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A modern day pilgrimage to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne

Skim over the sands and causeway to Holy Island and prepare to enter another world where a wealth of history and stunning views await.

Lindisfarne Castle

Lindisfarne Castle (Northumberland County Council)

Ransacked by marauding Viking raiders in the 8th Century and the epicentre of Christianity in Anglo Saxon times, the now serene setting of Lindisfarne Priory was once the home of St Cuthbert and the birthplace of the Lindisfarne Gospels. Rising from the sheer rock face at the tip of the island is Lindisfarne Castle. Built to defend a harbour sheltering English ships during skirmishes with Scotland, the idyllic location of the Castle has intrigued and inspired for centuries.  The renovation by celebrated architect Edwin Lutyens both hides and emphasises the old fort which overlooks Gertrude Jekyll's enchanting walled garden and the unexpected grandeur of the Lime Kilns, an imposing reminder of Lindisfarne's industrial past.

Celebrate Berwick’s 900 years of turbulent history

Discover Berwick’s tempestuous 900 year history, changing hands between England and Scotland 13 times before settling on the English side. 

Lindisfarne Castle

Berwick Royal Border Bridge (Graeme Peacock)

Berwick-upon-Tweed is England’s most northerly town with a thrilling military history.  Walk along Berwick’s great Elizabethan Walls, which were built to keep invading Scots from entering the town, taking in spectacular views across the River Tweed Estuary.  With bastions, buttresses and even a Russian canon, the dramatic history of Berwick comes alive as you walk these imposing walls.

Spanning the River Tweed the Royal Border Bridge was built by Robert Stevenson and hailed as one of the finest bridges of its kind. In the evening enjoy the stunning sight of the bridge illuminated by changing coloured lights.  Follow in the footsteps of the great ‘matchstick men’ painter and discover some of Berwick’s hidden gems along the Lowry Trail.  Dig deeper into fascinating military history at the Berwick Barracks (open from 30 March 2015); Britain's oldest purpose built barracks and home to no less than three museums.  Inside you'll find permanent exhibitions and display marking the town's lively military history, with collections of uniforms, medals, weapons and documents. 

Throughout 2015 Berwick-upon-Tweed will celebrate its 900th anniversary with an exciting programme fo events and activities.

Get Outdoors and Discover Northumberland’s Rock Art

Rock Art at Lordenshaw

Rock Art at Lordenshaw (Gail Johnson)

Lace up your hiking boots, wrap up warm and set out to discover Northumberland’s fascinating gallery of mysterious rock art.

Shrouded in mystery, the 4,500 year old Duddo Standing Stones are a strange and beguiling Neolithic monument. Located two miles north of Etal, near to Duddo, these 5 Neolithic stones are a sight to behold.  Steeped in legend and myths, the great sweep of the Simonside Hills just above Rothbury in the Northumberland National Park, is studded with burial grounds, Bronze Age Cairns and an Iron Age Fort; experts believe Simonside was a sacred place to our ancestors.   Mysterious prehistoric cup-and-ring carvings some 5,000 years old are etched into huge slabs of rock at Lordenshaw. Varying from simple circular hollows to complex intertwining patterns these carvings are often found at eye-popping elevated locations.

 

 

A modern day pilgrimage to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne

Skim over the sands and causeway to Holy Island and prepare to enter another world where a wealth of history and stunning views await.

Lindisfarne Castle

Lindisfarne Castle (Northumberland County Council)

Ransacked by marauding Viking raiders in the 8th Century and the epicentre of Christianity in Anglo Saxon times, the now serene setting of Lindisfarne Priory was once the home of St Cuthbert and the birthplace of the Lindisfarne Gospels. Rising from the sheer rock face at the tip of the island is Lindisfarne Castle. Built to defend a harbour sheltering English ships during skirmishes with Scotland, the idyllic location of the Castle has intrigued and inspired for centuries.  The renovation by celebrated architect Edwin Lutyens both hides and emphasises the old fort which overlooks Gertrude Jekyll's enchanting walled garden and the unexpected grandeur of the Lime Kilns, an imposing reminder of Lindisfarne's industrial past.

Celebrate Berwick’s 900 years of turbulent history

Discover Berwick’s tempestuous 900 year history, changing hands between England and Scotland 13 times before settling on the English side. 

Lindisfarne Castle

Berwick Royal Border Bridge (Graeme Peacock)

Berwick-upon-Tweed is England’s most northerly town with a thrilling military history.  Walk along Berwick’s great Elizabethan Walls, which were built to keep invading Scots from entering the town, taking in spectacular views across the River Tweed Estuary.  With bastions, buttresses and even a Russian canon, the dramatic history of Berwick comes alive as you walk these imposing walls.

Spanning the River Tweed the Royal Border Bridge was built by Robert Stevenson and hailed as one of the finest bridges of its kind. In the evening enjoy the stunning sight of the bridge illuminated by changing coloured lights.  Follow in the footsteps of the great ‘matchstick men’ painter and discover some of Berwick’s hidden gems along the Lowry Trail.  Dig deeper into fascinating military history at the Berwick Barracks (open from 30 March 2015); Britain's oldest purpose built barracks and home to no less than three museums.  Inside you'll find permanent exhibitions and display marking the town's lively military history, with collections of uniforms, medals, weapons and documents. 

Throughout 2015 Berwick-upon-Tweed will celebrate its 900th anniversary with an exciting programme fo events and activities.

Get Outdoors and Discover Northumberland’s Rock Art

Rock Art at Lordenshaw

Rock Art at Lordenshaw (Gail Johnson)

Lace up your hiking boots, wrap up warm and set out to discover Northumberland’s fascinating gallery of mysterious rock art.

Shrouded in mystery, the 4,500 year old Duddo Standing Stones are a strange and beguiling Neolithic monument. Located two miles north of Etal, near to Duddo, these 5 Neolithic stones are a sight to behold.  Steeped in legend and myths, the great sweep of the Simonside Hills just above Rothbury in the Northumberland National Park, is studded with burial grounds, Bronze Age Cairns and an Iron Age Fort; experts believe Simonside was a sacred place to our ancestors.   Mysterious prehistoric cup-and-ring carvings some 5,000 years old are etched into huge slabs of rock at Lordenshaw. Varying from simple circular hollows to complex intertwining patterns these carvings are often found at eye-popping elevated locations.

 

 

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