Bamburgh Castle is a breathtaking castle with views to Lindisfarne and the Farne Islands. It has fourteen rooms plus collections of porcelain, glassware, paintings and tapestries. The Armstrong and Aviation Artefacts Museum contains relics from two world wars and the famous Spitfire. Bamburgh beach is just on the doorstep. Miles of beautiful clean sand with the impressive Castle as a backdrop is yet another area to explore. Some other castles close by are are Warkworth, Tynemouth, Barnard, Dunstanburgh, Etal, Prudhoe and Aydon.
Alnwick Castle is home to the Duke & Duchess of Northumberland and is open from April-October each year. Popular with Harry Potter fans and historians alike, visit the sumptuous state rooms or take a magical mystery tour. Learn about the life of the Percy family who have lived at the Castle for over 700 years.
Alnwick Garden is only a few minutes away from the Castle. Open every day (apart from Christmas Day) the Garden attracts visitors from all over the world. The Grand Cascade is truly breathtaking and has a number of fountains and water features. Children can play in the beautiful water sculptures or if you want to meander around the ornamental rose garden, you will find handcrafted benches to enjoy the scenery. The cherry orchard has been planted with hundreds of cherry trees which will blossom in Spring with millions of petals. Finally, no visit to Alnwick Garden is complete without a trip to the infamous Treehouse. This quirky and unique restaurant built in the trees serves fine dining and day time meals.
Cross the dramatic tidal causeway, to explore the fantastic isolated beaches, Lindisfarne Priory and Castle. Experience the jewel in the crown of Northumberland and its unique tranquillity and spirituality.
If you fancy a boat ride, then visit The Farne Islands, two miles off the coast of Seahouses home to wildlife and thousands of birds. Visitors can see puffins, guillemots or the colony of grey seals on the island. Boat trips leave the harbour every day from April to September.
Seahouses developed as a result of its natural harbour and the fishing industry that grew up around it. In recent years the fishing industry has declined but the townscape, language, industries and character of Seahouses still reflect its maritime origins. Seahouses is the largest settlement in the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, lies on a Heritage Coastline and there are two national nature reserves close by: Lindisfarne and The Farne Islands.
Cragside House was built by Lord Armstrong, a pioneer of the Industrial Revolution. Surrounded by thousands of rhododendron bushes and some of the tallest trees in Britain, it is a delight for the naturalist and for those interested in historic homes.