Things To See & Do
Hadrian’s Wall : the northern frontier of the Holy Roman Empire with countless opportunities for stunning walks and unforgettable views. The main visitor attractions on the Wall are the Roman Army Museum, Vindolanda where live excavations take place and Housesteads Fort. We’ll also recommend some of the best places for views along the wall and across the surrounding countryside.
Kielder Water & Forest: a land of superlatives: the biggest man-made lake in Northern Europe, the largest working forest in England lying in one of the largest Dark Sky Parks in the world. Do not miss the award winning Observatory where world famous astro-physicists will teach you about our solar system.
The Cheviot Hills are possibly the most remote in England and are steeped in history from the Bronze, Stone and Dark Ages to Flodden Battlefield, where 500 years ago the bloodiest battle in Britain’s history took place. Scenic drives across the moors lead to 4200 standing stones in the fascinating Ford and Etal Estates, a collection of remarkable settlements with hidden delights, including a narrow-gauge steam railway for children of all ages.
For an unusual wildlife experience, head to Chillingham Castle and Wild Cattle. Walk with the warden & learn about these amazing beasts, a herd of about 100 non-domesticated cattle who have lived and bred on the estate for 800 years.
Holy Island of Lindisfarne – check the tide times in advance!
This tidal islet is not only a site of special Christian significance, but also a stunningly beautiful place to explore with abundant birdlife, pristine dunes and charming village community. The drive across the causeway is exhilarating if the tide has only just turned as the sea may still cover the road!
No trip to Northumberland is complete without a visit to Bamburgh Castle, one of the most magnificent sites in the whole of England. It is frequently the star of major TV and film dramas, most recently welcoming Michael Fassbender as Macbeth. Just below the castle walls a path leads through the dunes to one of Northumberland’s finest beaches.
Farne Island Boat Trip from Seahouses
The Farnes consist of 30 islands and are home to many species including Puffin, Eider, Razorbill, Guillemot, Shag, Kittiwake and Fulmar plus a large colony of grey seals. You may also be lucky enough to spot minke whale, dolphins and porpoise which frequent the area.
Craster is famous for its Kippers: after sampling the local delicacy head north along the shore towards the dramatic ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle
Travelling To & Around
Northumberland is easily accessible by road and rail from all directions. The M6 or the A1/M1 motorways lead to either end of the A69, the cross country route which runs parallel to Hadrian’s Wall.
By rail, the East Coast mainline (London to Edinburgh) travels through Northumberland while the cross country route along the Tyne Valley links Newcastle to Carlisle via Hadrian’s Wall country.
By bus: there are comprehensive bus routes and timetables around the county. Of particular note is the AD122 which links all of the Hadrian’s Wall area.
The best way to explore the county is certainly by car, with quiet roads and back country routes offering stunning views around every corner.