The Secret Kingdom
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The Secret Kingdom

The Secret Kingdom of North Northumberland

Visit the home of the North Northumberland Tourism Association, and open the door into the kingdom of north Northumberland, which sweeps from the tops of the Cheviot down hidden river valleys to the sea, where Holy Island and the Farne Islands wait to reveal their secrets to those who prefer to explore ‘the road less travelled’. It’s a magical place, often regarded as a ‘thin place’ – where the distinction between heaven and earth, the seen and unseen, is somehow easier to experience and more discernible.  
Here you can find a landscape rich in beauty and tranquillity, filled with castles and fortresses, houses and gardens, all laden with history. Discover a diversity of wildlife second to none, find places to stay offering the warmest of welcomes, and enjoy food and culture to draw you back time and again.

The Secret Kingdom

North Northumberland

The area boasts accommodation which is the best in the country (and has awards to prove it), be it  B&B, luxury hotel, self-catering cottage or camping and glamping. Any and each will provide the perfect base for exploring the reaches of the kingdom. Eating delicious local produce in some of our award-winning cafes and restaurants will set you up for the next discovery. And there are so many iconic locations to visit - such as Bamburgh Castle, the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, Berwick’s Elizabethan Walls and Royal Border Bridge, the whole of the Northumberland National Park and the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). There are also many well-kept secrets waiting for you to discover, some of which Robson Green let slip in his TV series ‘Tales from Northumberland’.
The ancient remains of the Cheviot volcano provide rugged terrain to explore - and with the long distance walks and cycle routes of St Cuthbert’s Way, St Oswalds Way, the Hill Fort Trail, the Northumberland Coast Path and the Sandstone Way, this is a perfect outdoors and adventure destination. To this add its perfect tranquillity, the pixie dust of the dark skies, and wildlife - including red squirrels, otters, grey seals, whales, dolphins and the richest birdlife in the country (including our famous puffins!) And if this is too tame then you can enjoy surfing, kitesurfing, wind boarding, coasteering, abseiling or riding in the most glorious coast and country settings imaginable.
From the iron age hills forts of the Cheviot, the Anglo Saxon settlement of ad Geffrin, through  Flodden Field and Halidon Hill, a host of medieval castles to beautiful Georgian stately homes such as Paxton House, the kingdom is rich with heritage to explore.
An artistic and spiritual culture of spice and depth has responded to all this - with internationally recognised painters, potters, poets and musicians living and creating within the realm of North Northumberland.
Officially ‘England’s most tranquil place’, with miles and miles of the best beaches and the best castles in the world – perfect for families! In fact, for anyone who wants to get away and discover something very special.
Come and visit, come and stay. Come and see.  The North Northumberland Tourism Association’s member-businesses are ready to provide you with the keys to the doors and maps for the pathways, to find your way into the Secret Kingdom and explore its treasures.

If you have specific questions about finding the perfect place to stay, or eat, or visit, then drop an email to - we’re here to help you get the most from your visit.

Bamburgh (Ian Kille)

View of Lindisfarne Castle (Ian Kille)

Our breathtaking Natural World

In a landscape that sweeps from the core of an ancient volcano to the Whin Sill nubs that form the Farne Islands, north Northumberland is a place where nature is close to the surface.
The riverlands of the Tweed, Till, Coquet, Glen, Bowmont, College Burn and many others, are places where salmon swim upstream and otters play alongside kingfishers and dippers. In the Northumberland National Park these rivers lead to remote beautiful valleys where the spiced vanilla scent of gorse gives way to bracken and sweet heather with the mew of circling buzzards overhead; the home of curlew, dipper and ring ousel.
As the evening closes in barn owls quarter quietly as the bats start their flitter down the lanes for flies. Here there are stars in a limpid blackness that gives them a brilliance in which you can feel your place in a vast universe.
Down to the coast and a pod of dolphins show off to a boat on the way out to the Farne Islands jumping high out of the water. This has been described by David Attenburgh as one of the ‘top 10 wildlife safaris in the world’ with close up views of huge numbers of puffins, shags, guillimots, eider duck, seals and much more. He described it as his ‘favourite wildlife expedition in the UK’. All year round there is a feast of nature, with dark eyed seal pups born  in the autumn as the winter migratory birds arrive, like the pale bellied brent geese back from Svalbard.  Watch NNTA’s wildlife film to catch the flavour…

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