Food and Drink
Take one diverse county. Combine coast and countryside. Add dedicated local producers and mix with talented chefs. The result is outstanding food and drink to dine out on in restaurants, inns and cafés worth travelling to - and to take home as well.
Truffle out foodie finds at farmers markets and country shows, or go on an edible adventure. Work up a thirst with a microbrewery tours and pull your own pint of real ale. For a sweet treat make a beeline to Chainbridge Honey Farm, while cheese lovers can indulge in a tasting tour at The Northumberland Cheese Company and even make their own cheese.
The best-preserved frontier of the Roman Empire and the nation’s finest Roman monument, great stretches of Hadrian’s Wall remain intact in Northumberland. Hadrian's Wall leaves a lasting impression on any who visit, including writer George RR Martin who used it as inspiration for his own Wall in the bestselling books and hit TV series, Game of Thrones.
Northumberland’s wild outdoor spaces are ideal for indulging in adventure activities of all kinds. Clay pigeon shooting, flying and gliding, water sports, paintballing, ballooning and quad biking can all be found throughout the country, along with the latest craze coasteering.
Ranging from challenging long distance trails with cosy pubs and welcoming guest houses en route, to leisurely circular walks through pretty hamlets and wildlife rich coast and countryside, Northumberland has it all.
Discover castles, golden beaches, wildlife and history on the Northumberland Coast Path. It’s made for walking; if you want something remote, head north of Bamburgh Castle and past Stag Rock to a wilder coast, the sea on one side, sand dunes on the other and on the far horizon stands Lindisfarne Castle.
Hadrian's Wall Path National Trail, is an unbroken 84-mile signposted trail stretching from coast-to-coast, from Wallsend in the east to Bowness-on-solway in the west. It passes through some of the most beautiful parts of England - from rolling fields and rugged moorland to the vibrant cities of Newcastle and Carlisle.
Of course, there's the world famous Hadrian's Wall, Roman Britain's biggest building project that still dominates the county's landscape almost 2,000 years after it was constructed. American newspaper USA Today described the wall as "better than Stonehenge".
There are signs of ancient civilisation in the mysterious cup and ring stone carvings that dot the county, early Christianity was nurtured at the Holy Island of Lindisfarne off the Northumberland Coast and Northumberland was often at the centre of various disputes between England and Scotland.