Northumberland is one of the largest and most sparsely populated counties; the peaceful land punctuated with friendly market towns and villages where you are guaranteed the warmest of welcomes. This vast rural expanse makes for a diverse and thriving array of environments perfect for outdoor activities as well as the local wildlife, making Northumberland a hotspot for birdwatchers, adventurers, holidaymakers and peace-seekers alike.
Discover a land soaked in bloody history. Explore the many ancient castles and battlefields or dig up the past at Hadrian’s Wall. Visit Bamburgh Castle, an ancient site completely remodelled and rebuilt by Victorian entrepreneur Lord Armstrong, who also built Cragside House, the first house in the world to be lit by hydraulic power. Coming inland, but staying in the north of the county, Alnwick Castle dominates its town and you may recognise it from its starring role as Hogwarts in the Harry Potter series of films.
Explore Northumberland’s wilderness. Windswept beaches, miles of rugged moorland, abundant hills and rocky crags towering over miles of striking panoramic scenery. Relax on the expansive unspoilt coast or soak up the natural beauty of hidden gardens. Northumberland boasts thirty-nine miles of AONB coastline and some of the most dramatic scenery in the UK. The Farne Islands, in the north of the county are home to grey seals, puffins and a diverse range of seabirds and are a favourite wildlife destination of Sir David Attenborough.
Nestled within the stunning Northumberland National Park you will find Kielder, officially recognised as the best tourism experience in the country. This uninterrupted space is bigger and wilder than anywhere else with 250 square miles of opportunity. Whether your passion is flying down a mountain bike track covered in mud, a quiet family picnic, or water sports on the biggest man-made lake in northern Europe, this is the place to be.
For more information please visit www.visitnorthumberland.com and find out how you can make the most of this gorgeous county.