Northumberland also has more castles and fortified buildings than any other English county. Some of the most spectacular are on the beautiful Heritage Coast, officially recognised also as an Area of Outstanding natural Beauty with its miles of uncrowded beaches, punctuated by picturesque fishing villages, nature reserves and of course – the famous castles.
From Berwick upon Tweed in the north, down the coast via the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, famous as the cradle of Christianity; to the beautiful village of Bamburgh with its magnificent castle dominating the coastline and those coastal views; plus a history of heroism at the Grace Darling Memorial museum and the beautiful parish church of St Aidan. This is a coastline you will really enjoy.
Northumberland can also claim to be among the best gardening destinations in the country, with two of the most influential gardeners in history, Capability Brown the landscape architect and William Turner the first botanist to write a book on plants. The county is also home to the Alnwick Garden and Alnwick Castle, now a destination in their own right.
The vast majority of the remains of Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site are in Northumberland, with seemingly endless stretches of the frontier system rising and falling over the dramatic landscape.