Top Reasons for Taking a Trip to Northumberland


All too often, the first thing that comes to people’s mind when they think Northumberland is Newcastle. However, there is more to this region than the wonderful city. With all the things that one can do and see beyond its metropolitan settings, Northumberland offers something for everybody— whether you are a budding historian or nature lover just hoping to enjoy some quick escape from the city.

Always something to do

It doesn’t matter the time of the year, there is always something interesting to see and do in Northumberland. Thanks to its wide array of attractions for the entire family— the only ever problem you’ll encounter is deciding where to get started.

While it is easier to get around the area when you have your own transport, it shouldn’t be a problem if you don’t too. Buses regularly serve the rest of the county which allows you to relish some of the most beautiful scenery this side of Britain has to offer. Whether you are the outdoorsy type wanting to reconnect with nature, a parent just looking for things and activities to do to keep the little ones entertained, or a history and art buff hoping to get a feel of the region’s art and culture scene, there is always something for everybody at Northumberland.

Beautiful Coastline

With a seaboard that stretches for 70 miles, Northumberland offers some of the loveliest coastlines in England. Featuring soft sands, offshore islands, a wide open sea and dunes peppered on the side with some old fishing village or medieval castles. The shores are usually flocked by hikers, watersport enthusiasts, birdwatchers and families— but you’ll find that the rest of the Northumberland coast is crowd-free and wonderfully unspoilt. If you are mainly looking to experience some solitude while you enjoy the beauty of the Northumberland beaches, be sure to head to Rumbling Ken, Sugar Sands, Ross Back Sands, Football Hole and Cheswick Sand. If you’re an avid birder, the sands at Druridge Bay and Cresswell would be worth a visit.

Rich History

There is no better focal point to the Roman influence in the region than Hadrian’s Wall although there are numerous other points of interests in the region that points back to the influences of the Romans in the area. Built over 2,000 years ago, Hadrian’s Wall used to stand at 10 feet in height— although only about half of that wall has remained in most places. It is certainly the most celebrated attraction of the region, there are fascinating visitor centres and forts along the area which should give you a better glimpse of what life used to be like back in the day. The superb view and the wide expanse of the beautiful countryside make it a great destination not just for those hoping to get a good glimpse of the past and those that want to enjoy some hearty walk.

Historic Towns

Thanks to its close links to the Romans, Northumberland has a number of historic towns— many of which can be traced even as far back as the 12th century. What is even more remarkable is the fact that numerous artefacts have been preserved in these areas for ages. One of the most popular historical destinations in the region is the past-coloured village of Alnmouth. Equally impressive are Alnwick, Bamburgh, and Blanchland.

Castles— Lots of Castles

Another thing that sets Northumberland apart from the rest of the UK is its unusually high concentration of magnificent castles. Along the Heritage Coast alone, four castles can be found within just 20 miles which includes the Bamburgh fortress. Interestingly, you’ll also find Alnwick castles of the Harry Potter films fame, along with Lindisfarne in the region which too, are equally just as breathtaking.