If you are thinking of planning a visit to Northumberland you are in for a treat.
Northumberland is a wild and rugged county filled with vast beaches, forests, hills and ancient history. You can explore castles or Roman Forts, walk amongst wild goats in the Cheviot hills, spot seals, arctic terns, puffins and dolphins on the coastline and gaze at the vast star filled skies in the Kielder Dark Sky zone.
Places to Visit
There are so many wonderful places to visit I can’t possible list them all but a few of my favourites include Cragside – a National Trust house and estate and the first house in the world to be lit by hydroelectricity, Alnwick Castle – the setting for many films including most famously Harry Potter, where you can complete your broomstick training, or go on a knights quest as well as seeing spectacular interiors and artwork, Dunstanburgh Castle – desolate ruins near the lovely village of Craster, the Holy Island of Lindisfarne – take care to check the tide times carefully and lastly Barter Books – one of the largest second hand bookshops in Britain, complete with open fires, a fantastic cafe and sofas to sit and read and while away the hours. Oh and the beaches, the hills and the forests. Plus a rather lovely farm studio at Whistlebare near Berwick-upon-Tweed selling yarns, gifts and more!
Places to stay.
As by now I’m sure you’ve realised you may want to stay a while. Northumberland has plenty of differing options depending on your desire for adventure, luxury, quirky or something traditional.
Camping. There are plots for both tent and camper vans at the Barn at Beal with lovely views over the sea to Lindisfarne, and the option of a cooked breakfast in the cafe.
Bed and Breakfasts The Birdcage at Cornhill was recommended to us by some guests on a retreat last year. It looks lovely. Hay Farm Bed and Breakfast is a lovely local base from which to explore, with delicious home cooked breakfasts, it’s currently offering 25% off in February, March and April – perfect for our spring retreat?
Hotels The Collingwood Arms is in the near by town of Cornhill upon Tweed. A little further away in the historic town of Alnwick is The Cookie Jar – this boutique hotel is within sight of the famous Alnwick Castle and offers a luxurious nights sleep.
Places to Eat
All this exploring is sure to be making you hungry, so here are a few places to refuel and get ready for more adventures.
Audela in Berwick serves contemporary British cuisine. For a real treat The Potted Lobster in Bamburgh – included in the 2018 and 2019 Michelin guide, has the ethos to bring fresh ingredients and relaxed dining to the picturesque village of Bamburgh. The Black Bull in Etal is a pub with restaurant that caters really well for all food intolerances and is one of our favourites places to eat.
For lighter bites try The Milk Bar in Wooler, it serves milkshakes, delicious baking and more! One for all the family to enjoy. Carnaby’s is just off the A1 north of Alnwick and uses fresh local produce to serve cooked breakfasts, artisan breads, salads, cakes, and more. Lastly for lunch with a view you can’t beat the Barn at Beal for views over towards Lindisfarne.
Visit Northumberland. You won’t ever want to leave.