England’s most scarcely populated county is sure to offer you a warm welcome whenever you visit. A majestic blend of history, culture and nature can all be found in this inspiring county. The countryside is rugged and holds within it castles, gardens, hills and moorlands. There’s also the spectacular North Sea coastline, an area of outstanding natural beauty and a perfect place for walks and bike rides whilst discovering the flora and fauna of England’s northernmost county.Whatever kind of holiday you are looking for come see what Northumberland has to offer, it may well just surprise you.
If you’re looking for an exciting outdoor family adventure then come to Northumberland! With a beautiful coastline, rugged moorland, quaint towns and villages and a wealth of history, you’ll soon see this county has it all.
Its border with Scotland means its lands have seen many a bloody battle over the years. With hill forts and more castles than any other English county, the remnants of these bygone campaigns are all clear to see. Starting with Hadrian’s Wall, built by Emperor Hadrian and started in 122 AD to keep out the Scottish clans, this World Heritage site is a must for any visit to the county. It is also home to the Northumberland National Park Visitor centre and a great place to see what this area has in store for you. Mountain biking, climbing and hiking are all at your disposal for your outdoor adventure.
The history continues with the town of Bamburgh, Northumberland’s historic capital, and with its castle it’s quite a formidable place. There are further castles at Alnwick, Warkworth and Etal to name just a few. There’s so much history in this area to discover there’s enough to keep everyone occupied for days!
Once you’ve traversed the lands and seen what it has to offer then be sure to head to the coast. The beautiful shoreline of the North Sea will surprise you with its golden sands and clear waters. There might not be the Mediterranean climate but this area of outstanding natural beauty has plenty on offer. Go horse riding, cycling, hiking or all three, but either way you’ll not be disappointed by the surroundings!
Boat trips are a great way to see all the wildlife in its natural coastal environment. Trips to the Farne Islands and the surrounding waters are sure to be memorable. Another island off the coast, which can be reached by car at low tide, is Holy Island or Lindisfarne. This place is again of historical significance and is said to be the birthplace if Christianity in England, it is still today an important religious site. Visit its castle and priory and marvel at the stunning views of the Northumberland coast.