Northumberland contains some of the most beautiful coastlines in the United Kingdom. In fact, it is officially designated as an area of natural outstanding beauty, and it attracts many thousands of tourists from around the world every year. When you come to Northumberland, you can expect to take a trip down a historical memory lane and transport yourself back to the medieval era when you visit many of the castles in the area. There are many more things to do, and here is a list of our personal favourites.
1 – Alnwick Castle
Pronounced ‘Annick,’ Alnwick Castle is probably one of the most famous castles in the world, perhaps not for its name, but definitely for its appearance. The Castle was the real life inspiration for Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the Harry Potter franchise of movies. The castle is huge, rambling and well kept, as well as still being inhabited by the Duke of Northumberland. When you come to Northumberland, this castle is a must see, especially for the Harry Potter fans.
2 – Hadrian’s Wall
One of the most famous UNESCO World Heritage sites, Hadrian’s Wall is among the most popular landmarks within England. Although much of the original wall is now in ruins, there are parts of it which remain partially intact and one of the best-preserved parts of the Roman Empire. You can visit the parts that lie inside Northumberland and see some of the excavation areas where archaeologists still work.
3 – Fishing, Walking and Hiking
You don’t necessarily need to visit a specific place in Northumberland to have a great day. The North East of England has some of the wildest and most unspoilt countryside in the whole country. The area is crisscrossed with well-marked cycle trails, long distance walks and secluded fishing locations. If you are an outdoor enthusiast, you are guaranteed to find plenty of activities to occupy your days and leave you inspired and refreshed. Have a great time!