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Visitor Attractions Links
Here are some website resources that you may find of interest or that might assist you in planning your self catering cottage holiday in Northumberland.
- Alnwick Castle
Visit Alnwick Castle which you may recognise as a film location, for everything from Harry Potter to Elizabeth to Becket to Blackadder.
- At Home In The Country
Owned by my nephew, please visit this website. Fabulous gifts for everyone.
"Inspired by the British countryside".
- Bamburgh Castle
Bamburgh Castle is a famous medieval castle built atop a seaside crag in a stunning location on Northumberland's best stretch of coastline.
- Bamburgh Village
Explore all that Bamburgh has to offer in this website, including eating out, local walks, sports, leisure and village history.
- Beamish Open Air Museum
Beamish Open Air Museum is a working museum which recreates how the people of the North of England lived and worked in the early 18th and 19th centuries. Beamish is in County Durham, 12 miles north west of Durham and 8 miles south west of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
- Berwick upon Tweed Barracks and Main Guard
English Heritage. Berwick Barracks, among the first in England to be purposebuilt, were begun in 1717 to the design of the distinguished architect Nicholas Hawksmoor. Today the Barracks hosts a number of attractions, including 'By Beat of Drum'; an exhibition on the life of the British infantryman. While there, visit the King's Own Scottish Borderers Museum, the Berwick Gymnasium Art Gallery and the Berwick Borough Museum.
- Billy Shiel's Boats to the Farne Islands
Explore The Farne Islands aboard the motor vessel 'Glad Tidings'.
- Chain Bridge Honey Farm
Visit the Chain Bridge Honey Farm on the banks of the River Tweed to learn more about bees, beekeeping and how the beeswax products are made. There is a shop selling the honey products and you can round off your visit by taking tea in the café situated in a double decker bus!
- Cragside Hall and Gardens, Rothbury
National Trust. Extraordinary Victorian house, gardens and estate; the wonder of its age.
- Dunstanburgh Castle, Craster
National Trust. Massive ruined castle in an impressive coastal setting. Fabulous walk along the cliffs from the village of Craster to the castle.
- Etal Castle, Etal
English Heritage. Etal was built in the mid-14th century by Robert Manners as a defence against Scots raiders, in a strategic position by a ford over the River Till. It fell to James IV's invading Scots army in 1513, immediately before their catastrophic defeat at nearby Flodden. An awardwinning exhibition tells the story of Flodden, and the Anglo-Scottish border warfare which ended with the accession of James I in 1603.
- Grace Darling Museum
Visit the Museum and read the story of Grace Darling and discover the details of what happened that stormy night in 1838 when Grace and her father risked a terrible storm to help those in danger.
- Lindisfarne Castle, Holy Island
National Trust. Romantic 16th-century castle with spectacular views, transformed by Lutyens into an Edwardian holiday home.
- Lindisfarne Priory, Holy Island
English Heritage. Lindisfarne Priory, cut off from the world by the tide twice a day, sits on the serene and beautiful Holy Island of Lindisfarne. The priory is famed as the home and original burial ground of St Cuthbert and is still a place of pilgrimage today. Take in panoramic views of the Northumbrian coast, unpack a picnic in the priory grounds and take a break from the hustle and bustle of modern life. Stroll around the richly-decorated, extensive ruins of the Monastic buildings which formed the living quarters of the monks, the remote setting adding to the unique atmosphere of the Priory.
- Norham Castle, Norham
English Heritage. Commanding a vital ford over the River Tweed, Norham was one of the strongest of the border castles, and the most often attacked by the Scots. Besieged at least 13 times, once for nearly a year by Robert Bruce, it was called 'the most dangerous and adventurous place in the country'. But even its powerful 12th-century keep and massive towered bailey walls could not resist James IV's heavy cannon, and it fell to him in 1513, shortly before his defeat at Flodden. The extensive 16th-century rebuilding which followed, adapting the fortress for its own artillery, is still clearly traceable.
- Swallow Fish Shop, Seahouses
Swallow Fish shop is a long established family business who still use the last fully operational 19th Century Smokehouse in Seahouses.
- The Alnwick Garden
The Alnwick Garden has beautifully landscaped gardens, magnificent architecture and unique features, all brought to life with water.
- Visit North East England
Discover North East England via this website including what to see and do.
- Wallington, Cambo
National Trust. Magnificent mansion with fine interiors and collections, set in an extensive garden and parkland. Lovely gardens.
- Warkworth Castle and Hermitage, Warkworth
English Heritage. 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 northern England. The castle's most famous owners were the Percy family, whose lion badge can be seen carved on many parts of their stronghold.Wielding almostkingly power in the North, their influence reached its apogee under the first Earl of Northumberland and his son 'Harry Hotspur', hero of many Border ballads as the bane of Scots raiders and a dominant character in Shakespeare's Henry IV. Having helped to depose Richard II, these turbulent 'kingmakers' both fell victim to Henry IV: the next three Percy Earls likewise died violent deaths.