Places to visit in Northumberland
On the border of Scotland, Northumberland is a wild, unspoiled and remote county which holds the accolade of being the most unpolluted county in England, making it a fantastic place to cleanse the senses and go stargazing.
The sparse population and absence of urban development mean that it’s also one of the most beautiful places to visit in the UK and retains a feel of timelessness. Unearthly, rugged landscapes are punctuated by the occasional ancient castle perched on a rocky outcrop, a true feast for the eyes, while the endless empty beaches are just a bonus. We firmly believe that Northumberland is one of the most rewarding destinations in the UK but understand that you may not be overly familiar with the area due to its remoteness. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of the best places to visit in Northumberland to help you become more familiar.
Berwick-upon-Tweed is a charming town of cobbles, castles, beaches, and boat trips near the Anglo-Scottish border with a deep and conflict-filled history. This means that there are plenty of things to do in Berwick. Discover the history of the town by walking around the ruins, try water sports on the River Tweed, or relax on one of the sandy beaches. With a Haven location right next door to the town, visiting this lesser-known gem has never been easier.
Don’t leave Northumberland without visiting the magnificent 1,400-year-old Bamburgh Castle, perhaps the most iconic place to visit in the county. What’s more, the neighbouring village of Bamburgh is home to several attractions, including the Grace Darling Museum, the beautiful St Aidan's Church, a golf course, and many charming local shops as well as lovely places to eat. Bamburgh Beach and Budle Bay make for excellent exploration, as does the harbour.
Cut off from the rest of the world, Holy Island, or Lindisfarne, is a tidal island off the coast of Northumberland. With charming cafes a-plenty, an ancient priory, and a castle that perches on the coastline, expect to find plenty of things to keep you busy. Make sure to explore the historic Lindisfarne Priory and St. Mary’s Church, both important places associated with holy pilgrimages, and take a walk on the remote beaches of North Shore and Sandham Bay. It doesn’t get more idyllic than exploring this mysterious island.
Located just over the border from Northumberland in the border regions of Scotland, Eyemouth is a small fishing town with lots to enjoy. Explore the historic town centre, visit the Eyemouth Museum, walk along the harbour, or take a boat trip to see the local wildlife. The town is also known for its beaches, golf courses, and surfing opportunities. Additionally, there are several coastal walks in the area that offer stunning views of the coastline.
Seahouses is a popular destination for visitors who are looking for a traditional seaside holiday. You can enjoy a range of activities including exploring the beaches, going on boat trips, cycling, and walking. The village is known for its beautiful scenery, seafood restaurants, and charming shops, making it a great place to relax and enjoy a peaceful day out just down the coast from two of our excellent Haven holiday parks.
Northumberland National Park
Northumberland National Park, with its clear air and pristine waters, is home to some of the UK’s hidden gems. Guided walks, mountain biking, and even wild Cheviot Goat-spotting can all be experienced across this magical landscape.
Make sure to visit Hadrian’s Wall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which spans the park from east to west and visit some of the larger sites such as Chesters Roman fort or the remains of a 3rd-century Roman temple Bocolitia. The park also offers amazing stargazing opportunities with Europe’s largest area of protected night sky; it is without doubt, the best place in England to enjoy the wonders of the universe with the naked eye. Our recommended sites for stargazing are Stonehaugh, Cawfields, and Harbottle. While rambling in Northumberland National Park make sure you also keep an eye out for the wonderful fauna such as wild goats, roe deer, and the lesser-spotted red squirrel.
A beautiful town nestling on the banks of the River Wansbeck and one of the most scenic places to visit in Northumberland, Morpeth is not to be missed off your Northumberland itinerary. Meander along the riverside taking in the beautiful parklands and the views across to the town with scenic bridge crossing. Kids will enjoy the wonderful steppingstones that take you across from one side to the other.
Botanists will enjoy the William Turner Gardens and Millennium Gardens, both pleasant places to stop and enjoy the flowers and birdlife. The Chantry Bagpipe Museum is also well worth a visit as it gives you an interesting insight into the history of an instrument famous for its Scottish connection.