Northumberland is a country situated in the North East of England. The county borders Cumbria to the West, County Durham and Tyne and Wear to the south and the Scottish Borders to the north, making it the northernmost county of England. Northumberland hosts an impressive stretch of North Sea coastline and is also vast with rolling countryside within the protected moorland of Northumberland National Park. The area is also home to northern Europe’s largest man-made lake and forest Kielder Water and Forest Park. Kielder was awarded Gold Tier International Dark Sky status in 2013 as the incredibly clear sky makes the Milky Way visible with the naked eye. If you are a fan of coastal scenery, Northumberland is hard to beat as its coastal zone was deemed so stunning that it was designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty enabling its conservation. The area’s 40-mile coastal stretch boasts golden sandy beaches, rugged cliffs, rolling dunes and internationally admired wildlife. It’s protected wildlife and habitat sanctuaries include the National Trust Farne Islands, famed for its puffin and seal community. Go in land and take in the fresh air the county’s beautiful countryside, with top visitor attractions including the UK’s National Landscape Discovery Centre, The Sill.
What’s more, the landscape is steeped in rich history and is the site of Hadrian’s Wall, a Roman wonder that was awarded World Heritage status in 1987. Due to it situation on the Anglo-Scottish border, Northumberland has long been iconic for its historic heritage. It has been the site of some of the most prominent battles in British history and was once the largest kingdom in the British Isles, dubbed the Kingdom of Northumbria.
It’s no wonder the area is a popular tourist location in the United Kingdom! Some of the county’s visitor highlights include the medieval Alnwick Castle, where parts of the cult favourite Harry Potter films were shot, as well as The Holy Island of Lindisfarne and the area’s plethora of stately homes and gardens.
For those wishing to reside in the county, it’s a prime location for couples and families alike. It’s sparsely populated geography makes for a quiet retreat from crowded city life in neighbouring Tyne and Wear. The area is undeniably popular with buyers seeking this natural beauty and history. Many of the small towns and villages within Northumberland have an old market feel, with beautiful stone cottages and local shopping high streets.
Who can deny, Northumberland is undoubtedly one of Britain’s most well-loved county’s.