Northumberland is one of the top destinations in the UK and offers a lot of things to see and do for tourists.
Holiday In Northumberland
Below are some great things to do in Northumberland:
Explore The Coast, Nature & The Castles
Northumberland offers a wide range of attractions and activities, but taking a walk along one of the beaches is essential.
There are many very nice beaches close to the towns where people enjoy spending some time on.
As Northumberland is the driest county in the country there are often opportunities to relax by the beaches, go swimming, windsurfing, and even go horse back riding on 27 miles of shoreline!
There is plenty of wildlife and you can take boat trips to sea hundreds of grey seals basking on the rocks – Northumbria coast and country is also famous for its bird watching, and is sometimes referred to as ”a birder’s paradise”.
There are also quite a few castles in the area, all with their own charm and perfect pic nic destinations.
A beautiful castle ruin is Lindsfarne Priority on Holy Island, which are full of history from the Viking invasions and the monks who lived on the island, and you can stroll around the Monastic buildings where they used to live.
Just remember that the crossing to the island floods at high tide, so check the tide times before you go so you don’t get stuck over there!
One of the most famous castles however, is Alnwick Castle.
It’s one of the largest inhabited castles in England, and has dominated the town since medieval times.
It’s been featured in the Harry Potter movie, but the main reason why people visit is the Alnwick garden, which is somewhat of a floral wonderland.
To visit this place you don’t need to pack a picnic as the tree house restaurant (which is actually in the tree house) offers some really good food.
The garden is one of the best in the country offering a lot of things to see and do. You can visit the ”poisonous garden”, paddle in the rills, visit the serpent garden, a labyrinth etc.
Finally, to finish the holiday with some history, a visit to Northumberland wouldn’t be complete without checking out Hadrian’s Wall.
It was built by the Romans to protect their colony in England from the Scottish tribes.
The wall is 87 miles long, and today you can see the remains of some forts and ruins of bath houses and temples, and there are some great museums in the area, like Vindolanda.
Having The Proper British Experience
To really make the most out of your holiday and experience English culture to the fullest would be to stay in one of the traditional Northumberland cottages and always make time for some afternoon tea and traditional Brittish cuisine.
Pinnacles in Seahouses offers some of the best traditional fish and chips in the county, so that would be a perfect place to start!
The best place for your afternoon tea is at Earl Grey Tearoom at Howick Gardens, a traditional tea room which makes you feel like you’ve stepped back in time!
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