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Places to visit


This lovely historic village, is dominated by the massive basalt outcrop, upon which stands the magnificent Bamburgh Castle. There are wonderful beaches and sand dunes and the Grace Darling Museum.

Seahouses/Farne Islands

A bustling small seaside resort and fishing harbour, from which a succession of boats take visitors to the Farne Islands to see large colonies of sea birds and the occasional seal.


Often referred to as Holy Island, it is the site of the first Viking invasions of Britain. Lindisfarne’s history is deeply intertwined with both the birth of Anglo-Saxon Britain and of English Christianity. It was here that in the 8th century; monks created the famous Lindisfarne Gospels. There is a small castle and you can finish your visit with a taste of Lindisfarne Mead. You drive over to the island on a causeway and need to check the safe crossing times.


A find market town with a huge castle at it’s heart. Alnwick Castle is the main seat of the Duke of Northumberland whose family, the Percys, have owned the stronghold since 1309 AD. Also home to the internationally acclaimed Alnwick Garden, featuring a formal ornamental garden, poison garden, one of the largest tree-houses in the world and the Grand Cascade is the largest water feature of its kind in the country. The Pavilion and Visitor Centre are a recent addition.


The only town in England to be complete encircled by Elizebethan Walls – a legacy of over three centuries of Anglo-Scottish warfare. During that time the town changed hands many times.

Northumberland National Park

Breathtaking views, 1000 km of marked footpaths and bridleways, this area will be of special interest to those who enjoy walking. The Cheviot Hills in the north offer wonderful hill walking and heading south you can explore beautiful coquetdale. There is the picturesque market town of Wooler and nearby Chillingham whose wild cattle have roamed wild and free for over 700 years. Cragside House in Rothbury, with it’s lovely grounds is worth a visit and we are also within 50 miles of the Hadrian’s Wall Path National Trail.

The Purdy Lodge