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Northumberland is a land of big adventures, breath taking beauty and unlimited possibilities. Discover romantically ruinous castles, barely-visited beaches, bunting-strewn market towns, and enjoy unlimited experiences. Get involved in it all, or get away from it all. The activities and experiences on offer in Northumberland are never-ending. Be dazzled by the dark skies, try something new with your family by your side, or discover remote landscapes where there isn't a soul in sight.
TransPennine Express trains to the Northumberland coast call at Morpeth, Alnmouth and Berwick-upon-Tweed. From all three stations a network of local bus services link to villages along the Northumberland coast as well as further afield in Northumberland. Borders Buses also have a direct response service where you can book a shared journey by bus. More information on travelling around the Northumberland coast is available on visitnorthumberland.com
A visit to the Northumberland coast wouldn’t be complete without exploring one of its many castles. Bamburgh Castle standing guard 150 feet above the spectacular coastline, Dunstanburgh Castle which is reached by a 1.5 mile coastal walk or Warkworth Castle with it’s almost complete great tower. A little inland is Alnwick Castle, the second largest inhabited castle in the country as well as appearing as Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films. Next door is The Alnwick Garden with its stunning Grand Cascade, mysterious Bamboo Laryrinth and intriguing Poison Garden. Woodhorn museum brings to life Northumberland’s mining history.
Sample smoked kippers, taste tea at the home of Earl Grey himself, shell out on exquisite seafood and sip on Mead fit for monks on The Holy Island of Lindisfarne Island in Northumberland. Dine in a fairy-lit treetop at The Treehouse Restaurant, tuck into a homemade cake at The Drift Cafe or enjoy mouthwatering local cuisine with a twist at Foxtons Restaurant and Wine Bar. Inspired by the town’s seafood industry, head to the Northumberland Seafood Centre in Amble for the freshest catches from the Northumberland coast. Continue up the coast to Craster, home to the famous Craster Kipper.
Enjoy the fresh air with walks along the Northumberland coast. Dive with grey seals, stand up paddle board into the sunset, and row along rivers with Northumberland’s watersports. The incredible coast lets you explore off-shore, and there are excellent providers offering equipment rental and lesson bookings. Visit Holy Island, cut off by tides twice a day (Make sure to check safe crossing times in advance), where you’ll discover pubs and cafes, a coastal castle and ancient priory. Step back in time and take a history tour of Berwick-upon-Tweed including the jail cells with 18th century graffiti, Berwick Barracks and the Elizabethan Town Walls.
For more ideas on what to do on the Northumberland Coast check out Visit Northumberland
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