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Mile upon mile of glorious sandy beaches, world famous heritage sites and stunning countryside, there’s so much to see and do for visitors to Northumberland. Here’s our guide to the Best Places To Visit and the Top Ten Things To Do in Northumberland.

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Best places to visit in Northumberland

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Alnmouth

Alnmouth was once one of the most important medieval sea ports between the Tweed and Tyne. Today this picturesque village on the north bank of the River Aln is home to some beautiful sandy beaches.

Alnwick

Alnwick originally prospered as a medieval market town, and it still retains many of its cobbled streets, narrow alleys and fine stone buildings which now house a range of specialist shops. The town is home to the magnificent Alnwick Castle and the inspired Alnwick Garden. The castle dominates Alnwick. It is one of the most stunning fortified buildings in Europe and one of the largest inhabited castles in England. Not surprisingly it is known as The Windsor of the North. The castle has stood over the town since medieval times and you may recognise it from its recent starring role as Hogwarts in the Harry Potter series of films. Beyond the castle is the fabulous Alnwick Garden which is a joy not just for keen gardeners but also families and warrants a full day’s visit itself.

Bamburgh

Bamburgh Castle is one of the most iconic sights of Northumberland. This magnificent fortress, with the picturesque village of Bamburgh below, is the crowning glory of the long, golden beach and its rolling dunes. Once home to the kings of ancient Northumbria, the castle we see today is a relatively recent structure, built at vast cost in late Victorian times. But the castle boasts a much longer history. There have been settlements on the site since prehistoric times and regular archaeological digs have unearthed some spectacular finds. During July and August there is live archaeology, complete with children’s dig pit.

Beadnell

Beadnell’s main attraction is its magnificent golden beach, one of the longest sandy bays in the north east. It is safe for bathing and excellent for children to build sandcastles and play on the broad dunes. During holiday times the beach is busy with watersports including, diving, sailing, surfing, windsurfing, sea canoeing and waterskiing. There is a small harbour where fishing boats land lobster, crab and salmon.

Berwick upon Tweed

Berwick is located on the north bank of the River Tweed, just a few miles from Scotland. Its border location meant it changed hands many times, often violently down the centuries, and its town walls are testament to its past as a valued asset fought over by the English and the Scots. From the top of those walls you can see the wide estuary of the River Tweed and a Robert Stevenson-designed railway viaduct hailed as one of the finest in the world. It is these views that have enchanted many, including Lancashire artist L.S. Lowry who painted and holidayed in the town. There is a specially created Lowry Trail for those who want to explore his favourite holiday resort. Venturing inside the formidable walls you’ll find a charming and eclectic Georgian market town with a huge range of things to do and enjoy including some great museums – try the Berwick Barracks and Main Guard – as well as galleries and an Arts Centre.

Craster

Craster is an interesting fishing village and harbour with a reputation for the most delicious oak-smoked kippers in the country, with a recommended restaurant right next to the smoke house.

Seahouses

Seahouses is a small, bustling harbour town just south of Bamburgh and therefore an ideal base for exploring the coast. Famous for its fantastic fish and chips and as the launching point for boat trips to the Farne Islands, it has a busy main street and a colourful harbour with spectacular views of the Northumberland coast and, in the distance, the magnificent sight of Bamburgh Castle.

Top ten things to do in Northumberland

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Walk the Pilgrims’ Path across the sands to Holy Island

Holy Island was one of the principal centres of Christianity during the Dark Ages and is now a top tourist attraction. Today most people drive over at low tide but you can walk across the sands following the posts waymarking the Pilgrims’ Path, just as visitors would have done in times past.

Cycle around Kielder Water

Kielder Water is northern Europe’s largest man-made lake and while the countryside is remote, it is all the more beautiful for that. The Lakeside Way is trail that follows the 27-mile Kielder Water shoreline. In addition there is an extensive network of off-road tracks through Kielder Forest to suit all abilities.

See the Chillingham herd up close

The Chillingham cattle are unique – a truly wild herd, the sole survivors of animals that once roamed the forests of Britain. Now there are less than 100 of them and they can only be viewed when accompanied by a warden who will ensure your safety. Small groups of people are taken as close as possible to the herd and the warden will talk with great passion about these remarkable beasts and their history.

Visit Harry Potter’s Hogwarts

Alnwick Castle dominates the town. It is one of the most stunning fortified buildings in Europe and one of the largest inhabited castles in England. Not surprisingly it is known as The Windsor of the North. The castle has stood over the town since medieval times and is recognisable as Hogwarts in the Harry Potter series of films. Beyond the castle is the fabulous Alnwick Garden which is a joy not just for keen gardeners but also families and warrants a full day’s visit itself. Cleverly designed with lots of opportunities for the kids to get wet and play, the gardens are of great interest horticulturally. Children can collect water in the mini tractors, paddle in the rills, see the many ways water can move in the Serpent Garden and dodge the Grand Cascade’s jets.

Take a boat out to the Farne Islands

The Farne Islands are an experience not to be missed. In summer they are home to over 100,000 pairs of breeding seabirds, including puffins, terns, guillemots, eider ducks, fulmar, cormorant and kittiwake. When the birds leave in late summer the Farne Isles become the pupping grounds for the second largest colony of grey seals in England.

Star gaze in the Kielder Forest

The remoteness of the area, and more particularly the absence of light pollution, makes Kielder ideal for star gazing. At nearby Kielder Castle the night sky can be viewed with powerful telescopes under the guidance of expert astronomers from Sunderland Astronomy Club.

Taste some oak-smoked Craster kippers

The small fishing port of Craster is home to the Craster Kipper, a famous delicacy of herring smoked in the traditional way over fires of oak sawdust. A hundred years ago the North Sea was teeming with herring and the tiny harbour was busy with boats supplying the smokehouses. Today just the one smokehouse remains. Kippers can be purchased from the smokehouse shop or enjoyed in the seafood restaurant.

Walk in the footsteps of the Romans on Hadrian’s Wall

Hadrian’s Wall stretches for over 70 miles from coast to coast across the natural beauty and splendour of the northern Pennines.  This World Heritage Site is at its most spectacular at the western edge of Northumberland. Some of its most famous sites, including Housesteads (the most complete Roman fort in Britain), Vindolanda and Steel Rigg are within walking distance of one another. A regular bus service between these sites provides the opportunity to take a linear walk between them.

Learn to surf and catch a wave

Northumberland is Britain’s best-kept secret when it comes to surfing. Take a surfing lesson and learn how to catch a wave in some of the best locations along the coastline including Bamburgh, Beadnell and Seahouses.

Curl up next to an open fire and browse in the country’s largest second-hand bookshop

Barter Books is housed in Alnwick’s old railway station. It has the most extensive collection of books to suit all ages, enormous and yet cosy – with open fires – it provides a convivial atmosphere to browse in a leisurely manner. Some have called it The British Library of second-hand bookshops.

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