot Hills and Northumberland National Park; great location for walkers and close to the Scottish Border.

Seaside villages are dotted all along the Northumberland coast including: North Northumberland’s popular villages of Bamburgh, Seahouses and Beadnell. Further South, you can explore the scenic villages of Low Newton by-the-Sea, Embleton, Craster, Longhoughton, Alnmouth, Warkworth and Amble.

Explore Northumberland’s National Park...

Northumberland’s National Park covers more than 400 square miles and is filled with breathtaking landscapes, amazing wildlife, hidden valleys, rolling hills, tumbling waterfalls and clear flowing rivers and streams.

Northumberland is also home to The Northumberland International Dark Sky Park, Europe’s largest area of protected night sky. There are 20 Dark Sky Discovery Sites throughout Northumberland including Kielder Observatory and Battlesteads Observatory, providing you with excellent views of the starry night sky. There are regular events held at these sites to give you more insight into the night sky.

To the north of the National Park lie the grasslands of the Cheviot Hills with the market town of Wooler at its foothills. Experience peace and tranquillity by staying in a holiday cottage at Ingram Valley, Harthope Valley, College Valley and Breamish Valley. In the centre of the Park, lies the Coquedale and Simonside Hills with picturesque villages such as Alwinton, Harbottle, Thropton and Rothbury which sit on the outskirts.

The Sill National Landscape Discovery Centre at Once Brewed is a free visitor centre with a café and exhibitions about the local area. There is a unique grass roof with a viewing platform overlooking the Hadrian’s Wall (World Heritage Site) and the surrounding countryside.

Explore as much or as little of the 600 miles of marked footpaths and bridleways in the Northumberland National Park, whether you would like a stroll with the family to a long-distance challenge, there are some excellent trails for all abilities where you can experience the wonderful tranquillity and breath-taking views in the park.   

Explore Northumberland’s wilder side…

Northumberland is a region of diverse landscapes with the Northumberland Coast and the Northumberland National Park both providing excellent habitats for a variety of wildlife with its open moorlands, heather-clad hills, ancient woodlands, flowing rivers, rocky cliffs and islands.

Such a landscape attracts a variety of wildlife and provides excellent grounds for breeding colonies of international significance. Inland you will find red squirrels, the curlew, ospreys, black grouse and wild cattle.

On the islands off the Northumberland Coast - the Farne Islands and Coquet Island, there are thousands of grey seals and a variety of seabirds including: puffins, razorbills, kittiwakes, shags, guillemots and Britain’s rarest seabird, the roseate tern. If you are lucky, you may also spot the dolphins, whales and porpoises that are often seen off the Northumberland Coast.

Explore Northumberland’s castles…

Rich in history, Northumberland is home to more castles than any other county in England, with over 70 sites to explore including some which have been used in Movies and TV shows. Bamburgh Castle was featured in movies such as Transformers: The Last Knight and The BFG with Alnwick Castle, featured in the hit TV series, Downtown Abbey and the Harry Potter movies.

Step back in time and learn all about what life was life in these medieval castles with popular sites including, Lindisfarne Castle, Alnwick Castle, Bamburgh Castle, Dunstanburgh Castle, Chillingham Castle, Belsay Castle and Warkworth Castle.

Explore vibrant gardens…

From the formal gardens at Northumberland’s National Trust properties including Cragside, Wallington Hall and Lindisfarne Castle to the English Heritage’s Quarry gardens at Belsay Hall, there are plenty of beautiful gardens to explore all year round.

The award-winning Alnwick Garden is well worth a visit. Created by the Duchess of Northumberland, this 12-acre site of magnificent gardens are home to the world’s largest Tai Haku Cherry Orchard with swings scattered on the bankside, a grand cascade with 120 water jets and the world’s largest treehouse Restaurant. It also features a Poison Garden, Rose Garden, an Ornamental Garden, a Bamboo Labyrinth and interactive water features and fountains for all to enjoy.