Out and about

Places to visit in Northumberland

As the border county with Scotland, Northumberland has been the scene of many famous battles between the English and the Scots. Northumberland is truly beautiful – the wild coastline blending with the rugged landscape giving you an instant sense of the history and legends that surround this historic county. Despite not being a traditional seaside destination, Northumberland is a favourite for adventure-seekers, explorers, and anyone looking for something that offers a bit more than your typical family holiday. It's hardly surprising that over one million of us visit every year.

Lots to see and do

Our top picks

There are lots of fabulous places to visit, using Haven holiday parks as your base. From beautiful beaches and landscapes to places of interest like historical sites and nature trails, or attractions like theme parks and wildlife parks - there are choices to suit the whole family. Check out our top picks.
Chain Bridge Honey Farm

Attractions

Chain Bridge Honey Farm

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Come and learn all there is to know about beekeeping and get up close to a display of vintage machinery. The bees at Chain Bridge Honey Farm can produce up to 50 tonnes of honey in a good season, so be sure to take a jar home with you.

Address:

Chain Bridge Honey Farm, Horncliffe, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, TD15 2XT

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park: 6 miles from Berwick
10 miles from Haggerston Castle
Heatherslaw Light Railway

Attractions

Heatherslaw Light Railway

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Travel on our 15-inch gauge railway from Heatherslaw Station to Etal Castle on a return journey of 6.4km. The coaches are all fitted with roofs to keep the rain off, and offer a variety of fully enclosed, partly glazed, and fully open seating to suit all weather conditions.

Address:

Heatherslaw Light Railway, Ford Forge, Cornhill on Tweed, Northumberland, TD12 4TJ

Open dates: 25 March - 31 October
Distance from park: 13 miles from Berwick
Aerial view of Alnwick Castle

Places of interest

Alnwick Castle

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Discover Alnwick Castle, one of the largest inhabited castles in Europe and home to the Duke of Northumberland's family, the Percys, through over 700 years of drama, intrigue, tragedy, and romance. And more recently, Harry Potter was even filmed here!

Address:

Alnwick Castle, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 1NQ

Open dates: 31 March - 29 October
Distance from park:
30 miles from Berwick
23 miles from Haggerston Castle
See dramatic views from Bamburgh Castle

Places of interest

Bamburgh Castle

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Each year Bamburgh Castle thrills, enthrals, and captivates thousands of visitors from across the globe. The incredible history, dramatic views and treasure-trove collection of unique pieces tell the story of Bamburgh’s many reincarnations over the centuries. From an Anglo Saxon Royal palace to Victorian inventor and industrialist The First Lord Armstrong’s vision of a perfect castle.

Address:

Bamburgh Castle, Bamburgh, Northumberland, NE69 7DF

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park:
20 miles from Bewick
12 miles from Haggerston Castle
Holy Island

Places of interest

Holy Island

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Our delightful, unspoiled, historic island lies just off the extreme northeast corner of England near Berwick-upon-Tweed. The small population of just over 160 persons is swelled by the influx of over 650,000 visitors from all over the world every year.

Address:

Holy Island, Northumberland, TD15 2SH

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park:
14 miles from Berwick
6 miles from Haggerston Castle
Picturesque view of Spittal Beach

Beaches

Spittal Beach

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Spittal beach is mainly sand with shallow water at high tide and is popular for water sports, swimming and fishing. Stretch your legs on one of the many coastal walks and be sure to keep an eye out for seals and wading birds (and sometimes even dolphins!) along the way.

Address:

Spittal Beach, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, TD15 1SE

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park:
2 miles from Bewick
2 miles from Haggerston Castle
Farne Islands

Places of interest

Farne Islands

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Take a short boat trip to the Farne Islands and see the thousands of seabirds and puffins that call it home. Boats depart from Seahouses Harbour.

Address:

Seahouses Tourist Information Centre, Seafield Car Park, Seahouses, Northumberland, NE68 7SW

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park: 16 miles from Haggerston Castle
Etal Castle © David Clay (flickr)

Places of interest

Etal Castle

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Etal Castle was built around 1341. The castle was used for local feuding and also border wars between England and Scotland. There was a battle between the rival Manners and Heron families outside the walls in 1428, and in 1513 it was briefly captured by King James IV of Scotland during his invasion of England.

Address:

Etal Castle, Etal Village, Cornhill-on-Tweed, Northumberland, TD12 4TN

Open dates: 30 March-4 November
Distance from park:
12 miles from Bewick
12 miles from Haggerston Castle
Canon in front of Chillingham Castle

Places of interest

Chillingham Castle

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A medieval castle continuously owned by the family of the Earls Grey and their relations since the 12th century.

Address:

Chillingham Castle, Chillingham, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 5NJ

Open dates: 30 March-28 October
Distance from park:
24 miles from Bewick
17 miles from Haggerston Castle