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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.

INSPIRED PLACES TO STAY IN NORTHUMBERLAND

As canny as a kipper

Northumberland has some real booby dazzler places to stay. From family-friendly glamping deep in the countryside 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.

ALNWICK

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.

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BEADNELL

For vitamin sea: A cute and quiet cottage-apartment for 2

Ebba’s Neuk is a luxury one bed self-catered apartment minutes from the sea, tucked away in the small village of Beadnell.

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HEXHAM

Family-friendly pods with stunning views towards Hadrian's Wall

Two gorgeous glamping pods that are cosy inside and look out over the North Pennines.

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WARK

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.

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EPIC THINGS TO DO IN NORTHUMBERLAND

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.

WHY NOT TRY?

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.

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EAT & DRINK

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.

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INSPIRATION

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.

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WHY NOT TRY

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.

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TOP PLACES TO VISIT IN NORTHUMBERLAND

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.

EASY PEASY WEEKENDS

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.

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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.

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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!

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WORTH THE DETOUR

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

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