Guide to Northumberland Holidays, UK

Undoubtedly one of the finest features of Northumberland is the magnificent coast which stretches from St Mary’s Island in the south to Berwick-upon-Tweed on the border with Scotland. Still very much unspoilt, it has wide sandy beaches, fishing villages and castles such as Bamburgh and Dunstanburgh.

In 1958, an area of 50sq miles in Northumberland, from Berwick to Coquet, including Holy Island and the Farne Group was designated and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

No visit to this area of the North east of England is possible without a trip to the Northumberland National park. The park is one of the smallest of the UK’s National parks, but packs a lot into a small area. To give you an idea the park is half the size of Snowdonia and the Lake District. Its most northernly point is at Wooler and stretches to just south of Hadrian’s Wall. Much of the park is made of moorland and rough pasture.

One of the most popular tourist attractions in Northumberland is Holy Island, visited by half a million people each year. At 10 miles from Berwick, this island is visited mostly between Spring and Autumn; Lindisfarne Castle, a 16th century artillery fort, is open between March to October. Access to the Island is by a causeway, more notably in the news for its ability to take those cars who try to make the crossing after high tide warnings have been given out, into its waters.

Top 5 walks in Northumberland

  • 1. Holy Island
  • 2. Allen Banks
  • 3. Happy Valley
  • 4. Featherstone Castle
  • 5. Hadrian’s Wall and the Whin Sill

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