Northumberland is the most northern county in England. It is a special place where evidence of the past is all around you.
Northumberland is the most northerly county in England. With an abundance of rich and turbulent history, stunning scenery and diverse wildlife – there’s something of interest for everyone.
Throughout the ages, people have settled around Alnmouth to take advantage of the sheltered estuary of the River Aln. In the middle ages, Alnmouth became a profitable port with grain being shipped and stored around the estuary and it even attracted the odd pirate or two!
Today people visit Alnmouth because of its beautiful sandy beaches and quaint village charm. The high street is bustling in summer with several art and gift shops to explore.
Alnmouth also boasts not one, but two golf courses. Alnmouth Village Golf Club is England’s oldest 9 hole links golf course and Alnmouth Golf Club at Foxton Hall has recently been listed as one of the Top 100 Hidden Gem Golf Courses in the UK by Golf Monthly magazine.
For those keen to get wet, there are opportunities for kayaking, diving, surfing and if you fancy hurling yourself off a cliff into the crashing waves below, you may enjoy a spot of Coasteering. Although, rather you than me if I’m honest.
Alnmouth has also become a hub for art lovers with its annual Arts Festival running on the weekend of 17th & 18th June 2017.
Another annual event not to be missed is the Alnmouth Beer Festival which takes place at The Red Lion Inn itself! Take a look at our Facebook page for more information and remember to book a room early if you’d like to stay.
For those wishing to explore this hugely diverse county, The Red Lion Inn, Alnmouth makes a great base. Northumberland has more castles than any other English county – testament to its once less tranquil past! Just down the road is the village of Warkworth and it’s magnificently preserved castle , an English Heritage property which is often used in TV dramas and films. A short journey north brings you to the market town of Alnwick. Alnwick is the ancestral home of the Duke of Northumberland and Alnwick Castle was also one of the main sets for Hoggwarts in the Harry Potter movies. Alnwick also boasts The Alnwick Garden. A contemporary garden and visitor attraction designed by the Duchess of Northumberland.
Slightly further afield, but well worth the trips, are the romantic cliff-top ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle and the landmark of the imposing Bamburgh Castle which comes complete with its own legends of dragons and associations with King Arthur!
A boat trip to The Farne Islands aboard the ‘Billy Shiels’ is a must to appreciate our diverse wildlife. The Farne Island boat trips sail from Seahouses most days (weather dependant of course). This archipelago, lying just several miles off the Northumberland coast, is one of the most important sea bird sanctuary’s in the British Isles and home to a vast array of birds, including the comical puffins who reside peacefully alongside a colony of grey seals. Northumberland even has it’s own pod of resident dolphins, who occasionally make an appearance during the boat trips, playing and delighting the visitors.
Other sites not to be missed include trips to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, walks and bike rides in the Northumberland National Park and perhaps a sail or wander in one of Europes largest forests at Kielder.
The area in the National Park have recently been designated as Europes largest Dark Sky Park, meaning that the attractions in Northumberland don’t vanish once the sun goes down!
To help you make the most of your visit to Northumberland we’ve teamed up with some of our top visitor attractions to provide our staying customers with discount entrance vouchers.
Just contact us for more details.