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Things to do in Northumberland

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Discover the best attractions and activities that Northumberland has to offer

Being one of the top tourist destinations in the UK, Northumberland has an array of attractions to visit and things to do throughout the year.

Whether you want to get close to nature, explore historic sites or relax on a beautiful sandy beach, there are a wealth of attractions and activities in Northumberland that all ages will enjoy. Take a boat trip around the Farne Islands admiring the abundance of wildlife from a different vantage point, especially birds such as puffins, guillemots and Arctic terns. Disembark at Inner Farne and visit the Church of St. Cuthbert, the Inner Farne Lighthouse and watch the Grey Seal colonies as they bask on the rocks.

If you are looking for something a bit more sheltered, there are plenty of heritage attractions in Northumberland to discover from historic castles to grand stately homes. Bamburgh and Alnwick Castles are two popular destinations, the latter of which is recognisable as being one of the sites used for Hogwarts in the Harry Potter film franchise.

A trip to Northumberland would not be complete without viewing the famous Roman fortification Hadrian’s Wall. Hike along the remains of the impressive structure, taking in the impressive views of the surrounding countryside as you go.

  • Alnwick Castle

    One of the UK’s most iconic castles and the family seat of the Duke of Northumberland, the medieval structure and its beautiful grounds are open to the public and offer a number of exhibitions and events over the year.

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  • Bamburgh Castle

    Once the home of the Anglo-Saxon Kings of Northumberland, Bamburgh Castle is now the family seat of the Armstrong family who open 14 of the rooms to the public and exhibit over 3,000 items of artwork, furniture, china and porcelain.

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  • Farne Islands

    Located just off the coast of Northumberland are the 15-20 islands that make up the wildlife haven that is the Farne Islands, visitors can take a ferry over to the main island and witness the many species that call this area home.

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  • Hadrian’s Wall

    A designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the UK’s most well-known landmarks, Hadrian’s Wall has been fascinating visitors for centuries and has even been a source of inspiration for a number of authors, including George R. R. Martin of Game of Thrones fame.

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  • Holy Island – Lindisfarne Castle & Priory

    A haven for wildlife and the site of the historic Lindisfarne Castle and Priory, Holy Island is a major tourist attraction, with many visiting to explore its wild coastal beauty and to discover its vibrant history.

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