The North of England has a lot to offer, so this itinerary suggests places in Northumberland that could enhance your visits to other Northern destinations without having to travel too far. They are also great places to stop off on your way into or out of Northumberland.
Near the Scottish Border
1. The Ford & Etal Estate is a real beauty of a place. The estate is home to two chocolate box villages and a variety of visitor attractions including Northumberland’s oldest working watermill, the Heatherslaw Light Railway and Lady Waterford Hall which is a true ‘hidden gem’.
Near the Newcastle/Tyne & Wear Border
2. The Northumberland Cheese Company has two strings to its bow. The Cheese Loft Café offers refreshments including scones served with cheese and chutney and the most delicious cheese soup. If you fancy an activity, they also offer dairy tours where you can see the cheese being made and have a tasting session, plus they can do a package price including lunch.
3. The Holiday Inn Gosforth Park Newcastle is ideally situated for those wanting to explore the whole region. Based on the border between Northumberland and Newcastle it makes exploring in all directions an easy task.
Near the Durham Border
4. The Lord Crewe Arms is nestled in the picturesque medieval village of Blanchland on the border with County Durham. This historic hotel offers a delicious British pub menu showcasing seasonal, home-grown fare. Stop for a bite to eat or make it your base, with 21 rooms it is the perfect countryside getaway for groups.
Near the Cumbrian/Lake District Border
5. The route of the South Tynedale Railway crosses the Northumberland-Cumbria border, with the main station situated in Alston. It is the North of England’s highest narrow gauge railway and has a new Discovery Centre telling its fascinating history.
6. Birdoswald is a Roman Fort where you can see the longest continuous stretch of Hadrian’s Wall and is ideally placed for those wanting to stop off on their way across the country from Cumbria to Northumberland or vice versa.
Tourist Information Centre
We have 11 Tourist Information Centres across the county.
Hopefully this itinerary has given you some ideas for planning your group visit to Northumberland. If you need any further help, please don’t hesitate to contact Natalie at Northumberland Tourism – your group travel liaison.
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A short drive from Berwick-upon-Tweed, the Scottish Borders and the holy island of Lindisfarne, this vast rural estate set in magnificent countryside is steeped in history, being home to a variety of attractions, activities, tearooms and gift/craft shops. Visit for a couple of hours or a whole day.
Upstairs in our granary building sits a quaint and truly British coffee shop. Step in from the surrounding Northumberland countryside to enjoy coffee, lunch or afternoon tea. Set above the dairy, it would only be right to have a distinct cheese influence to our menu; we have cheese scones (freshly baked every morning, and there are fruit ones too), our famous Cheese Soup, and a Cheese Lovers' Afternoon tea. We also have traditional ploughman's lunch, toasties, and monthly changing specials. All of the cheese used in our cafe is from the dairy downstairs.
Holiday Inn® Newcastle - Gosforth Park hotel offers smart rooms and a laid-back, group friendly restaurant in a peaceful rural setting just north of Newcastle. The hotel offers free Wi-Fi and ample free coach parking which is all onsite. Work out in the leisure centre, clock a few laps in the indoor pool and wind down in the sauna.
Set in the midst of the North Pennine Moors, The Lord Crewe Arms Hotel, Pub and restaurant is the very epitome of a countryside escape.
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” cafe serving freshly made food.
For timetables and news of special events visit www.south-tynedale-railway.org.uk
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 discover interactive displays, artefacts and a model of the wall in our fascinating exhibition.