It’s official – Northumberland has been designated as the most tranquil county in England. And that’s ironic given its long tradition of turbulent border warfare – but it’s that very heritage which has given the county and its many attractions a special flavour today.
Discover beautiful, remote Northumberland with a tour!
The UNESCO World Heritage Site Hadrian’s Wall draws you into the life of a Roman soldier living 2,000 years ago at this, northernmost edge of the Roman Empire. Chesters, Housesteads, Corbridge and Vindolanda Roman fort sites each have their own special story to tell and a visit to one or all will help unravel this most fascinating period of Northumberland’s history.
Then there are Northumberland’s ancient medieval castles galore where ancient doors swing open to welcome modern visitors. Warkworth and Dunstanburgh castles form picture-perfect romantic ruins. Bamburgh and Alnwick castles are still family homes today – as well as important historic sites. There are castles with art collections, castles with gardens, castles with views and castles with ghosts. There is sure to be a castle for you – including the “New Castle” of Newcastle upon Tyne (see more on Newcastle here).
And no tour to Northumberland would be complete without a visit to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne. For sheer atmosphere Lindisfarne is hard to beat. Discover the island’s place in the development of early Christianity and follow in the footsteps of the 7th century Saints Aidan, Cuthbert and Oswald.
Add more than a dash of beautiful gardens, stately country houses with links to famous people, lively market towns such as Hexham and Rothbury and hidden gems such as Blanchland and you won’t fail to fall under Northumberland’s spell.
Northumberland – for all seasons and all reasons.
Whatever it is you are looking for, let North East England Tourist Guides help you on your journey of discovery and help you make the most of your visit. From coach tours through the border county, walking tours through beautiful Alnwick or hiking tours along Hadrian’s Wall… Let us know what you are looking for and we will be sure to help.