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    Why we love Northumberland

    It’s always a great time to visit Northumberland. In spring, thousands of puffins flock to its islands, resulting in one of Britain’s greatest wildlife spectacles. In summer, its beaches are glorious: much of the coast is a nature reserve, with grass-topped dunes and wide golden sands. Autumn brings leaf-crunching walks through Northumberland National Park, plus festivals and fireworks galore. As for winter, simple pleasures abound: long pub lunches, frost-nipped trails and some of the best stargazing on Earth.

    Northumberland is England’s northernmost county, and it sits right on the border with Scotland. It’s historical hot property, a land long fought over by kingdoms and invaders – evident in its many castles, citadels and the 2,000-year-old Hadrian’s Wall.

    From Roman fortresses to enchanting isles, here’s where to go on your Northumberland holiday.

    Things to do in Northumberland

    A haven for hikers, cyclists and art lovers, this wild nature reserve has an outdoor sculpture trail and stargazing observatory.

    Explore Kielder Water and Forest Park
    Female hiker with a backpack and walking poles, hiking through the countryside of Kilder in Northumberland at sunrise
    Kielder Water and Forest Park, Northumberland

    This ‘holy island’ attracts pilgrims from all over the world: it’s a peaceful spot, cut off from the mainland at high tide.

    Plan your trip to Lindisfarne
    Man leaning against 4x4, holding camera
    Lindisfarne, Northumberland

    Combine tangible history with breathtaking walks, museums and glorious countryside along these ancient Roman ramparts.

    See what’s on at Hadrian’s Wall
    View along a long stony wall at sunset. Hills at sunset
    Hadrian’s Wall

    Overlooking the golden sands of Bamburgh beach, this magnificent fortress is one of Britain’s biggest inhabited castles.

    Get your tickets for Bamburgh Castle
    View from a distance of a castle on hill near a beach
    Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland

    On the border between Scotland and England, these rolling hills attract hikers, mountain bikers, horse riders and more.

    Find adventure in The Cheviots
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    The Cheviots, Northumberland

    A haven for hikers, cyclists and art lovers, this wild nature reserve has an outdoor sculpture trail and stargazing observatory.

    Explore Kielder Water and Forest Park
    Female hiker with a backpack and walking poles, hiking through the countryside of Kilder in Northumberland at sunrise
    Kielder Water and Forest Park, Northumberland

    This ‘holy island’ attracts pilgrims from all over the world: it’s a peaceful spot, cut off from the mainland at high tide.

    Plan your trip to Lindisfarne
    Man leaning against 4x4, holding camera
    Lindisfarne, Northumberland

    Combine tangible history with breathtaking walks, museums and glorious countryside along these ancient Roman ramparts.

    See what’s on at Hadrian’s Wall
    View along a long stony wall at sunset. Hills at sunset
    Hadrian’s Wall

    Overlooking the golden sands of Bamburgh beach, this magnificent fortress is one of Britain’s biggest inhabited castles.

    Get your tickets for Bamburgh Castle
    View from a distance of a castle on hill near a beach
    Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland

    On the border between Scotland and England, these rolling hills attract hikers, mountain bikers, horse riders and more.

    Find adventure in The Cheviots
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    The Cheviots, Northumberland

    Places to stay in Northumberland

    Holiday cottages

    Make yourself at home: you’ll find self-catering cottages throughout the countryside, beside the sea, and in Northumberland’s market towns.

    Glamping getaways

    For the joy of the great outdoors with a few little luxuries, take your pick from woodland cabins, shepherd’s huts, yurt tents – and more.

    Pubs with rooms

    Pubs aren’t just for drinking and dining: many of them offer accommodation too, with cosy bedrooms, hearty breakfasts and a warm local welcome.

    Explore nearby

    From palaces to cobbled alleys, and a dormant volcano, this city is a real show-stopper.

    A young couple taking a selfie of view over historic town

    Linked by no fewer than seven bridges, it's one vibrant place to visit.

    Couple kayaking on a river under blue skies

    From the tip of England’s tallest peak to the nation’s deepest lake, this national park is stacked with super-sized scenery.

    A group of friends having fun kayaking on Derwent Water in The Lake District, mountains in the distance

    Small and mighty – York is the medieval walled city that really packs a punch.

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    Getting to Northumberland

    Northumberland is located on the boundary between Scotland and England – but you won’t need to show your passport if you’re crossing the border by land. If you’re travelling by public transport, Newcastle provides excellent train links via the East Coast Main Line, with the fastest train from London taking around two hours 40 minutes, and Edinburgh 40 minutes. The closest international airport is in Newcastle.

    Getting around

    Taking the bus is cheap, easy and convenient – with local services running all over Northumberland, and even to Lindinsfarne (Holy Island) when the tide allows. By train, the Tyne Valley Line connects Newcastle with Carlisle, and runs along the south of Northumberland National Park; check the website for local walks and attractions accessible from its stations.

    By bike

    From short trails to long-distance routes, there are countless cycling trails to explore – and bike hire is available all over the region. Contact Carrylite for luggage transfers.

    By car

    For the ultimate flexibility, hire a car and follow a scenic road trip like the 39-mile (62km) ​​Northumberland Coastal Route. Local electric charging points are plentiful too.

    By bus

    Northumberland is served by multiple bus operators, such as Go North East, which offers a 25% discount for two people travelling together. Traveline provides real-time bus info.

    Want to know more?

    Delve deeper into Northumberland’s best things to do and beautiful places to stay, by visiting its official website.