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Top things to do in Northumberland



There are many wonderful things to do in Northumberland, and there really is something for everyone! Whether you want to escape to the countryside or immerse yourself within arts and culture, Northumberland has it all! So we have created our top activities within Northumberland. Take a look below at our top picks.



Alnwick castle/gardens


Famous for the filming of Harry Potter, Downton Abbey and many more great films/tv programmes. It attracts people from all around the country. There is plenty to do, Alnwick gardens are a beautiful place to go and relax. If you are feeling a little hungry, head down to The Joiners Arm, part of our sister group, only a 15 minute drive, a great friendly, country pub.


Sycamore gap


The sycamore gap is a must see point of interest within Northumberland. It is a spectacular tree placed along the Hadrian’s Wall. It is such a point of interest due to the two hills either side of it, making it such a feature. It has also featured in many films, with the most famous being Robin Hood.


Cragside house (Barefoot walk) 


This great Victorian house overlooks the Debdon valley, which is surrounded by rocks and wood. The garden is being restored by the National Trust, with its beautiful picturesque landscape, it is definitely a place to go and see.


Why not be a little adventurous and go on the barefoot walk. This is within the grounds, where you can go on an adventure walk. The catch? You have to take your shoes off! Walk through the mud, over the pebbles to reach the final destination. This is a great activity to do with the kids!


Holy Island of Lindisfarne


Make sure you check the causeway before you go. It is only open if the tide is low. Lying just a few miles off the Northumberland coast, it is both an island and a picturesque village.

Why not take a trip to the Lindisfarne priory and castle where you can take a step back in time and learn about the wonderful Northumberland history. Here are the tide times to ensure it is safe for you to cross.


Kielder Water and Forest Park


Kielder Forest is the largest man-made woodland in England. It also has the biggest man-made lake in Northern Europe. With sailing, water skiing, mountain biking and cycle hire facilities there are plenty of activities to get involved in. Or if you fancy more relaxed visit, you can have a meal at the onsite pub or unwind in the sauna and indoor heated pool.


Home to the largest remaining population of red squirrels in England, this reserve is also the most important one in the country. You can spot these rare animals scurrying around the waterside and castle grounds.


Kielder observatory is located in the heart of Northumberland International Dark Sky Park. With clear skies and panoramic views, visitors can experience meteor showers and celestial events.


Bamburgh Castle


This stunning castle spans across nine acres of land on the coastline of Bamburgh. Once home to the kings of Northumberland, the castle is now one of the largest inhabited castles in England. Over 1400 years old, this beautiful architecture is sure to take you back in time. With its tales of dragons and ghosts, the castle can live out your greatest fantasies. It has also played an important role in living out fantasies for a range of blockbusters including Macbeth, Transformers 5 and The BFG.


Bamburgh Castle is a great day out for the family. With more than 2000 artefacts and 14 public rooms, there is lots to explore. In the summer period, archeologists that work on the site even allow you to dig deep and see what you can find!