A good family day out

A good family day out



Family friendly attractions, family friendly refreshment stops and great value accommodation make Northumberland a perfect all-round family day out or holiday. Our young visitors are warmly welcomed and richly entertained. And what’s good for the kids, is often good for the grown ups too!

The route

Arrive: Alnwick

Here’s why: Show the children where Harry Potter learnt to fly by taking a guided tour of Alnwick Castle grounds and learn about more Potter secrets on the way. The Castle’s Knight’s Quest is full of family fun. And if smelling what a medieval toilet was like is still not sufficient to satisfy youngsters’ curiosity, then try out more gory stories with a tour of the Poison Garden at The Alnwick Garden.

Depart: Alnwick

Here’s how: B6346 – Eglingham – continue on B6346 – in approx. 1 mile continue straight ahead on unclassified road (unsuitable for caravans/long vehicles) – Old Bewick – Chillingham - Chatton – B6348 (direction Wooler) – at Wooler join A697 (n) - then turn right on B6525 (direction Berwick /Wooler Golf Club) – Doddington –follow sign for Fentons

Here’s why: The Hollywood blockbuster “Robin Hood Prince of Thieves” was partly filmed in the grounds of Alnwick’s Hulne Park (stone boundary wall visible adjacent to B6346).

Arrive: The Fenton Centre(Nr Wooler)

Here’s why: Something for the young and plenty for the rest of the family too. A nature trail, adventure play area and Clydesdale Horses with scrumptious refreshments and plenty of space to run about in. And it is free (special events may be chargeable).

Depart: The Fenton Centre

Here’s how: Return to Doddington – B6525 – Wooler – A697(s) – Powburn – A697(s) – B6341 (direction Alnwick)

Arrive: Alnwick


Walk options

Top views – can be enjoyed at Blawearie, a Bronze Age burial mound near Old Bewick and Ros Castle, the site of an Iron Age hillfort, near Chillingham. Take a picnic along and enjoy the far reaching views.

To access a Northumberland National Park mobile telephone app with self-guided walking suggestions go to http://bit.ly/qrpark.


Did you know

Doddington Ice Cream is a truly family business and a locally made, truly scrumptious family treat. Look out for it in local refreshment places.

Chillingham Wild White Cattle – book a tour with the Warden and enjoy a fascinating insight into these precious rare survivors of the wild herds which once roamed Northumberland’s landscape hundreds of years ago.


Nearest Tourist Information Centres

Alnwick +44 (0) 1665 511333
Berwick +44 (0) 1289 301780
Wooler +44 (0) 1668 282123


Useful websites



For current opening times and admission prices of visitor attractions you are advised to check the relevant websites given in each itinerary. These itineraries have been planned to introduce you to the quieter country roads and secret corners of Northumberland. Please drive carefully and park your vehicle with consideration in rural areas. Some roads are unsuitable for long vehicles including coaches and cars with trailers. You are advised to use the itineraries in conjunction with a road map.
Each itinerary contains an approximate car journey time between different stages of the route and apply to the specific route given in the itinerary description. If you choose alternative routes then the journey times will alter.

Places and distances

Alnwick Castle
NE66 1NQ

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.

Approx 10.91 mile(s) between Alnwick Castle and Chillingham Wild Cattle
NE66 5NP


The pure-bred survivors of the wild white cattle herd which once roamed the forests of Britain.

Approx 0.17 mile(s) between Chillingham Wild Cattle and Chillingham Castle
Outside Chillingham Castle
NE66 5NJ

In the heart of Northumberland, a medieval castle with stunning views of formal gardens and Cheviot Hills. Perfect for architectural and naturalist/historical enthusiast or anyone looking for an unforgettable holiday.

Approx 6.6 mile(s) between Chillingham Castle and Northumberland National Park
Great outdoors
NE66 4LT

Northumberland National Park covers 405 areas of protected landscape with breathtaking views, crystal clear streams, dark skies for star gazing and rich wildlife havens.

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