Attractions in Northumberland

There are plenty of places to see and visit in Northumberland. Whether you love hiking or cycling, Northumberland is a region where 20 hidden gems are waiting to be explored and visited. Check the top places to visit in the region and plan your next adventure today.

The top 20 Attractions in Northumberland

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    Norham Castle

    Bike Touring Highlight

    On the south bank of the River Tweed amongst green meadows, lies Norham Castle. The Grade I listed building was built from 1099 to 1128 under Ranaulf Flambard, Bishop of …

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    Warkworth Castle

    Bike Touring Highlight

    Lying atop a steep hilltop above the river Croquet, Warkworth castle is an impressive fortress with towered walls that remain largely intact. Built in the 12th century, the castle had …

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    3

    Der Hadrianswall

    Hiking Highlight

    "The Hadrian's Wall was a Roman frontier fortification system of the British Limes, which was between Newcastle and Solway Firth, near the present-day border between Scotland and England in the …

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    Bamburgh Castle

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    Classic British coastal castle restored by Lord Armstrong with much to see and some cracking views out to sea and Farne Islands beyond.

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    Sycamore Gap has become an iconic image of Hadrian's Wall. Its position within the dip is extremely stunning and makes for an excellent photo opportunity. This spot has celebrity status, …

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    Seaton Sluice Harbour

    Bike Touring Highlight

    The small harbor of the dreamy coastal town of Seaton Sluice has its own charm. On the calm waters of Seaton Burn are countless colorful boats waiting to be navigated …

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    Freya's Cabin

    Bike Touring Highlight

    The Lakeside Path around Kielder Water is an excellent 27+ mile round trip on good surfaces with plenty of food and drink and toilets along the way. Wildflowers are very …

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    Hareshaw Linn

    Hiking Highlight

    This magnificent waterfall is located within a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Awarded the status its rare ferns and lichen, more than 300 different types of mosses, liverworts and lichen …

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    9

    Steel Rigg

    Hiking Highlight

    One of the most iconic features in the Northumbrian landscape, the cliff face of Steel Rigg shows how the Romans incorporated the natural landscape into their defences against the barbarians.

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    Wylam Railway Bridge

    Bike Touring Highlight

    Great little scenic location.

    An old railway bridge that became obsolete and was converted into a Cycleway/Footpath.

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    Housesteads Roman Fort

    Hiking Highlight

    Housesteads is the most complete Roman fort that survives in Britain. Set high on a dramatic escarpment on Hadrian's Wall, there are spectacular panoramic views from this point. As the …

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    Milecastle 39

    Hiking Highlight

    Milecastle 39, known as Castle Nick, is nestled between Highshield Crags and Peel Crags. With views to the north and south, it survives well. The milecastle appears to have been occupied until the late 4th century.

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    Good footwear recommended, path varies from gravel, to mud and rock.

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    Holy Island

    Hiking Highlight

    Visit Lindisfarne Castle (NT) and Lindisfarne Priory (English Heritage). Holy Island is also the starting point of both St Oswald's Way and St Cuthbert's Way. Do not miss to visit …

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    Thirlwall Castle

    Hiking Highlight

    With border war raging, life in Northumberland was dangerous between 1300 and 1600. Wealthy families like the Thirlwalls protected themselves by building strongholds like Thirlwall Castle. Built during the 12th …

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    Heavenfield

    Hiking Highlight

    On Hadrian's Wall Path and at the southern end of St Oswald's Way lies one of the most important sites in early northern Christianity. St Oswald's Church is at the …

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    Lindisfarne Castle

    Hiking Highlight

    Lindisfarne Castle is a fantastic place to visit an Edwardian holiday home created from an old abandoned Tudor Fort built by Henry Eighth to protect Holy Island harbour from potential …

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    Union Suspension Bridge

    Bike Touring Highlight

    Spanning the River Tweed from Horncliffe to Fishwick and therefore the border between England and Scotland, cycling over the Union Suspension Bridge is a beautiful experience.

    The bridge was opened …

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    DIRTY REIVER - Event HQ

    Bike Touring Highlight

    The event village at Kielder Castle will allow the riders access to: Toilets, hot and cold food, a campsite in close proximity, car parking. Please note that Kielder is a remote village with very limited facilities!

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    Aesica Roman Fort

    Hiking Highlight

    Aesica was the ninth fort on Hadrian's Wall and stands between Vercovicium to the east and Magnis to the west. The purpose of this stronghold was to guard the Caw …

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