England Weekend Breaks in Northumberland

Wild & Rugged

Weekend Breaks in Northumberland

Wild and rugged, with more castles than any other county and over 30 miles of golden beaches. Welcome to Northumberland, friends - where the weekends come warm with Northern soul.

Why weekend in Northumberland?

It has a giant's heart

Magnificent, muscular Northumberland – a beautiful county in the North East of England that has the heart of a giant and the soul of a saint, where you feel welcome from the moment you arrive.

Romans, Vikings, Normans and Early Christians all left their stamp on the county; and their presence can be felt in the treasures that scatter it from north to south.

From the much-loved Hadrian’s Wall (an 84-mile long wall built by the Romans in 122 AD) and Lindisfarne Priory (where the Lindisfarne Gospels were created in the 8th century), to Alnwick Castle, one of the best preserved medieval castles in the region.

Alongside Northumberland’s historical gems, is the beauty of the land itself – known as God’s Own Country. Turn to the coast for offshore islands teeming with seabirds, beaches rolling on for (seemingly) ever, and castles clinging to rocky outcrops.

Head inland and the wooded dells and wild uplands of Northumberland National Park and Kiedler Water await – alongside the UK’s largest Dark Sky Park. And set within this wild, rugged landscape are historic market towns and quiet fishing communities that thrum happily all year long – ready to welcome you with open arms.

Where is Northumberland?


As canny as a kipper

Northumberland has some real booby dazzler places to stay. From family-friendly glamping deep in the countryside, cosy cottages and unique town-centre hotels, guesthouses and B&Bs, to coastal apartments and self-catering hideaways. There’s sure to be a canny spot, just for you. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

From £110pn
Dog-friendly Adventures

Adventure Calls: Land Rover Defender Camping in Northumberland

Don’t just see Northumberland, be part of it all, with a Land Rover Defender camping experience that puts the wilderness in your heart.

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From £135pn
Pretty & Historic

In Love with Lilac: Cosy and Colourful Holiday Cottage Morpeth

Lilac Cottage is a super-sweet holiday cottage in Morpeth, full of springtime personality and thoughtful touches. Sleeps 4. Dog Friendly. From £135pn.

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3 nights, From £250
Near The Sea

Cute and cosy cottage-apartment in Beadnell, Northumberland

🛌  Sleeps 2 | 🌊  1 Mile from the Beach | 😉  Quiet & Cosy  Ebba’s Neuk is managed by Cottages.com Looking for a cosy retreat for 2 near the Northumberland coastline? Ebba’s Neuk cottage-apartment in Beadnell is ready and waiting to be the perfect place to rest your head…

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Harry Potter inspired pub with rooms for muggles, big and small

Named after the famous Harry Potter tavern, The Hog’s Head Inn is just minutes away from Alnwick Castle.



Get set for a star-studded stay at 18th-century Battlesteads Hotel

Set under the starry skies of the Dark Sky Park in Wark, Battlesteads Hotel is a sweet spot for a star-gazing stay.



Some proper beltas

Castles and coast, starry skies and sealife, tasty local treats and tipples, Northumberland has epic experiences around every rugged corner. So whether you’re after a weekend of outdoor adventure or inside chill time, there are activities and attractions to suit your mood. These are some of our favourites to add to My Weekends.


Seal and puffin watching on a boat trip to the Farne Islands

Set sail to see puffins, seals and dolphins on one of these wonderful Farne Island boat trips.



The best Northumberland pubs for thirsty lads & lasses

Make a beeline for these 7 pubs - tried & tested by us - that serve up delicious scran and ale.



Fit for a princess: 10 castles you must visit in Northumberland

From the grand and the imposing to the weathered and forsaken, here are 10 Northumberland castles to visit time and again.



Treasure hunting at the UK's finest second-hand book shop

You can't weekend in Northumberland without a trip to the fabulous Barter Books in Alnwick. It's a bibliomaniac's heaven.



Weekend Guides & Itineraries

Whether you’re passing through or set in Northumberland for a weekend or midweeker, let us help you sink beyond the county’s surface with our top Northumberland guides and itineraries (all put together from personal experience). If your chosen Northumberland village or town guide isn’t featured yet,  don’t worry. We update content all the time, so sign up for The Weekend Edit to be the first to hear about new guides.


Visiting Holy Island - heaven on earth

Discover why this mysterious tidal island, connected to England by a causeway and 1 mile off Northumberland’s coast, is sublime.



Castles, coast and coffee: Top things to do in Bamburgh

The beautiful village of Bamburgh has a neat bundle of experiences waiting to capture your heart. Here are our favs.



Spellbinding Alnwick Castle for Harry Potter Fans

If you love Harry Potter, Alnwick Castle is just magic. Especially if you want to fly a broomstick!



Northumberland towns and villages you’d be bonkers to miss

Northumberland has a pretty string of towns and villages ranging in size and hustle and bustle! Some cling to the coast, others are sit in sweeping inland valleys inland – but all come with a warm Northumberland welcome that make you feel immediately at home.

If you like the quieter side of life, then these places have your name on. Head to Beadnell for watersports or peaceful walks along its beach. Head to Craster for its world famous smoked kippers (popular with the Royal Family). Head to Low-Newton-by-the-Sea for its cute fisherman’s cottages and great pub, The Ship Inn. And head to Lindisfarne for its natural beauty and history.

For a bit more buzz, don’t miss these lively spots: Bamburgh is a year-round draw thanks to its castle and beach. Detour to Seahouses for fish and chips and wildlife trips from the harbour. Take a walk around the cobbled streets of Alnwick. And try also the historic border town of Berwick-Upon-Tweed (marking the end of England and the start of Scotland).




The Jolly Fisherman, Northumberland pub in Craster fishing nets


The best time to visit Northumberland 

Spring: Northumberland is a haven for walkers and cyclists and spring can be the perfect time to immerse yourself in the stunning National Park before the tourist season begins in earnest. Try the Breamish Valley Hillfort trail for some stunning hilltop views.

Northumberland’s coastline is an official Area Of Natural Beauty and the summer months are perfect for making the most of all 30 miles of it. Head to Alnmouth Beach for a spot of surfing or, if you have the family in tow, make for Seahouses.

Autumn: As well as fabulous landscapes and beaches, Northumberland is laden with enchanting castles that make for perfect autumnal days out. From crisp walks in stunning grounds to sheltering from the chill in grand halls, pay a visit before they close for the winter season.

Winter: With its abundance of super cosy cottages and foodie pubs and bars to investigate, Northumberland is an ideal escape when the chill sets in. If you do fancy setting foot outside, make the most of the short days with a spot of stargazing at the Dark Sky Park.


Getting to Northumberland 

Distance from London: Located close to the Scottish border, Northumberland is just over 300 miles from London.

Nearest airport: Newcastle

By rail: LNER runs trains from London King’s Cross to Berwick-upon-Tweed and there are connecting stations across the county.

By bus: National Express provides a regular service from London Victoria Coach Stations and Golders Green to and Berwick-upon-Tweed and Alnwick which takes between eight and nine hours.

By road: The A1 leads to Northumberland from both the north and the south of the UK and the journey time by road from London is around six hours.

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