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Northumberland is a region that has so much to offer visitors. The northernmost county in England has a diverse landscape featuring mountainous peaks and flat plains, making it an exciting location to get outside and explore. Its rich history of battles and settlements makes it a must for those looking to discover England’s heritage. Plus, there’s plenty of activities and events in Northumberland throughout the year. Make Northumberland your next UK holiday destination and find out more below.

Things to do in Northumberland

Walk along Hadrian’s Wall

Walk along Hadrian’s Wall

One of Britain’s most iconic heritage landmarks, the Roman built Hadrian’s Wall totals a staggering 84 miles from the East to the West coast of the UK. The wall passes through the beautiful Northumberland landscape and makes the perfect challenge for those who enjoy walking on their holidays. Whether you choose to walk a section of the great wall or the whole 84 miles, it’s definitely worth the visit.

Newcastle

Visit Newcastle

The city of Newcastle is one of the UK’s biggest and most vibrant cities. It’s a popular destination for shoppers with a vast number of fashion outlets and shopping centres. With a wide range of restaurants and entertainment also on offer, it’s the perfect destination for you and the family to have some fun! The iconic Tyne Bridge is a must see and football fans cannot miss St James’ Park, home to Newcastle United Football Club.

Northumberland National Park

Explore Northumberland National Park

Northumberland National Park covers over a quarter of the county of Northumberland and features beautiful scenery to wander and explore. With 700 miles of walking paths and trails, it’s a popular destination for walkers, cyclists and photographers. Love to look up at the night’s sky? Northumberland National Park is a must visit with its unique official dark sky status. Take in the constellations, shooting stars and Milky Way, plus on lucky occasions you may just witness the Northern Lights.

Kielder Water & Forest Park

Discover the delights of Kielder Water & Forest Park

Deep in the heart of Northumberland National Park lies Kielder Water & Forest Park, home to the biggest man-made lake in Northern Europe and England’s largest forest. An abundance of wildlife reside in the area, making it a great location to go wildlife or bird watching. By night, take a visit to the Kielder Observatory and explore our solar system in detail. A destination for all the family to enjoy!

Places to visit in Northumberland

Alnwick Castle

Alnwick Castle

As featured in Harry Potter, Downton Abbey and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, the beautiful Alnwick Castle has been a popular location for film and TV in previous years, but it’s also a great day out for the whole family to enjoy with lots of events and activities taking place throughout the year.

The Carter Bar on the border of England and Scotland

Carter Bar – the border between England and Scotland

Located on the A68, Carter Bar is the most picturesque border crossing point between England and Scotland. Located on the top of the Cheviot Hills, this is a popular stopping point for travellers and tourists to take pictures overlooking the Scottish Borders.

Derwent Reservoir

Derwent Reservoir

If you’re one to get out and enjoy the open air, then Derwent Reservoir is a great place to do that. One of the UK’s largest inland waters, Derwent Reservoir is a wonderful location to walk, cycle and watch the wildlife. The views overlooking the reservoir are incredible with lots of picnic spots.

Simonside Hills

Simonside Hills

A popular location for hikers, Simonside Hills offer 360 degree views overlooking the Cheviot Hills to the Eastern coastline. Wildlife is in abundance with red grouse, wild goats and curlew known to roam the hills. Sharpe’s Folly, Simonside Ridge and Lion-faced rocks are a few of the must-see spots located in the hills.

Housesteads Roman Fort

Housesteads Roman Fort

Located at a peak point on Hadrian’s Wall, a UNESCO World Heritage site, Housesteads Roman Fort is the archaeological remains of an important Roman settlement. Discover the different chambers and rooms of the fort and travel back in time at the on-site museum and visitor centre to learn what life was like back when the fort was operational.

Hareshaw Linn Walk

Hareshaw Linn Walk

Starting in the village of Bellingham, this 3 mile walk ends with an amazing waterfall spectacle. It’s also a site of special scientific interest (SSSI) with rare wildlife and plants in the area. We recommend visiting a local convenience store in Bellingham, buying food and drink supplies before stopping on your walk at a perfect picnic spot.

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