Northumberland is renowned for beautiful beaches and dramatic coastlines. There are a multitude of castles steeped in history plus stately homes, market towns and attractions available.
Alnwick Castle (just 4 miles away) is home to the Duke & Duchess of Northumberland and is open from April-October each year. Popular with Harry Potter fans and historians alike, visit the sumptuous state rooms or take a magical mystery tour. Learn about the life of the Percy family who have lived at the Castle for over 700 years. There are extensive grounds to explore or visit the gun terrace and learn about the battles that have taken place over the years.
Alnwick is also famous for its market town. Every week regular markets are held in the impressive cobbled marketplace overlooked by the Northumberland Hall. The famous Alnwick Food Festival and Music Festival take place here each year and entice thousands of tourists to see the displays.
Alnwick Gardens created by Her Grace, the Duchess of Northumberland is only a few minutes away from the Castle. Open every day (apart from Christmas Day) the Garden attracts visitors from all over the world. The Grand Cascade is truly breathtaking and has a number of fountains and water features. Children can play in the beautiful water sculptures or if you want to meander around the ornamental rose garden, you will find handcrafted benches to enjoy the scenery. The cherry orchard has been planted with hundreds of cherry trees which will blossom in Spring with millions of petals. Finally, no visit to Alnwick Garden is complete without a trip to the infamous Treehouse. This quirky and unique restaurant built in the trees serves fine dining and day time meals.
Bamburgh Castle is a breathtaking castle with views to Lindisfarne and the Farne Islands. It has fourteen rooms plus collections of porcelain, glassware, paintings and tapestries. The Armstrong and Aviation Artefacts Museum contains relics from two world wars and the famous Spitfire. Bamburgh beach is just on the doorstep. Miles of beautiful clean sand with the impressive Castle as a backdrop is yet another area to explore. Some other castles close by are are Warkworth, Tynemouth, Barnard, Dunstanburgh, Etal, Prudhoe and Aydon.
The Cheviot hills is another beautiful area to walk and see the wonder of nature. Cyclists and walkers are attracted to Northumberland for its dramatic scenery and breathtaking views.
If you fancy a boat ride, then visit The Farne Islands, two miles off the coast of Seahouses home to wildlife and thousands of birds. Visitors can see puffins, guillemots or the colony of grey seals on the island. Boat trips leave the harbour every day from April to September.
Newcastle & Gateshead are less than an hours drive away and offer some excellent visitor attractions and shopping facilities. Newcastles boasts some of the best entertainment, nightlife and restaurants in England.
The North East offers so many choices with the countryside, beaches, parks and national trust properties all close by. You will be spoilt for choice on your holiday.