10 reasons to visit Northumberland

  • By Walwick Hall
  • August 22, 2023
  • Explore Northumberland
  • Uncategorised

Northumberland is the ideal location for a getaway at any time of the year. As summer turns to autumn, it takes on a truly magical form and offers endless opportunities to make memories. Whether you are a history buff, an art aficionado or in search of a good old-fashioned adventure, our part of the world provides locations that you’ll undoubtedly fall in love with.

  1. Historical landmarks to discover

Hadrian’s Wall, an internationally-renowned landmark, runs through the Northumberland countryside, marking a course for adventurers to follow, offering an insight into Roman Britain as you go. Northumberland also boasts a selection of stately homes and museums, as Cragside offer history buffs the chance to step into the past.

2. Fascinating castles to visit 

From Alnwick Castle, famous for its appearance in the Harry Potter franchise, to those located on our magnificent coastline, Northumberland boasts a range of castles. Those passionate about history can enjoy a glimpse into the past with visits to Bamburgh, Lindisfarne and Dunstanburgh, while both Etal and Warkworth Castles allow you to walk down the corridors once occupied by royalty.

3. Captivating coastlines to explore

For those who enjoy feeling the sand between their toes, Northumberland boasts immaculate beaches that are perfect, whether you are looking for an adventure with your four-legged friend or wish to relax with the sound of calming waves. While Newbiggin-by-the-Sea offers the chance to discover wildlife and inner peace, Beadnell Bay is a thrill-seekers paradise, with its golden beaches the ideal location to try anything from kayaking to kite surfing.

4. Quaint villages and towns to see

When staying at our boutique country hotel, you are perfectly placed to visit award-winning market towns such as Hexham, while Corbridge offers a quaint day out. Further afield, Alnwick provides magical memories with its world-famous gardens and the recently-opened Lilliodorei. 

5. Stargazing adventures to experience

The National Park that encompasses Northumberland is home to the International Dark Sky Park at Kielder Observatory. The whole family can lie back and lose themselves in clear views of the night sky. 

6. Beautiful countryside to conquer

Home to The Cheviots and Harsehaw Linn, Northumberland offers a number amount of places that allow you to get away from the hustle and bustle of modern life and discover a new you.  

7. Wildlife to uncover

Northumberland houses a host of different kinds of wildlife. Keen-eyed visitors can spot seabirds, seals and even dolphins along our breathtaking coast, while Kielder Reservoir is a haven for red squirrels, ospreys and water voles. 

8. Locally-sourced cuisine to savour

Walwick Hall Hotel boasts 2 AA Rosette dining experiences as skilled chefs use ingredients sourced from our kitchen garden and unparalleled Northumbrian larder to create memorable dishes. 

9. Art and Culture to be inspired by

From galleries supporting local artists to playhouses offering vibrant shows and exhibitions, Northumberland is a cultural haven for all who visit which has inspired in years gone by the likes of Lowry, Turner and Shakespeare.

10. Gardens to admire

Whether you are willing to experience the magic that only Alnwick Gardens can provide or lose yourself in one of the largest collections of rhododendrons at Belsay Castle and Gardens, Northumberland provides an array of beautiful settings to spend the day in.

Whatever your passion may be, Northumberland offers each and every visitor something they cannot experience anywhere else, while our world away from the norm offers the perfect place to stay and explore all that is on offer.

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