Northumberland Visitor information

Northumberland

An Introduction to Northumberland

Northumberland, is home to many historic market or ford towns such as Berwick upon Tweed, Alnwick, Hexham, Morpeth and Rothbury. The county features a long and dramatic coast to the east, moorland to west and Roman ruins in the south. The area has been fought over by the Scots and English throughout the centuries. The county is predominantly rural and features both the rolling moorland of the Cheviots and coastal castles of Lindisfarne and Bamburgh.

Things to do in Northumberland

Alnwick castle, used as the set for Hogwarts in Harry Potter, is one of the many castles in the area which also includes Warkworth Castle. Lindisfarne Priory was the home of St. Cuthbert and is open to visitors. Hadrians Wall can also be visited as well as the beach and the Kieder observatory. Northumberland National Park is beautiful and it is rarely busy.

Getting to Northumberland

By Air

Newcastle Airport can be reached in less than an hour from most places in the county.

By Car

Northumberland has access from Scotland and the south via the A1 London to Edinburgh motorway running the length of the county. The A69 and A66 connect to the M6 and the A19 provides an alternative route from the south, linking the Port of Tyne to Northumberland.

By Train

Stations in Northumberland on the East Coast mainline from London Kings Cross to Aberdeen include Newcastle, Morpeth, Alnmouth and Berwick-upon-Tweed. The region is situated just over three hours from London Kings Cross.

By Coach and Bus

National Express travel all over the county to Northumberland. Megabus is also available for long distance travel. Bus operators in the area include Stagecoach and Arriva.