Attractions

Top Choice Castle in Alnwick

Alnwick Castle

Set in parklands designed by Lancelot 'Capability' Brown, the imposing ancestral home of the duke of Northumberland has changed little since the 14th century. It's a favourite set for film-makers and starred as Hogw…
Top Choice Historic Site in Berwick-upon-Tweed

Berwick Walls

You can walk almost the entire length of Berwick's hefty Elizabethan walls, begun in 1558 to reinforce an earlier set built during the reign of Edward II. The mile-long walk is a must, with wonderful, wide-open view…
Castle in Bamburgh

Bamburgh Castle

Northumberland's most dramatic castle was built around a powerful 11th-century Norman keep by Henry II. The castle played a key role in the border wars of the 13th and 14th centuries, and in 1464 was the first Engli…
Wildlife Reserve in Northumberland Coast

Farne Islands

During breeding season (roughly May to July), you can see feeding chicks of 20 seabird species (including puffin, kittiwake, Arctic tern, eider duck, cormorant and gull), and some 6000 grey seals, on this rocky arch…
Gardens in Alnwick

Alnwick Garden

This 4.8-hectare walled garden incorporates a series of magnificent green spaces surrounding the breathtaking Grand Cascade – 120 separate jets spurting some 30,000L of water down 21 weirs. Half a dozen other garden…
Museum in Bamburgh

RNLI Grace Darling Museum

Born in Bamburgh, Grace Darling was the lighthouse keeper's daughter on Outer Farne who rowed out to the grounded, flailing SS Forfarshire in 1838 and saved its crew in the middle of a dreadful storm. This refurbish…
Castle in Craster

Dunstanburgh Castle

The dramatic 1.5-mile walk along the coast from Craster (not accessible by car) is the most scenic path to this moody, weather-beaten castle. Its construction began in 1314 and it was strengthened during the Wars of…
Ruins in Holy Island (Lindisfarne)

Lindisfarne Priory

The skeletal, red and grey ruins of the priory are an eerie sight and give a glimpse into the isolated life of the Lindisfarne monks. The later 13th-century St Mary the Virgin Church is built on the site of the firs…
Castle in Northumberland Coast

Warkworth Castle

Looking like the ultimate sandcastle you'd see at the beach, this honey-stone edifice atop a hillock was built around 1200. From the 14th to 17th centuries it was home to the Percy family (whose descendants still li…
Chapel in Northumberland Coast

Warworth Hermitage

Half-a-mile's walk west of Warkworth Castle (no car access), this tiny, magical 14th-century chapel is carved into the rock on the northern bank of the River Coquet. It's accessed by a short boat ride (included in a…