The area is rich with history from the Lindisfarne Priory, built roughly in 1150 to being known home to multiple castles such as the Warkworth, Alwick and Barnburgh to name a few. The National Trust’s Farne Islands is waiting to be explored and protects the seal and seabird species. Hadrian's wall, which started being built in 117 AD, to separate the Roman and Barbarian territories, is a site not to be missed too!
Northumberland captured in beautiful watercolour
The original home to the Lindisfarne Gospels, was one of the most important centres of early Christianity in Anglo-Saxon England. Today you can stroll around the Monastic buildings which formed the living quarters of the monks and explore the fascinating history of this site in the exciting visitor centre. Its remote setting adds to the unique atmosphere of the Priory, however please note as the causeway floods at high tide, it is very important to check the tide times before crossing.
The Farne Islands
The Farne Islands are a group of islands off the coast of Northumberland, England. There are between 15 and 20 islands depending on the state of the tide. They are scattered about 1.5 to 4.75 miles from the mainland. As well as being the most famous Sea Bird Sanctuary in the British Isles they also have a large colony of Atlantic or Grey Seals.
Berwick-upon-Tweed is a town in the county of Northumberland. It is the northernmost town in England, at the mouth of the River Tweed on the east coast, 2.5 miles south of the Scottish border. No other town in North East England has had a more eventful history than Berwick, as it has changed hands between England and Scotland thirteen times.
Is a 14th-century fortification on the coast of Northumberland in northern England, between the villages of Craster and Embleton. The castle was built by Earl Thomas of Lancaster between 1313 and 1322, taking advantage of the site's natural defences and the existing earthworks of an Iron Age fort.
Is a castle and country house in Alnwick in the English county of Northumberland. It is the seat of The 12th Duke of Northumberland, built following the Norman conquest and renovated and remodelled a number of times. The current duke and his family live in the castle, but occupy only a part of it. The castle is open to the public throughout the summer. After Windsor Castle, it is the second largest inhabited castle in England.
Cragside House, Gardens and Woodland is a truly unique visitor attraction in the heart of Northumberland. Situated near Rothbury, it was the family home of Lord Armstrong, Victorian inventor and industrialist. Cragside was the first building in the world to be lit by hydroelectricity.
The magnificent cross-shaped keep of Warkworth, crowning a hilltop rising steeply above the River Coquet, dominates one of the largest, strongest and most impressive fortresses in Northumberland. The castle was probably laid out in its present form in about 1200 and was the favoured residence of the powerful Percy family from the 14th to the 17th centuries. As the Earls (and later Dukes) of Northumberland, they were among the greatest landowners in northern England.
Hadrian’s Wall was built by the Roman army on the orders of the emperor Hadrian following his visit to Britain in AD 122. It was 80 Roman miles or 117.5 km (73.0 mies) long; its width and height varied according to the construction materials available nearby. It crossed northern Britain from Wallsend on the River Tyne in the east to Bowness-on-Solway in the west. A significant portion of the wall still stands today and can be followed on foot along the adjoining Hadrian's Wall Path.
Was designed by Robert Stephenson in 1829, and built at the Forth Street Works of his company in Newcastle upon Tyne. It was built to run on the Liverpool and Manchester Railway, the world’s first inter-city passenger railway line. In 1829, Rocket won the Rainhill Trials, which was a competition to decide on the best mode of transport for the railway. Rocket was the only locomotive to successfully complete the trials, averaging 12 mph and achieving a top speed of 30 mph.
The Holy Island of Lindisfarne, also known simply as Holy Island, is a tidal island and is one of the most important centres of early English Christianity. Irish monks settled here in AD 635 and the monastery became the centre of a major saint’s cult celebrating its bishop, Cuthbert.
Bamburgh Castle occupies a strong defensive position on top of a long volcanic crag overlooking the North Sea. The site has been occupied since pre-historic times and, by the late Iron Age, was an important settlement of the Votadini tribe. The castle has evolved from a wooden palisade to the formidable fortress it is today. Open all year round it welcomes visitors to enjoy the grounds and staterooms. From the medieval kitchen to grandeur of the Victorian Kings Hall there are fourteen rooms to explore.