Northumberlandia

Northumberlandia
Cramlington
Northumberland
NE23 8AU

0191 284 6884

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Overview

The world's largest human landform sculpture. Northumberlandia is a landmark feature designed by world renowned artist Charles Jencks, which celebrates the earth's natural power and the human ability to reshape landscape into a dramatic form.

Near the town of Cramlington, 'The Lady of the North' is around 34m high and 400m in length. Most importantly Northumberlandia is the centrepiece for a country park with magnificent views across the Northumberland countryside. 

In total around 1.5 million tonnes of soil and clay from Shotton Surface Mine has been used to create this ambitious piece of public art.

Today the site benefits from a Visitor Centre with a small Cafe open from Wednesday to Sunday. Visitors can enjoy a woodland walk (with disk rubbing trail), wildlife interpretation boards, a bird-feeding station and various events throughout the year.  

The site is open to the public, but please keep dogs on a lead.

Access information

The approach from the car park into the public park to view the sculpture at ground level is fully accessible. A flat gravel footpath provides a 1mile route around the landform so that the sculpture can be enjoyed from a wide variety of angles. However when the site is not staffed you may require a Radar key to gain access by wheelchair through the kissing gate at the entrance

The landform itself has a range of slopes with different gradients; please use the map of the park to plan the most appropriate route for your ability. Please note that a Radar key can be used to open the kissing gate like a conventional gate enabling most wheelchairs to get into the site. We regret that we cannot leave the site open due to the risk of motorbike access when the site is not staffed.

 


Road directions

Northumberlandia is located next to the town of Cramlington in Northumberland, just North of Newcastle. We are located only a few minutes from the A1.

From the A1 Northbound, take the A19 exit toward the A189/Cramlington/Blyth/Ashington. At the roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A1068. Take a left turn into Blagdon Lane, signposted towards Northumberlandia. Turn right into Northumberlandia (passed the Snowy Owl pub).

From the A1 Southbound take the exit toward Blagdon/Dinnington/Ponteland/Shotton. Turn left into Blagdon Lane (signposted Northumberlandia). After ¾ mile turn left into Northumberlandia.


Ticketing and entry prices for Northumberlandia

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Car parking available at Northumberlandia Sightseeing and Leisure Attraction Car parking available
Suggested donation £2
Open all year at Northumberlandia Sightseeing and Leisure Attraction Open all year
The Northumberlandia country park and landscape sculpture is open from dawn til dusk each day. The cafe is open Wed-Sun 10-4 (closed Monday and Tuesday)
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Child / family friendly at Northumberlandia Sightseeing and Leisure Attraction Family friendly
Car parking available at Northumberlandia Sightseeing and Leisure Attraction Car parking available
Open all year at Northumberlandia Sightseeing and Leisure Attraction Open all year
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tripadvisor
12/06/2019

Guided walk


Sherye M,
We attended the site so we could learn more about the big lass of the north. Our guide Ian was really knowledgeable and helpful. The walk was lovely fab views, I managed to get to the highest point with a 8 month old held in my sling. The site parking was easy. After our lovely walk we went to the on site cafe which the staff were friendly and the food was lovely. We sat on the lovely decking to enjoy the out doors and even put down the picnic blanket for my baby to enjoy their lunch. Lovely relaxed morning a great outting. Thank you.
tripadvisor
05/06/2019

Interesting place, good to blow the cobwebs away


Lisarti, Bedlington, United Kingdom
Interesting place. Lovely for a walk and parts were really windy so great for blowing the cobwebs away (but not so great for my baby in his buggy!) I’d definitely return here on a slightly less windy day😊
tripadvisor
25/05/2019

Outstanding


JohnH3759, Harrogate, United Kingdom
Had read and seen a lot about the place before going. I was not disappointed. It was outstanding. A great pace to walk and take in the views over the area. Set up for access for all abilities
tripadvisor
18/05/2019

An interesting change from conventional country walks


morecustard2016, Oxenhope, United Kingdom
This 3 dimensional earth sculpture, possibly the world's largest, is a great place to have a peaceful walk on a clear day. All the paths are hard compacted stone making your walk safe for toddlers and grannies alike. As the paths are thankfully not tarmac, pushchairs and wheelchairs will require a little more effort. There are plenty of paths to explore this sculpture, so you can remain on the level looking up or take more exercise by climbing up each of the significant highpoints on gently ramped paths. The highest viewing point (on the head) proves an excellent 360 degree view of the surrounding countryside for many miles, a bonus for engineers like me, as I was able to look into the open cast mine 'next door to see all the huge machines at work! The cafe was closed for refurbishment on the day we visited. Getting there is quite easy, as it lies adjacent to the A1. However, it is not mentioned on the sign at the southbound turning off the A1. A £2 voluntary contribution is suggested at the site to cover maintenance. Well worth it, as there is plenty of parking space and an electric car recharging point!
tripadvisor
08/05/2019

It's not what it's cracked up to be !


rafaman2018, Cramlington, United Kingdom
Northumberlandia was created by a mining company to use up some of the spoil from the adjacent open-cast coal extraction site. This was used to create a figure of a reclining nude woman but the detail can only be seen from the air. What most visitors see is a series of landscaped mounds with paths around them and a couple of ponds. Although only a few years old, the structure has suffered considerable weather damage and can be unsightly at times. There is a large free car park and a small refreshment facility, Northumberlandia has been given lots of publicity since it opened but, sadly, the reality does not match the hype.
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