5 Reasons to visit Northumberland

If you’re looking for the perfect getaway without the hassle of travelling abroad then come to Northumberland. The rich history and heritage is made complete with spectacular scenery and friendly, welcoming people.

There is no place quite like Northumberland and here are my 5 reasons you have to experience it.

1. Largest area of protected dark skies in Europe

Northumberland is proud to boast the darkest skies in England and as a result of this you are able to go to Kielder and witness the universe in a way you have never seen it before.

As a county, Northumberland is array with incredible scenery and this is why these special dark skies are protected from light pollution.

Dark Skies

This is the perfect spot for a romantic date admiring the beauties of the universe or a great educational experience for all the family.

2. Home to some fascinating ancestors

Cragside HouseNorthumberland has been the home of some extraordinary characters over the years and one of the most wonderful has to be Lord Armstrong.

Lord Armstrong was an inventor who resided within the walls of Cragside house. When visiting the huge home you can delve inside and explore. Here you will discover a few of the gadgets that he created and get a feel of how a revolutionary mind worked.

Cragside house was the first in the world to be lit by hydroelectric power which is a small insight into how intelligent this man was.

The gardens that surround the mansion are stunning and all down to the hard work of Lord Armstrong and Lady Armstrong. If you come to Northumberland the beauty of Cragside really is a must see.

3. Over 70 castles to see

If there’s one thing Northumberland isn’t short of, it’s castles. With over 70 to choose from you are literally spoilt for choice.

A couple that I’d strongly recommend you to see are Bamburgh Castle, Alnwick Castle and Warkworth Castle as these offer very entertaining days out.

All of the castles in Northumberland offer their very own fascinating story and due the bloody nature of the county you will be sure to fall in love will all of the tales.

4. Alnwick Castle and Gardens

One of the most popular destinations in Northumberland for tourists of all ages has to be Alnwick Castle and Gardens. Here you can see the impressive castle that was the inspiration for Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films.

Take a tour of the famous castle and you’ll be excited to know that there is always something happening here for all the family to get involved in.

Castle of Alnwick

Once you’ve explored the castle you can head over the Alnwick Gardens which surround the awe-inspiring castle.

The gardens are vast here and offer a truly unique day out with a plethora of delightful plants, some incredible water features, and a maze that will keep the kids entertained for hours.

5. Get your hiking boots on

Hiking NorthumberlandIf you fancy a getaway that involves a great deal of exploring and hiking whilst also discovering some interesting things then Northumberland is the place for you.

There are hundreds of great walking trails in Northumberland that offer you some amazing scenery as well as engrossing areas.

Hadrian’s Wall is a great example of this as the vast and natural area on the trail is incredibly beautiful and you also get to see the wonderful Wall that carries so much history with it.

There are so many reasons to come to Northumberland but if you do make sure you stay with us at Warkworth House Hotel for a great night sleep in a great location.

About Sandra Thomas

Sandra Thomas handles the administration and accounts side of Warkworth House Hotel but occasionally helps with front of house duties which involves serving in the restaurant, working behind the bar and handling the reception duties.

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