Guide To Holidaying In Northumberland
A guide by Julia Buckley
Northumberland offers wide open spaces, long beaches, grand castles, silent forests and charming market towns once inhabited by Roman legionaries. The present peaceful nature of the region now overpowers what was once a turbulent past. No where else in the UK will you find more castles, some which are still lived in, such as the Alnwich Castle; familiar as Harry Potter's Hogwarts School in the popular films. Alnwick castle has been home of the Percys, Earls and Dukes of Northumberland since 1309. This castle also happens to be the second largest inhabited castle in England. And since it is a beautiful medieval castle, you find people travel from all over the world to see it! Not only does it hold many memorable scenes from Harry Potter, there is also so much else to see and do due to it's impressive architecture, sumptuous state room, exhibitions, fine art treasures, stunning landscape, great kids activities, special events, places to eat and shops to indulge in.
Go and see the romantic ruins, much of Hadrian's Wall still stands and its route is now a World Heritage Site and National Trail.
Walkers and picnickers can enjoy Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty such as the North Pennines, the Northumberland Coast and the rolling hills in Cheviot Hills in Northumberland National Park.
Ford and Etal are delightful villages linked by a miniature railway, while Blanchland is one of England's oldest and prettiest villages. Hexham has a lively market and Corbridge is a must for unique gifts. Morpeth has a bagpipe museum and wonderful views of the coastline from Berwick's magnificent Elizabethan walls.
Holy Island is cut off by the tide twice a day and at its Heritage Centre you can 'turn the pages' of the Lindisfarne Gospels on the computer. Puffin and seal spotting around the Farne Islands on a boat trip from Amble or Seahouses, or escape to the coastal retreats of Beadnell, Alnmouth and Druridge Bay. While your there, don't forget to try the fresh crab sandwich!
Chillingham Castle is another stunning example of an ancient castle, with beautiful grounds and views. The dungeons and torture chambers are a very popular attraction for all ages.
The Roman Army Museum is located next to Hadrian's Wall, and the museum touches on the lives of the Roman Soldiers with exhibits, displays and demonstrations.
Northumberland is a truly remarkable place, whether you are there for the weekend of two weeks your days are sure to be filled with beautiful scenery, interesting facts and peaceful walks or cycling around this area!
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