Northumberland is a county that is rich in history and is perfectly situated within 30 miles of stunning coastline, in the heart of the North East of England. As the regions most northernly county, it borders the Scottish Borders to the North, Cumbria to the West, County Durham and Tyne and Wear to the South, and the rustic North Sea coastline to the East.
Some of the most popular destinations in Northumberland are:
With more castles than any other place in England, there are plenty of things to keep you busy in and around Northumberland. If exploring castles is your thing, then why not check out Warkworth, Dunstanburgh, Bamburgh and Lindisfarne castles which are absolutely stunning.
Hadrian's Wall is a defensive fortification in the Roman province of Britannia, begun in AD 122 in the reign of the emperor Hadrian. It ran from the banks of the River Tyne near the North Sea to the Solway Firth on the Irish Sea, and was the northern limit of the Roman Empire, immediately north of which were the lands of the northern Ancient Britons, including the Picts.
Holy Island is a tidal island off the northeast coast of England and has a recorded history from the 6th century AD. It is home to a Lindisfarne castle which was built on the island in 1550. It constitutes the civil parish of Holy Island in Northumberland.
Kielder Observatory is described as "one of the most remarkable places to visit in the whole of the UK. A public astronomical observatory which is second to none, under some of the darkest skies in the world where you'll find "infinite inspiration" and wonders you could never have imagined!" Visit the Kielder Observatory website here
Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens has over three hundred species of animals including emus, wallabies, marmosets, pygmy goats, donkeys, meerkats, lemurs and many more. Visitors can meet the keepers and learn about the animals and their habitats.
Visit the Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens website for Prices and Opening Times!