At Visit Northumberland, it’s never too early to plan for a spring break. Soon enough, we can say goodbye to the cold drizzle and welcome the Easter season of renewal and revival (hopefully with better weather, too!).
When you visit Northumberland in spring, there’s always something to do — no matter the kind of escape you’re looking for. The best thing about spring is that it sometimes offers summer-like weather without the summer holiday hustle and bustle.
So, if you’re thinking about taking a tour of this stunning county, read on to find out more about your accommodation options.
Why is spring one of the best times to visit Northumberland?
Spring in Northumberland brings milder temperatures — the perfect way to shake off the winter blues. Warmer weather means you can make the most of what Northumberland has to offer, and one of this region’s key features is its areas of outstanding beauty. From outdoor activities to family fun days out, you can be sure to enjoy Northumberland in all its glory.
Key destinations, towns, and villages in Northumberland
From the famously spectacular fortress Alnwick Castle, to the coastal village of Seahouses, Northumberland is home to some of the most quaint and picturesque towns and villages.
When planning your trip to Northumberland, think about who you’re going with and the kind of environment you want to be in. Would you rather pop into cosy cafes in the heart of the historic town of Warkworth? Or take a magical walk across the coast for once-in-a-lifetime views of Bamburgh and Bamburgh Castle? Alternatively, you could be looking for family-friendly accommodation with plenty of fun days out nearby to keep the kids entertained.
Either way, we have a variety of destinations to choose from.
Choosing your stay based on location
If you’re unsure where to start with booking your Northumberland stay, why not think about the landscape you want?
There’s nothing quite like admiring golden sunsets, exploring hidden gem bays, and relishing in the delectable seafood of the Northumberland coast. When it comes to the top seaside locations in Northumberland, not much can top The Bamburgh Castle Inn.
Overlooking the picturesque harbour in the fishing village of Seahouses, it’s the perfect place to eat, drink, sleep — and most importantly —- explore. If you’re travelling as a couple, you can indulge in romantic sunset settings, and there are even dog-friendly rooms so you can bring your four-legged friend along.
Travelling on a budget? The Seahouses Hostel offers a peaceful retreat within walking distance of the beach, coastal walks, tourist attractions, and local amenities — for as little as £18 per night.
You may wish to experience the life of a countryside dweller, and you’ll be happy to know that Northumberland has an abundance of rural market towns.
Visit the walker’s paradise of Wooler, set in the foothills of the Cheviots on the edge of Northumberland’s National Park. The Tankerville Arms stands as a timeless testament to comfort, heritage, and ever-warm hospitality. It’s the perfect starting point for exploring the nearby castles, rolling hills, and the neighbouring villages of Harthope and Ingram.
Everybody has the right to experience the wonder of Northumberland, and as such, there are many accessible accommodation options available. From wheelchair-accessible holiday parks to accessible glamping pods, there’s something for everyone.
If you have mobility, visual or hearing requirements, our accommodation providers in Northumberland have been accredited by the National Accessible Scheme. This scheme officially recognises their ability to cater for visitors with specific accessibility requirements.
Choosing your stay based on accommodation
Searching for a specific type of accommodation? Staying in Northumberland offers a variety of experiences, whether you choose a cottage, bed and breakfast, or inn.
Breamish Valley Cottages, near Alnwick, are award-winning cottages located at the foot of the Cheviot Hills.
The cottages combine elegance and comfort with excellent facilities, including an indoor heated swimming pool, spa, sauna, steam room, tennis court, games room, and gym.
Enjoy the tranquillity and breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape, with some of the UK’s best walking countryside right on your doorstep.
Bed and breakfast stays
Northumberland’s B&Bs allow you to stay by the sea, in the countryside, or in quaint towns and villages. They provide a comfortable place to rest after a day of exploring.
Choose from various settings — will it be a traditional working farmhouse or a Georgian guesthouse? — and experience legendary Northumberland hospitality. Many B&Bs are part of the "Produced in Northumberland" verification scheme, so you can try authentic local food and drink throughout your stay. If this sounds like your kind of holiday, we highly recommend the Old Rectory Howick in Craster.
Fancy a serviced stay so you can focus on sightseeing? Northumberland’s hotels offer the highest standard of customer service — allowing you to completely relax and take in the atmosphere.
You’ll find the Langley Castle Hotel within the walls of a renovated fourteenth-century castle. This beautiful setting is only 40 minutes from Newcastle Airport and a 28-minute drive from the iconic Hadrian’s Wall. Fresh meals are also available in Josephine's Restaurant throughout your stay and there’s an on-site sauna.
For a postcard-perfect stay, pop over to The Pheasant Inn near Kielder. Expect open fires, exposed stone walls, oak beams, and a mix of historic Northumberland memorabilia. Sleep soundly before exploring the National Park, Hadrian’s Wall, and the Scottish Borders.
Camping and glamping
If you’re visiting Northumberland for its wondrous sights, why not stay amongst it all? Set up your tent underneath the starry coastal skies of Bamburgh at Budle Hall. It’s your chance to have a wild camping experience, only a short walk away from Budle Bay. For countryside ambles, head on over to the pitches of The Boe Rigg, situated just outside Bellingham within the Northumberland National Park and the Dark Skies Park.
Take your Northumberland stay up a notch with some luxury glamping. Head to The Bell Tent at the Old Rectory in Howick for a luxury tent with a double bed and a wood-burning stove. Wake up feeling refreshed in the morning with your provided continental breakfast, and wind down in the evening with your own private BBQ and seating area.
Experience the wonder of Northumberland this spring
Once you stay in Northumberland, you’ll never want to leave. From luxury and romantic weekend breaks to dog-friendly and group stays, come and sleep beneath the stars at one of our campsites, warm your toes by an open fire at a local inn, or cosy up in a fairytale-style cottage. Whatever you’re looking for, a stay in Northumberland holds the answer.