We think Northumberland is England’s best-kept secret; a magical place filled with ancient castles, hidden gardens, pristine coastline, rolling hills, rugged moorland, sweeping views, friendly little market towns and villages and a cultural heritage all of its own. Starting from the River Tweed in the north, to the coastal plains of the East, England’s most tranquil National Park to the west, Hadrian’s Wall and the River Tyne in the south, a week just isn’t long enough to make the most of all our beautiful county has to offer!
Northumberland is a county of contrasts, where unrivalled scenery is often marked by turbulent, bloody warfare and this land has been violently fought over for more than 2,000 years. The evidence is still visible across much of the physical landscape and in the characters of the people you’ll meet here. But don’t worry, these days we’re only too happy to welcome newcomers! Visit Northumberland today and you’ll find beauty, peace and tranquillity in almost every little corner you visit. The most sparsely populated County in England, the only traffic you are likely to encounter on our rural roads is of the woolly, four-legged variety, or at worst, a tractor making the short journey from farm to field. Whether you’re planning a vigorous, outdoor adventure, gentle walk on a golden, sandy beach or a cosy meal in a country pub, Northumberland offers you the time, place and space to do it. All you need to do now is pick where you want to start!
To help you on your way, here are some guides to our County by area giving you a taste of some of the places you can visit during your stay with us. For information on how to get here and get around during your stay, check out our travel information section or alternatively, contact one of our 12 tourist information centres. We’re looking forward to seeing you, don’t take too long!