Whatever the weather, Northumberland has more than its fair share of things to do indoors.

Indulge in some retail therapy in refreshingly different shops in market towns each with their own character and style. Browse the bookshelves of Barter Books, one of Britain’s largest second hand and antiquarian bookshops, or wander around the collection of individual shops, arts and crafts workshops at Kirkharle Courtyard, the birthplace of Lancelot 'Capability' Brown, arguably Britain's most famous landscape architect.

There are stately homes and museums that are anything but stuffy to look around, or make for a leisure centre where the kids can have a splashing good time. Pay a visit to one of Northumberland’s many castles or go on a foodie adventure.  Watch the workings of the county’s only working watermill at Heatherslaw Corn Mill on the Ford and Etal estate or see some of the 16 different farmhouse cheeses being made at Northumberland Cheese Company’s Blagdon Estate.

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Newbiggin Maritime Centre
Museums and galleries
Newbiggin-by-the-Sea
Newbiggin Maritime Centre, on the beautiful Northumberland coastline, offers a unique experience for visitors with a museum, a café and a shop. ...
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating:TripadvisorBased on 172 reviews
Family fun at Woodhorn
Museums and galleries
Ashington
From coal mining communities to contemporary art: discover a proud past, The Pitmen Painters and the best in art and heritage at Northumberland's biggest museum. ...
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating:TripadvisorBased on 581 reviews
Outside Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museum
Museums and galleries
Morpeth
Discover a gem of a museum illustrating the history and development of bagpipes and especially featuring the unique Northumbrian small pipes.  ...
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating:TripadvisorBased on 60 reviews
Animals at Whitehouse Farm Centre
Nature and Wildlife
Morpeth
Whitehouse Farm is the all-weather fun attraction with soft play, restaurant, outdoor play areas, tractor-trailer rides and lots of animals to feed, hold and stroke. ...
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating:TripadvisorBased on 383 reviews
Arial View of Hexham Abbey
Group Attraction
Hexham
Hexham Abbey welcome visitor groups with some unique and exclusive experiences alongside our comprehensive offering.  We provide hosted tours, audio guides, out of hours access to our 7th century ...
Keep
Historic sites
Bamburgh
A spectacular castle with fantastic coastal views. The stunning Kings Hall and Keep house collections of armour, artwork, porcelain and furniture.     ...
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating:TripadvisorBased on 2217 reviews
Afternoon tea
Group Food, Drink & Shopping
Blagdon
The Cheese Loft Cafe is based above the dairy at Northumberland Cheese Company, serving breakfast, lunch, and cakes. Local produce is used where available, and all cheese featured in the menu is North ...
Vallum Farm Bread
Cafes, Tearooms & Coffee Shops
Matfen
Dubbed “The River Cottage of the North” by Luxe magazine (2013), and renowned as the place to find the traditional tastes of Hadrian’s Wall country, Vallum is a unique and growing co ...
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating:TripadvisorBased on 196 reviews
Cheese Making
Group Attraction
Blagdon
Come for a Dairy Tour in the heart of Northumberland, and see the true workings of Northumberland Cheese Company ...
Kirkharle Restaurant & Coffee shop
Cafes, Tearooms & Coffee Shops
Kirkharle
Kirkharle Lake and Courtyard is home to a coffee house and a range of unique arts and crafts workshops, individual shops and galleries, all set in a historic farm courtyard. ...
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating:TripadvisorBased on 140 reviews
Vallum Farm Birds Eye View
Group Food, Drink & Shopping
Matfen
Join us at Vallum to savour the produce of land once trod by the Roman auxiliaries who lived here in the shadow of Hadrian’s Wall.  Located at Milecastle 18 on the Military Road, ...
Gallery 1
Group Attraction
Haltwhistle
Immerse yourself in the life of the Roman Army at this interactive and engaging museum - there is nothing else like this on Hadrian's Wall ...
Gallery 1
Museums and galleries
Haltwhistle
Lying in magnificent countryside next to a sweeping section of Hadrian's Wall and based at the site of Carvoran Roman Fort, the Roman Army Museum is an authentic and dramatic tribute to Rome’s e ...
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating:TripadvisorBased on 614 reviews
Wall at Housesteads
Group Attraction
Haydon Bridge
Set high on a dramatic escarpment on Hadrian's Wall World Heritage Site, Housesteads Roman Fort takes you back to the Roman Empire. ...
Carriages
Group Food, Drink & Shopping
Bellingham
A unique dining experience on board 1950's train carriages. ...
Outside Cherryburn
Historic sites
Mickley
Birthplace cottage (1700) and farmyard. Printing house using original printing blocks. Introductory exhibition of the life, work and countryside. ...
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating:TripadvisorBased on 72 reviews
Heritage Centre at Bellingham
Group Attraction
Bellingham
Award winning Heritage Centre at Bellingham ...
Belsay Hall
Group Attraction
Belsay
Lose yourself at Belsay with its unique combination of Grecian architecture, medieval ruins, formal terraces and lush jungle-esque Quarry Garden. ...
Museum Front
Museums and galleries
Haltwhistle
Watch and clock museum, gift shop and repair specialist. The museum is based around the local children's stories of Mr George the clock man. Includes a large collection of mechanical watches and ...
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating:TripadvisorBased on 13 reviews
The Bridge at Corbridge
Group Food, Drink & Shopping
Corbridge
The picturesque village of Corbridge dates back to Roman times and has Corbridge Roman Town English Heritage site on its outskirts. The compact centre boasts a wide range of cafes & pubs for refre ...
Outside Cragside House Gardens and Estate
Historic sites
Rothbury
Creation of Lord Armstrong, Victorian inventor and landscape genius. Gardens, red squirrels, woodland and lakeside walks. ...
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating:TripadvisorBased on 2127 reviews
Kielder castle
Group Attraction
Kielder
Home to Northern Europe's biggest man made lake, the largest working forest in England, the darkest skies in England and voted Tourism Experience of the Year by Visit England, Kielder Water & Fore ...
Hexham Old Gaol
Museums and galleries
Hexham
Tour the Old Gaol, 1330AD, by glass lift. Meet the gaoler, see a Reiver raid and try on costumes. ...
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating:TripadvisorBased on 40 reviews
For the family
Museums and galleries
Berwick-upon-Tweed
The museum is housed in the historic Berwick Barracks and contains historical town artefacts and part of Sir William Burrel's art collection. ...
Lindisfarne Priory
Group Attraction
Holy Island
Cross the water to Holy Island and step into one of England's holiest places. Visit the shire of St Cuthbert, weave through the priory ruins and imagine the serenity shattered by Viking invasion. ...
Guided Ranger Walk: Rothley Lake
Guided Walk/Tours
Join us for an exclusive tour of Rothley Lake and discover the wonderful wildlife that lives in this hidden site. ...
Chesters from the air
Group Attraction
Chollerford
Chesters Roman Fort is the most complete Roman cavalry fort in Britain - wander around the unusually well-preserved bath-house and steam room, and the officers' quarters. Discover an amazing coll ...
Travel through the Pennines
Group Attraction
Alston
Ride on the North of England’s highest narrow gauge railway winding from Alston through the picturesque South Tyne Valley. We have a Discovery Centre, gift shop and the “Buffer Stop& ...
Wheel and entrance
Group Attraction
Ashington
Discover Northumberland's proud industrial heritage featuring art by the famous Pitmen Painters, an exciting temporary exhibition programme (which recently included Poppies: Weeping Window from the Lo ...
You'll be captivated
Group Attraction
Hexham
Explore the oldest purpose built prison in England and discover the violent border life of the reivers. ...
Picnic bench
Great Outdoors
Kielder
Kielder Castle Visitor Centre is open all year round, 10am to 5pm (11am opening for exhibition Now to March) . Kielder Castle is the visitor centre for Kielder Forest. Features include information cen ...
Birdoswald Roman Fort
Group Attraction
Gilsland
Birdoswald Roman Fort is the perfect place to see the longest continuous remaining stretch of this magnificent World Heritage Site, Hadrian's Wall. Explore the extensive remains of the Roman fort and ...
Alnwick Castle
Historic sites
Alnwick
Alnwick Castle is the second largest inhabited castle in the UK; home to the Percy family for over 700 years and film location for Downton Abbey and Harry Potter's Hogwarts. ...
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating:TripadvisorBased on 3126 reviews
Corbridge Roman Town
Group Attraction
Corbridge
Not all the sites on Hadrian's Wall were heavily guarded fortresses. Corbridge was once a bustling town and supply base where Romans and civilians would pick up food and provisions. It remained a vibr ...
Stunning Views
Sightseeing and Leisure
Cornhill-on-Tweed
Enjoy a fabulous day out on this country estate with its picturesque villages and range of attractions: Heatherslaw Steam Railway; Heatherslaw Cornmill; Lady Waterford Hall; Etal Castle; Flodden Battl ...
Outside RNLI Grace Darling Museum
Museums and galleries
Bamburgh
A museum dedicated to Grace Darling and her family, as well as all those who Save Lives at Sea. ...
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating:TripadvisorBased on 532 reviews
Alnwick Castle
Arts & Crafts Shop
Ponteland
Alan Reed specialises in painting landscapes, cityscapes, portraits, sport and figurative work. Paintings and prints of Northumberland can be seen in his Studio & Gallery in Ponteland where we wel ...
Night sky
Group Attraction
Hexham
Battlesteads Hotel & Restaurant in Wark, Northumberland is not only an official Dark Sky Discovery Site but is the only hotel in the UK with its own on-site observatory. ...
Wallington
Historic sites
Cambo
Discover Wallington, much-loved home to generations of the unconventional Treveylan family and a magnificent estate where politics and play came together in the heart of Northumberland. ...
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating:TripadvisorBased on 752 reviews
Corbridge
Historic sites
Corbridge
Impressive excavated Roman town, walk down the high street and explore English Heritage's impressive museum of Roman finds.  ...
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating:TripadvisorBased on 315 reviews
Scene inside Regimental Museum Kings Own Scottish Borderers
Museums and galleries
Berwick-upon-Tweed
The King's Own Scottish Borderers regimental museum with uniforms, medals, silver and weapons telling the story of the regiment from 1689 until the present day. ...
Welcome to Bailiffgate Museum
Museums and galleries
Alnwick
Bailiffgate Museum brings to life the people and places of North Northumberland in exciting interactive style. Art and history-based exhibitions are staged in the gallery. ...
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating:TripadvisorBased on 108 reviews
Outside Gymnasium Gallery
Museums and galleries
Berwick-upon-Tweed
Contemporary art gallery with a programme of events by Berwick Visual Arts. Check out our What's On Section for exhibition details. ...
Outside Brinkburn Priory
Historic sites
Rothbury
Founded in 1135 for canons of the Augustinian order, Brinkburn was restored in the 19th century and now survives in its entirety as Northumberland's finest example of early Gothic architecture. ...
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating:TripadvisorBased on 84 reviews
Allendale Forge Studios
Museums and galleries
Allendale Town
The Forge has 12 working studios, cafe, art gallery and gallery shop that offers both traditional and contemporary arts and crafts from Northumberland, all situated in th ...

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