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Destination: Northumberland Tours

National Park area with bags of history including Hadrian's Wall
Region: North East England
Pronounced: north-umber-land
Time to spend here: 1/2 - 2 days
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Northumberland, North East England

Northumberland is probably most famous for Hadrian’s Wall. Built by the Romans to keep out the Scots, and keep the English in, it is one of the Roman Empire’s most impressive achievements.

Northumberland also has a beautiful coastline and some remarkable islands. Inland the National Park has a remote wilderness quality that will immediately take you away from the hustle and bustle of modern Britain, and help you picture life in Roman times.  A number of hill forts - old settlements enclosed within massive dry stone walls. These would have contained perhaps one or two extended families. They date to around 300 BC and some 50 examples lie within the National Park boundary.

Local Activities
Kielder Water and Forest Park
Kielder Water, Northumberland
KielderKielder Water & Forest Park is a place of pure tranquillity, yet also having a wide range of recreational activities at its disposal, such as walking, sailing, riding and fishing in and around the park.
Holy Island (Lindisfarne)
Lindisfarne, Northumberland
KielderHoly Island (Lindisfarne) is connected to the mainland by a road at low tide, and becomes an island again for the rest of the time. Lindisfarne is internationally famous both for its medieval religious heritage and also its more recent picturesque 16th century castle. Many are also attracted by the peace and tranquillity which pervades the Island and the remote Northern conservation area, with more than its fair share of quiet beaches and unique natural history. Lindisfarne Priory is one of the holiest Anglo-Saxon sites in England.  Originally home to the Lindisfarne Gospels, it was an important centre of early Christianity, and the home of St Cuthbert. You can enjoy the ornate carvings on the ruins of the monastic buildings and the peace and serenity that first drew the monks here in the 7th century.
Alnwick Castle
Alnwick Castle, Northumberland
KielderAlnwick is dominated by its impressive castle which began as a Norman mott and bailey castle only to be replaced by a stone castle in the 12th century. The castle is a favourite film location, notably doubling as Hogwarts school in the recent Harry Potter films.
Warkworth Castle
Warkworth Castle, Northumberland
KielderSouth of Alnwick, Warkworth Castle was and remains one of the largest and most impressive fortresses in North East England.(English Heritage)
Dunstanburgh Castle
York Minster, York
KielderJust north of Alnwick is Dunstanburgh Castle (English Heritage) stands on a remote headland and although now largely a ruin, was one of the grandest castles in the north of England at one time. Further up the coast is Bambrough Castle, one of the largest inhabited castles in Britain.
Bamburgh Castle
Bambrough Castle, Northumberland
KielderFurther up the coast is Bambrugh Castle, one of the largest inhabited castles in Britain. This impressive castle sits on the cliff tops by the sea and boasts beautiful views as well as an impressive tour.
Farne Islands
Farne Islands, Northumberland
KielderThe Farne Islands sit just off the coast of Northumberland and boasts possibly Britain's greatest sea bird colonies with over 23 species making their home here. The Islands are also home to over 37000 pairs of Puffin and over 1000 grey seal pups are born here each autumn. A boat trip around the islands are the best way to see it but we can also arrange to visit the island's visitor centre and walk along the board walks to get up close and personal with the animals. (National Trust)
Belsay Hall and Gardens
Belsay Hall and Gardens
KielderAt Belsay Hall and Gardens you can first discover the grand medieval castle with stunning views from the top of the tower. On the same site, Belsay Hall is an architectural work of art inspired by the temples of ancient Greece, with its magnificent Pillar Hall. Finally the vast grounds are crammed with a remarkable array of shrubs, flowers, ravines, pinnacles and exotic plants.
What can I see in the area?
Hadrian's Wall
Hadrian's Wall
KielderHadrian's Wall is a stone and timber fortification built by the Roman Empire across the width of what is now northern England. Begun in AD 122, during the rule of emperor Hadrian, it was the first of two fortifications built across Great Britain. The wall was the most heavily fortified border in the Empire and built to draw a line to mark the edge of the Roman Army's Empire. The Wall runs from the edge of the Lake district through to Newcastle and can be walked, cycled and even bussed down. History lovers will not want to miss this, the UNESCO site and most important Roman remains in Britain. We can arrange for visitors to visit one or more of the forts and sites along the wall or walk for a stretch. (English Heritage)
Multi-attraction Passes Recommended for this destination:
English Heritage Pass

English Heritage pass
National Trust Pass

National Trust Pass
Hudson Heritage Explorer Pass

Hudson Heritage Explorer Pass
This is a great base for exploring:
North East Enlgand!
Transport options in this area: Visitors without transport are at a disadvantage. We advise those without a car to take a driver-guided tour.
Did you know:
Berwick Upon Tweed was technically at war with Russia for 110 years until 1966 because it was independantely declared in 1856 and ommitted from the Paris Peace Treaty!
From the region:
Saint Hilda
Jack and Bobby Charlton
(English football legends)
Edinburgh Edinburgh Newcastle Newcastle
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