Northumberland – An independent spirit
Described as ‘the Holiday Destination of the Year’ by BBC’s Countryfile Magazine Awards 2017 and with more than 30 miles of magnificent coastline and world class attractions, it’s very easy to see why.
Northumberland has more castles than any other county in England, many of which, including Warkworth, Dunstanburgh, Bamburgh and Lindisfarne, stand guard along this beautiful coastline.
Top of your list will probably be a visit to Holy Island of Lindisfarne, before exploring the stunning beaches and picturesque fishing villages that are dotted along this unspoilt coastline and heading inland a little to enjoy Alnwick Castle and Gardens and Hadrian’s Wall within Northumbria National Park.
There is just so much to see and do in Northumberland and once you visit, will discover for yourself why people can’t wait to return to this special part of the world, time and time again.
Classed as the “Windsor of the North” it’s the second largest inhabited Castle in Britain, home to the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland.
There is much to see and do – History, Art, Landscapes, fun for the children, dining, shopping, and exploring.
Only a five-minute drive away, one of the finest Castles in Britain, home of the Armstrong family. The magnificent Kings Hall, Armstrong Museum Armoury and Dungeon or visit the clock tower tea-rooms. Nestled in the shadow of the Castle is the brilliant blue flag beach, which stretches as far as the eye can see.
Chain Bridge Honey Farm
A free attraction with a wealth of information on bees and bee keeping, see colonies of bees at work in the observation hive and take the opportunity to purchase some delicious honey or many other natural products.
Chillingham Castle and Cattle
A quadrangular Castle comprising of four towers and living accommodation built around a central courtyard, Chillingham comes complete with a jousting course, alarming dungeon and torture chamber. The home of Sir Humphrey Wakefield. Chillingham wild cattle are a unique herd of wild white cattle that have lived here for over 700 years and are the sole survivors of their breed.
Cragside House and Park
Situated 1 mile north of Rothbury. The first house in the world to be lit by electricity. The Victorian home of Lord Armstrong filled with ingenious gadgets and incredible inventions. There is forty miles of footpaths and beautiful gardens famed for its rhododendrons, picnic spots, adventure play area, labyrinth and restaurant.
Boat trips available from Seahouses harbour, two to three miles off the Northumberland coast. The most famous sea bird Sanctuary in the British Isles, there is also a large colony of Atlantic grey seals. Trips are available through a selection of operators lasting from 1½ hours to 6 depending on the operator and choice of tour.
Ford and Etal
Lying in the valley of the river Till these small picturesque villages offer much to see and do. Etal Castle, visit the haunting 14th century castle. Stop for lunch in Northumberland’s only thatched pub. Then take a ride on Heatherslaw light railway or visit the corn mill and take some traditional products or a plant home from the local nursery and find just enough time to visit Ford Village and the Lady Waterford Hall.
Lindisfarne aka Holy Island
The island can be reached at low tide across a causeway several miles long; a good mixture of attractions includes Castle, Priory, beautiful dunes and enchanting village life. The Castle: built in 1530 saw little military action; the Garrison was removed in 1820. It was given to the National Trust in 1944. The Priory: In 1803, 200 years after it was originally founded by St Aiden, Monks from Durham built a new Priory and renamed it Holy Island.
Situated on the banks of the river Tweed, built in 1758, Paxton has varied attractions, 80 acres of gardens, parkland, woodland and riverside walks highland cattle and ponies. The picture gallery is the largest gallery of any country house in Scotland. Paxton even has its own teddy in residence, “Paxton Ted” and special events such as sports days and teddy bears picnics are arranged for the children.
The Alnwick Garden
Gardening on a grand scale. Open 364 days a year. The centrepiece of the garden is the grand cascade, the largest in the country; you can also enjoy the rose, ornamental and poison gardens. Test your skill in the labyrinth, or go high into the trees in the tree house, an enormous structure with truly exceptional walkways or why not rest and try local Northumbrian fayre in the tea-room. A mix of the unique and beautiful create an enchanted landscape.
We very much enjoyed the campsite. The kitchen area for wigwam users was a great touch and made a huge difference to our dining options. All public areas well maintained and clean.
Our daughter loves coming to Warren mill and has great fun. The staff are always helpful and friendly and we’ve made lots of great memories and look forward to making lots more soon.
A great find, can’t recommend the park enough to others whether seasoned campers or first timers…
Even in October for our last stay we found the park to be in superb condition. A great tribute to the hard working park staff which was much appreciated. We look forward to returning in 2018.
The staff are always very friendly and go out of their way to help. My daughter loves Warren Mill and is always in the park playing before we start setting things up. It’s a lovely friendly site that I often recommend to people I know.
Thank-you very much for an enjoyable stay. It has been my favourite camping trip. I loved the adult only camp area. Highly recommended to friends.
Excellent staff. Very welcoming! They keep a very close eye on all aspects of the park and take immediate action to attend to any problems which arise.
We absolutely love this place and will definitely return.
Excellent park, easy to get to, will definitely recommend to friends and family and will return in the future.
Exceptionally clean shower block and very helpful friendly staff.
We stayed for 2 nights in a tent. Our children loved it! They loved the parks, the outdoor pools, football pitches and large grassed areas throughout to play games.
Overall, we really enjoy staying at the park and find it very friendly and well maintained.