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Places to visit

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Bamburgh

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 ,seals and the occasional dolphin. There are also a few shops and an amusement arcade to keep the little ones entertained. Why not try some of the famous fish and chips while you stroll along the harbour. 

Lindisfarne

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. You can visit Lindisfarne Castle and Lindisfarne Priory then finish your visit with a taste of Lindisfarne Mead at St Aidan’s Winery. You drive over to the island on a causeway and need to check the safe crossing times.

Alnwick

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. Recently the castle has played a starring role in Harry Potter as Hogwarts and was also featured in Downtown Abbey. 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. 

Berwick-upon-Tweed

The only town in England to be complete encircled by Elizabethan Walls – a legacy of over three centuries of Anglo-Scottish warfare. During that time the town changed hands many times. There are shops, bars and restaurants to experience during your visit to Berwick upon Tweed, you can even take a boat trip along the river.

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 and whose castle is rumoured to be one of the most haunted in Britain! Cragside 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.

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