England amazes me. Just when I think I’ve seen a lot of it, I find entire counties I didn’t know existed. Like Northumberland. And then I visit and discover I’ve been missing out on an amazing corner of England. So I keep going back and finding things to love about it. And naturally, I want to share them with you. Because there are some incredible places to travel in Northumberland and you should see them.

Places to Travel in Northumberland

Places to Travel in Northumberland

Northumberland is the northernmost county in England and sits just across the border from Scotland. Since I’ve been spending a lot of time in the Scottish Borders lately, I’ve also been in Northumberland a lot. And for good reason. There’s so much to see in this part of England, from stunning coastal castles to beautiful rolling hills. So below are 9 places I’ve found that I hope will inspire you to travel here.

There’s a lot more about Northumberland in Lonely Planet Great Britain, too. You can get it here. I’ve had a copy since I moved to London, and I’ve used it to plan a lot of my trips.

Cottages in Northumberland

1. Alnwick Castle

Perhaps the most famous place in Northumberland, Alnwick Castle is not only stunning in its own right but also known for being a filming location for the Harry Potter movies and Downton Abbey. I visited earlier this week to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the A Lady in London blog, and it was amazing to see the gardens and state rooms.

Alnwick Castle

2. Holy Island

Another place with a stunning fortress, Holy Island is known for the hilltop beauty of Lindisfarne Castle. But there’s a lot more to it than that, from Gertrude Jekyll’s stunning garden to the ruins of Lindisfarne Priory. Add to that the fact that the island is only accessible via a causeway from the mainland at low tide, and even getting there is an adventure.

Holy Island

3. Berwick-upon-Tweed

Up the coast from Holy island, Berwick-upon-Tweed is steeped in history. The border town has changed hands between England and Scotland countless times, and its thick city walls and fortifications testify to its turbulent history. But there’s a softer side to Berwick, too, from the beautiful lighthouse to the trail following the paintings of artist L. S. Lowry.

Berwick-upon-Tweed

4. Bamburgh Castle

Back down the coast, Bamburgh Castle is one of the most stunning fortresses in Northumberland. Sitting on a cliff above a beach, it’s not only striking because of its location, but also because of its beautiful interiors and legendary history as the seat of the Kings of Northumbria.

Bamburgh Castle

5. The Cheviot Hills and Northumberland National Park

Far from castles and towns, the Cheviot Hills in Northumberland National Park are some of my most beloved places to get out into nature in England. With gorgeous views and lots of woolly sheep, the Cheviots deliver on all my favorite fronts.

Cheviot Hills

6. Hadrian’s Wall

Equally removed from the bustle of town life, Hadrian’s Wall is one of my ideal places to travel in Northumberland. I’m a huge fan of Roman history, and this is one of the finest examples of it in England. And it’s not just the wall, either. There are Roman forts, archaeological sites, and museums to explore along it, too.

Hadrian's Wall

7. Craster

I discovered Craster by accident, but I’m glad I did. My boyfriend and I were looking for somewhere to eat after visiting Alnwick Castle, and Craster seemed to have a cluster of good seafood restaurants. In we drove, and when we arrived we discovered a pretty seaside village with the best lobster I’ve had in a long time.

Craster, Northumberland

8. Dunstanburgh Castle

As an added bonus, Craster has stunning views of Dunstanburgh Castle. Sitting right above the shoreline on the Northumberland Coast, this 14th-century ruin dominates the landscape. Its keep also offers great views up and down the designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Dunstanburgh Castle

9. Chain Bridge Honey Farm

Perhaps the quirkiest place on my list, the Chain Bridge Honey Farm is not only known for its bee products, but also a colorful collection of vintage vehicles ranging from tractors to caravans. The most delightful of them is a bright green vintage double-decker bus that houses a hidden cafe.

Chain Bridge Honey Farm

And that’s what I love about Northumberland: it keeps surprising me. There are still a lot of places I want to discover—the house and gardens at Cragside come to mind—and I can’t wait to explore more of this beautiful county.

Chain Bridge, Northumberland

How about you? What are your favorite places to travel in Northumberland?

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18 comments on “Lady’s 9 Unforgettable Places That Will Make You Fall in Love with Northumberland”

  1. Fabulous list!
    I visited Northumberland a few weeks ago and I share your sentiment about this amazing place. It is really underrated and it has so much to offer. I loved visiting Lindisfarne and watching a huge herd of seals taking a bath in the sea.
    Best wishes,

    Rossi

  2. I love this post! This looks like a great region to visit and would be perfect to combine with a trip to the Scottish Borders like you mentioned. I had seen many pictures of the region over the years but never a list of attractions like this all in one reference. And as always, thank you for the great pictures!

  3. You are right, England is amazing. I have been discovering it through your blog posts. It’s on my bucketlist, and the kind of travel that I like, I think I’m going to follow your tips.

  4. Great list. Alnwick castle is one of my favourites, and the bookshop in the town is also worth checking out. You should definitely find time for Cragside though, been so many times but I always love it.

  5. Love this post! Northumberland (and the rest of my beloved north east) has so many hidden gems. Not quite considered Northumberland anymore – but I love Tynemouth. It’s such a quaint, but vibrant little seaside town. x

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