Things to do in Northumberland

Scotland Travel Blog October, 2020

Explore, learn, have fun and relax

To celebrate our newest holiday cottage, PELS Haven, we wanted to showcase some of the fun activities, day trips and places to visit while in Northumberland.

Whether you're just in the area for a day or staying for a short while, there's plenty to do.








First up, castles

Bamburgh, Castle, Sunrise, Coast


The best place by far, for touring castles and ruins in the UK is Northumberland, with its 70 sites and iconic scenery. From these sites, you'll be able to experience the best views of the Northumberland coast and countryside.

Visit the seat of power for Northumberland's previous rulers with a trip to Bamburgh Castle, now a stunningly restored historic site and venue for hire. If you have Harry Potter fans with you, you'll want to visit the 'Windsor of the North' or Alnwick Castle. Used as a double for Hogwarts, you can grab a broom and explore the beautiful grounds.

If you're looking to end your holiday with ruins, take a read of our blog post of some of Northumberland's must-see castle sites. Many of the area's castles will give you a peek into the past and an exciting lesson of history with tours, onsite museums, visitor centres and seasonal events. 

Museums and a look into the past

Church, Holy Island, St Mary The Virgin

If you're looking to explore an alternate subject on your visit, one suggestion we have is the Grace Darling Museum. Here, you'll learn more of the amazing story of Grace Darling, a young girl who risked her life during a terrible storm to save lives. Filled with artefacts from Grace's tale, it's a fascinating story from the area's history. 

Alternatively, the Woodhorn Museum is the place to immerse yourself in the stories of Northumberland, its art and stories of its culture through the ages. With collections on everything from Archaeology and Architecture to Technology and musical instruments, you'll find something to pique your interest. Don't forget to pop into the gift shop for a souvenir.

Animals, books and deadly plants

Goat, Nanny Goat, Animal, Mammal

For a more child-friendly day out, there is the Whitehouse Farm Centre which is filled with animals, events and games to keep children of any age happy. If you visit during Halloween or Christmas, the centre always has fun times planned for guests. 

The young ones would also explore the beautiful Northumberland countryside and its islands, such as the Farne Islands or Holy Island. The whole family can walk, cycle or drive through some truly spectacular scenery.

For nature lovers, Northumberland is home to Alnwick Gardens, which is not your average collection of plants. Also known as The Poison Garden, you can wander or take a tour of this beautiful but deadly collection of the world's poisonous plant life.

Our final suggestion is somewhere you can grab a good book, find a comfy armchair, relax with a drink in front of an open fire, Barter Books. Located inside an old railway station, there's a cafe and shelves and shelves of books to suit anyone's taste.

There we have it, some of our suggestions for activities and places to visit while in Northumberland. We do hope we've at least provided some inspiration for your trip and if you're staying in one of our lovely cottages, get in touch. We'd be happy to recommend a whole range of things to do. 

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