Top 5 Things to See & Do in Northumberland

25th May 2023

Jam-packed full of countless picturesque places to visit, unique activities to get involved in, incredible historic sites to discover, and beautiful beaches to walk along, Northumberland is one of the very best parts of the UK for a fun-filled staycation.

 

With so much to choose from, we've put together a guide of our top five recommendations of unforgettable ways to experience Northumberland, so you don't have to worry about missing out on anything...

 

1) The Holy Island of Lindisfarne

One on the most iconic sights of Northumberland is The Holy Island of Lindisfarne, where youll find the coastal Lindisfarne Castle, the ancient Lindisfarne Priory, pubs, cafés, and jaw-dropping views. At certain times of the day, the island is completely separated from the rest of the world due to the tide. Entering the secret world of the island is a magical experience, taking you to a place of worship, tranquillity, and breath-taking beauty, which was once the home of St Cuthbert, a Saint who allegedly held the power of spiritual healing.

2) Puffin Cruises on the Farne Islands

One of the most unique activities to get involved in during a trip to Northumberland is embarking on a puffin cruise to the Farne Islands. This enchanting group of islands are located just off the Northumberland coast, and around 150,000 seabirds land there every year, including a whopping 43,000 pairs of puffins! Birds aren't the only wildlife to be found on the islands - dolphins and grey seals are easy to spot too. Get up close and personal with our feathered friends by booking a cruise trip with Serenity Farne Islands Boat TripsBilly Shiel's Boat Trips, or Golden Gate Farne Island Boat Trips - all recommended by the National Trust.

3) Hadrian's Wall

Hadrian's Wall is one of the UK's most remarkable landmarks, featuring fascinating sites, temples, Roman bath houses, and a 73-mile stone wall which dips and dives across the country. Spanning a stunning part of Northumberland's countryside, the striking feat of engineering by the Roman Empire inspired the hit book series and TV show Game of Thrones.

Scattered along the length of the wall are Roman Forts, excavation sites, ancient temples and Bath Houses that sit before a backdrop of sweeping National Park landscapes, blazing sunsets, and rugged hills. There are many ways visitors can explore the wall, including by foot or bike. During the summer, you can even watch live excavations take place at Vindolanda, where 5th Century gaming boards, jewellery and other pieces are revealed by skilled archaeologists.

 

4) Alnmouth Beach

Looking for the perfect beach day in Northumberland? Alnmouth Beach is a wide, sandy bay situated just in front of the beautiful village of Alnmouth, perfect for building sandcastles, galloping along the shoreline on horseback, and enjoying the glorious summer sun in peace and harmony (the beach is seldom busy). Backed by a vast expanse of dunes, a wealth of birds and wildlife can be spotted here. The scenery certainly won't disappoint, as the beach is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

5) Bamburgh Castle

One of the best ways to experience Northumberland's rich heritage is a visit to Bamburgh Castle, England's finest coastal fortress. Visitors will walk through over 1,400 years of history at the towering structure which stands guard 150 feet above the spectacular Northumberland coastline. Breathe in the fresh coastal air and soak up the sweeping views towards the Farne IslandsHoly Island, and Bamburgh village, from this extraordinary viewpoint, and inside the castle you can experience treasure-filled staterooms and the castle's centrepiece, The King's Hall.

 

Fabulous Northumbrian Getaways with Village Farm Cottages

Situated within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on Northumberland's unspoilt coast, Village Farm Cottages is set across two farms where guests can enjoy a tranquil getaway in a glorious rural location. With a variety of different cottages, lodges, and chalets to choose from, Village Farm Cottages is the ideal base for exploring the best Northumberland has to offer.

With a great range of on-site activities, you can unwind with luxurious spa treatments, take a dip in our swimming pool, play a game of table tennis in our games room or real-life tennis on our all-weather court, or kick a ball around on our luscious games field. Book your Northumbrian stay at Village Farm Cottages today!