Off shore between the ancient villages of Bamburgh and Seahouses lies the Farne Islands. In the care of The National Trust, these islands are a popular destination for wildlife lovers, with a great variety of seabirds and large colonies of grey seals. Boat trips to the islands can be taken all year round but are particularly rewarding during May, June and July when tens of thousands of breeding sea birds can be seen.
Also of note is Holy Island (or using its Celtic name Lindisfarne), famous for being a seat of Christian learning in the 7th century. Cut off twice a day and only accessible at low tide, Holy Island is linked to the mainland by a three mile causeway. The island has a thriving local community, busy harbour, shops and inns and there’s plenty to see and do, with a priory, Heritage Centre, local winery, and Tudor castle; it’s also a great for bird watching.
If history is your thing you won’t be disappointed. Bearing testament to a very turbulent past this coastline has a number of spectacular historic castles, perched on cliff top locations overlooking the North Sea, including Bamburgh Castle, often described as the finest castle in England.
Berwick-Upon-Tweed is an historic market town situated at the Scottish border, lying on the east coast at the mouth of the River Tweed.
The idyllic country village of Bamburgh, ancient royal seat of the kings of Northumbria, is set in one of the most breathtakingly picturesque coastal regions in the UK.
One of the most popular holiday areas on the north east coast, Beadnell consists of three villages in one, Beadnell Harbour, the old Beadnell Village and Beadnell Haven.
Craster is a small fishing village on the Northumberland coast and famous as the home of the Craster Kipper, a smoked fish exported to food lovers across the country.
Alnwick is in the heart of Northumberland, famous for its unspoilt beauty, and is one of the most picturesque areas of countryside in England.
Warkworth is undoubtedly one of the most picturesque villages in the whole of Northumberland with an excellent range of pubs, restaurants, cafes and art galleries.
Admire this magnificent castle on a wave-battered headland. Rivalling any castle of its day, it can be reached by a beautiful coastal walk from nearby Craster.
The Heritage Centre at Bellingham is a lively local museum with fascinating collections on the Borders Reivers, mining, farming, the now defunct Border Counties Railway and databases of historic photos and local names. Tel 01434 220616
Home to history and the arts, this 18th century barracks houses the By Beat of Drum exhibition, the Kings Own Scottish Borderers Museum, Berwick Borough Museum AND Berwick art gallery! Tel: 01289 304493
Escape to this scenic gothic church set on an idyllic riverside. Explore the fascinating 12th century priory and discover what life was like in a medieval monastery. Tel: 01665 570628
A border castle with a brutal history! Set is a picturesque village, Etal Castle was built as a defence against Scots raiders. Hear about the Battle of Flodden and Anglo-Scottish warfare in the award winning exhibition. Tel: 01890 820332
The National Park Centre at Ingram has interactive archaeological displays spanning the last 10,000 years of life in the Breamish Valley. They feature many of the most interesting artefacts discovered during 10 years of archaeological excavations in the valley.
The National Park Centre at Rothbury is in the centre of this picturesque town. It is an ideal base for exploring the central part of the park. An exhibition and interactive displays bring the landscape and history of the area to life. Tel: 01669 620887
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