Northumberland, famed for its Roman occupiers, undeveloped landscapes and National Park heritage, offers visitors outstanding natural beauty in spades. It offers countryside and coast, with some of the finest scenery found anywhere in Europe. Below is our guide for Northumberland’s top visitor attractions, top 5 restaurants, and children’s days out – so grab your camera, walking boots, car keys and coat (not forgetting the kids) and venture into England’s northernmost county.
Monday to Sunday 09:00 - 17:00
2. Bamburgh Castle
Bamburgh Castle is simply steeped in history. You can see, smell and taste the age of this powerful monument and discover evidence of people living at the castle back in 10,000BC! Explore the castles history, architecture and breath-taking views.
The castle has 14 public areas including State Rooms and a Clock Tower Tea Room, full of items to discover as well as a guided audio tour.
There is so much to do and see in Northumberland. Why not visit the coast and have a picnic after your visit to the castle?
11th February to 29th October 2017 - Open daily 10:00 to 17:00
29th October 2017 to 9th February 2018 - Open weekends only 11:00 to 16:30
Adults from £8.93
Kids from £4.02
01668 214 515
3. Alnwick CastleAlnwick Castle is a brilliant place to visit, where you will see medieval knights and be able to explore around the historic castle.
The castle is full of history with a collection of informative displays. Feel free to explore the different rooms and exhibitions, where you will learn all about the history of the castle! If you love films, you’ll know that Alnwick Castle was where popular film sets Robin Hood Prince of Thieves and Harry Potter was filmed.
If you plan to bring kids, they will love dressing up, doing quizzes and playing a range of games at the castle. Make sure to see what events are on before you visit, as there are seasonal events which take place throughout the year.
There is plenty for everyone to enjoy, so make sure to take your time in exploring Northumberland.
Opening hours in 2017:
Daily - 31st March - 29th October 2017
Adults - £15.50
Kids (5-16 years) - £8.00
Kids (0-4 years) - free of charge
Family (2 adults and up to 4 children) - £42.00
On your visit to Holy Island, make sure you cross the dramatic causeway to reach the island of Lindisfarne, a journey that will live in your memory forever. Follow in the footsteps of the ancient monks who built their priory here nearly 1,400 years ago, and explore the wild coastal beauty of Holy Island. Visit the English Heritage run museum and find out about Viking raids, the cult of St Cuthbert, and the beautiful medieval manuscript: the Lindisfarne Gospels.
There are varied exhibits to enjoy such as The Viking exhibit, Exhibition of Island Life and also displays about farming, mining and fishing. Lindisfarne is full of history, where you will learn about people and animals from over the years.
If you fancy a morning exploring Lindisfarne, make sure to plan your visit and see what events are taking place, if there are any seasonal events. On. There is something for everyone to enjoy in Northumberland!
Check online for opening times and tide timetable.
Adult: £4.00 Child (5 to 15 years): £2.00 Concession: £3.50 Family (2 adults and 2 children): £10.00 Under 5s go free.
5. Northumberland Coast
The Northumberland Coast won holiday destination of the year in 2017 and offers 30 miles of beautiful beaches. It offers traditional seaside attractions including piers, arcades, coastal towns and a delicious fish and chips.
Northumberland is a picturesque place to visit as it offers a range of sceneries such as the coast and countryside. Why not take a walk along the promenade or enjoy a walk down the beach, feeling the sand between your toes? There are a range of attractions in Northumberland, so why not spend the morning at the beach and go and explore what’s nearby? Northumberland has more castles than any other country in England, including Bamburgh, Lindisfarne, Dunstanburgh and Warkworth – all standing along the stunning coastline.
There is also a huge adventure park to visit, so if you plan on going with family, they’ll love windsurfing, coasteering and much more. Or why not relax down the beach and enjoy the coastal views?
Top 5 kid’s activities
There are countless fun days out and activities for children to enjoy!
1. The Alnwick Garden
The Alnwick Garden has the world’s largest wooden tree houses, rope bridges and sky walkways. There is also a wonderful place to eat in the treetops and Woodland Walk.
In the garden, you’ll find the Grand Cascade with a range of water features and beautiful ornamental gardens. Make sure to explore all the gardens and don’t miss out on seeing the Serpent Garden, which features interactive water features, a Bamboo Labyrinth and a Poison Garden – Don’t miss out on exploring the dangerous plants and their stories!
There are various family events which take place throughout the year, so make sure to check before visiting.
Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 18:00
Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 16:00
Closed Christmas Day.
Garden and Castle combined ticket (lesser tickets available)
Kids 5 to 15 years: £10.40
Under 4s: Free
Family Ticket: from £62.70
Car Park: £3.50
2. Falconry Day
Falconry Day is a wonderful family business, who have a real passion for birds and their habitats. If you love birds of prey, you’ll love Falconry Day where you will find out all about the birds and much more.
If you plan on visiting with a large family, there is a great Family Falconry Experience, or for one adult and one child, there is a Mini Family Activity Day – There is something for everyone to enjoy!
You will get to meet and hold the birds and learn about their habitats and hunting techniques. If you love owls, then don’t miss out on the Owl Encounter, where you will see a range of British species and baby owls!
Monday to Sunday 11:00 - 16:00
Experiences must be booked in advance.
Family (2 adults and 2 children): £21
Additional children: £3.50
Full day Individual: £99
Half day Individual: £79
Family Falconry Day (2 adults and 2 children): £125
Additional cost of £25.
Lady Hill Farm
3. Northumberland Country Zoo
All children love going to the zoo, so make sure to visit Northumberland Country Zoo! There are a range of lovely animals and farmyard animals to meet and learn about.
Northumberland Country Zoo is set in 15 acres of beautiful countryside, in the heart of Northumberland. Children will love meeting all the animals and learning all about their habitats. If you have younger children, they will love cute and small animals over at the farmyard.
After a fun day out, why not play some crazy golf before you leave? There is so much family fun to be had Northumberland Country Zoo! Feel free to bring your own picnic and enjoy lunch in the picnic area.
March to September
Monday to Saturday 09:30 - 17:00
Sunday 09:30 - 16:00
October to February
Monday to Sunday 09:30 - 16:00
Child (3-15): £4.75
Under 3: Free
Animal Feed: 50p
Eshottheugh in Felton
4. Chain Bridge Honey Farm
Love honey? Make sure to visit Chain Bridge Honey Farm, where you can discover the extraordinary tale of bees and honey! There are lots of displays at the farm, which explains all about bees and honey.
Don’t miss out on seeing the most popular display, the observation hive, where a living colony of bees can be seen behind the glass. Children will love watching the bees dance around and bring in pollen.
After an exciting morning or afternoon out, make sure you visit The Bus Cafe where you can enjoy delicious ice cream… honey of course!
Chain Bridge Honey Farm is a great place to take the kids, where they can experience a fun and educational day out.
Winter (November to March)
Monday to Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Summer (April to October)
Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 17:00
5. Kielder Water Bird of Prey Centre
Kielder Water Bird of Prey Centre offers North England’s largest Birds Of Prey collection, where you will discover a range of species and be able to observe their habitats.
Children will love falcons swoop down from the skies at over 100mph as well as seeing the speed of Eagles, Hawks and Kites. There are also great opportunities to hold the birds – make sure to check the flying times and displays before you visit.
After discovering the different species of birds, why not take a walk around the grounds where you will spot other wildlife such as badgers, deer, otters and various other birds – If you’re lucky, you might see some bats in the evening!
Monday to Sunday 10:30 - 16:30
Closed on Christmas Day.
Leaplish Waterside Park
Top 5 restaurants in Northumberland
On your visit to Northumberland, make sure to book a table at one of these delicious restaurants. Whether you're feeling a pub meal or fine dining, there are a variety of restaurants to choose from!
1. Langley Castle Restaurant
2. The Josephine Restaurant
Langley Castle Hotel
3. The Craster Seafood Restaurant
4. Jasper's Bistro
8 Bridge Street
5. Piper's Pitch
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Craster car park