Destination: Northumberland

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National Park area with bags of history including Hadrian's Wall

Northumberland

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Introducing Northumberland


Northumberland is probably most famous for Hadrian's Wall. Built by the Romans to keep out the Scots, and keep the English in, it is one of the Roman Empire's most impressive achievements. Northumberland also has a beautiful coastline and some remarkable islands. Inland the National Park has a remote wilderness quality that will immediately take you away from the hustle and bustle of modern Britain, and help you picture life in Roman times. A number of hill forts - old settlements enclosed within massive dry stone walls. These would have contained perhaps one or two extended families. They date to around 300 BC and some 50 examples lie within the National Park boundary.

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Region: North East England

Time to spend here: 1/2 - 2 days

More Information: www.visitnorthumberland.com

What's nearby? North East Enlgand!

What transport do you recommend? Visitors without transport are at a disadvantage. We advise those without a car to take a driver-guided tour.

Did you know? Berwick Upon Tweed was technically at war with Russia for 110 years until 1966 because it was independantely declared in 1856 and ommitted from the Paris Peace Treaty!

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Kielder Water and Forest Park

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Home to England's largest forest and Europe's largest man-made lake, Kielder Water & Forest Park is a place of pure tranquillity, yet also having a wide range of recreational activities at its disposal, such as walking, sailing, riding and fishing in and around the park.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Holy Island of Lindisfarne

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The Holy Island of Lindisfarne is connected to the mainland by a road at low tide, and becomes an island again for the rest of the time. Lindisfarne is internationally famous both for its medieval religious heritage and also its more recent picturesque 16th-century castle. Many are also attracted by the peace and tranquility which pervades the Island and the remote Northern conservation area, with more than its fair share of quiet beaches and unique natural history. Lindisfarne Priory is one of the holiest Anglo-Saxon sites in England. Originally home to the Lindisfarne Gospels, it was an important centre of early Christianity, and the home of St Cuthbert. You can enjoy the ornate carvings on the ruins of the monastic buildings and the peace and serenity that first drew the monks here in the 7th century.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Alnwick Castle

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The town of Alnwick is dominated by its impressive castle which began as a Norman mott and bailey castle only to be replaced by a stone castle in the 12th century. The castle is a favourite film location, notably doubling as Hogwarts School in the Harry Potter films.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Warkworth Castle

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South of Alnwick, the 14th-century Warkworth Castle was and remains one of the largest and most impressive fortresses in North East England.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Bamburgh Castle

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Further up the coast is Bambrugh Castle, one of the largest inhabited castles in Britain. This impressive and dramatic castle sits on the cliff tops by the sea and boasts beautiful views.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Farne Islands Boat Trip

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The Farne Islands sit just off the coast of Northumberland and boast possibly Britain's greatest sea bird colonies with over 23 species making their home here. The Islands are also home to over 37000 pairs of Puffin and over a thousand grey seal pups are born here each autumn. A boat trip around the islands is the best way to see it and get close and personal with the animals.
Time to spend here: 2.5 hours   More information

Belsay Hall and Gardens

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At Belsay Hall and Gardens you can first discover the grand medieval castle with stunning views from the top of the tower. On the same site, Belsay Hall is an architectural work of art inspired by the temples of ancient Greece, with its magnificent Pillar Hall. Finally, the vast grounds are crammed with a remarkable array of shrubs, flowers, ravines, pinnacles and exotic plants.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Hadrian's Wall

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Hadrian's Wall is a stone and timber fortification built by the Roman Empire across the width of what is now northern England. Begun in AD 122, during the rule of emperor Hadrian, it was the first of two fortifications built across Great Britain. The wall was the most heavily fortified border in the Empire and built to draw a line to mark the edge of the Roman Army's Empire. Housesteads Roman Fort is a great place to discover more about the Roman Empire history. You can wander the barrack blocks and the hospital, and visit its fascinating interactive museum.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

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