Northumberland Accommodation Guide

Lindisfarne Island & Castle

Situated on the English-Scottish border, Northumberland is the least densely populated county in England with only 62 people per square kilometre. Consequently, it retains a vast amount of undeveloped landscapes which has remained unchanged for centuries.

Inhabited by humans for at least 10,000 years, Northumberland has a fascinating history which is best explored on foot. In this brief tourist guide we will exhibit some of County Durham’s best accommodation choices and also explore some of the region’s finest attractions.

Northumbria shares a border with Cumbria to the west, with County Durham and Tyne and Wear to the south and with the Scottish Borders to the north.  To the east, visitors will find Northumberland’s  103 kilometres (64 mi) long.the North Sea coastline which was raided frequently by Vikings in the 9th century. with a path

Northumberland is famous for its large areas of high moorland, most of which is now protected now as part of the Northumberland National Park which covers an area of 1,050 square kilometres (410 square miles). The national park lies entirely within Northumberland, covering about a quarter of the county.

Extending from the Scottish border in the north to just south of Hadrian’s Wall in the south, the park includes the Cheviot Hills in north are (the range of hills that mark the border between England and Scotland). To the south, there are large expanses of rolling moorland, some of which are working forest plantations such as Kielder Forest.

If exploring fortresses and castles is high on your priority list then Northumberland is your perfect holiday destination! Due to its location on the England – Scotland border it has seen many historic battles over the centuries as warring parties have vied for increased political and financial influence. Consequently, Northumberland is home to more castles than any other county in England.

Northumberland has over 70 castle sites to explore including Alnwick Castle, which is the second largest inhabited castle in the UK after Windsor Castle. For great views across the coast, visit Bamburgh Castle. Another ‘must see’ attraction is the small castle on Lindisfarne Island which was built in 1550.

But to come to Northumbria and only the county’s many castles would be a mistake! The county has 64 km (40 miles) of coastline that stretches from Berwick-Upon-Tweed to the River Coquet estuary in the Northeast of England. The coastline is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in its own right.

Lastly, visitors should not overlook the county’s many culinary attractions! Visit the home of Earl Grey tea, brewed initially to disguise the taste of the Earl’s water supply. Alternatively, dine at one of Northumberland’s best restaurants, which hold a combination of Michelin Stars and AA Rosettes. The Potted Lobster in Bamburgh is one of our favourites!

Northumberland / Tourist Information

  • County Town: Alnwick
  • Land Area: 2,226 km2 (859 square miles)
  • Population: 530,094 (2019)
  • Population Density: 237/km2 (610/square miles)
  • Average Temperature: (Summer 19 °C)
  • Days Of Rain: Dry for 162 days a year

Best Attractions In Northumberland

Hadrian’s Wall: Built by the Romans to repel attacks from the Scottish based Picts and Celts, Hadrian’s Wall spans 73 miles across the north English coast.  Northumberland holds the longest and best preserved stretch of the infamous wall and the ruins of many former forts and Roman buildings can still be visited today.  The southernmost section of the Northumberland National Park covers the dramatic central section of the wall and is one of the UK’s most visited attractions.

Holy Island: The Holy Island of Lindisfarne, commonly referred to as just Holy Island or Lindisfarne, is one of the most stunning tidal island’s in the whole of the United Kingdom. Situated off Northumbria’s northeast coast, Lindisfarne has been an important centre of Celtic Christianity since the 6th Century AD. It was also the site of the infamous Viking massacre in 793 AD which sent shockwaves through the whole of Europe.

Howick Hall Gardens & Arboretum: Anyone who enjoys sipping a cup of Early Grey tea must visit Howick Hall when in Northumbria! Howick Hall is the ancestral home of the ‘Earls Grey’ since 1319. Discover the history of the 2nd Earl, after whom the famous tea is named and enjoy a cup of his finest tea in the onsite tea rooms!

Best Accommodation In Northumberland

The Hall, Middleton Hall near Belford, NorthumberlandThe Hall (Middleton Hall near Belford): Have you ever wanted your own stately home in the country? Well now is your chance! The Hall is a breathtaking 17th century mansion, nestling amongst the trees near Belford in the heart of the Northumberland countryside. Sleeping 24 people across 10 bedrooms, Middleton Hall is the perfect destination for large groups of families or friends who are celebrating a special occasion.

Mill View, Embleton, NorthumberlandMill View (Embleton): This spacious, stone-built cottage affords far-reaching views across the stunning Northumberland coastline. With 3 bedrooms sleeping a total of 5 people, Mill View shares various facilities with the other cottages on North Farm including a private indoor swimming pool which can be booked for your exclusive use. Booked in combination with the other holiday accommodation on the farm you will be able to sleep large groups of up to 63 people.

Long Cart Cottage, Embleton NorthumbriaLong Cart Cottage (Embleton): This luxury cottage is part of a small development of holiday cottages at North Farm. With stunning views across Embleton Bay, this cottage sleeps 5 people across 3 bedrooms. There is a swimming pool on site for your exclusive use and a small track leads form the cottage straight to Embleton Bay where you can book the owner’s beach hut for an extended day on the beach!

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