Northumberland, famous for its rich history and castles, breathtaking countryside and golden beaches, is the perfect location for a short break or a longer stay. With huge expanses of untouched countryside, national parks and areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it will take many, many visits to explore the area, so start from an ideal base at Elford.
There are 8 golf courses and 5 castles within a 20 mile radius of the site, and fishing, walking, water sports and riding can be enjoyed nearby. The Farne Islands, reached by boat from Seahouses, are known worldwide for their bird life, marine life, and their association with Grace Darling, the life boat heroine.
Lindisfarne or Holy Island, with its ancient Priory, is of particular interest for its place in the history of early Christianity in Britain. The wild cattle of Chillingham – the only surviving herd of wild cattle in Britain are near at hand. The Scottish Borders, Keilder Forest with its huge man-made lake, and the Roman Wall are within easy reach for interesting excursions.
Another attraction that is new and bringing visitors to the region in their droves is the Alnwick Castle Gardens, the brainchild of the current Duchess of Northumberland, rebuilding and adding to the old garden which was dug up to be used in the war effort, now beautifully sculpted around the magnificent cascading water fountain, the largest in a European Garden. This has to be seen in person, to be truly appreciated. The Castle itself is a magnificent site , parts of which can be seen in the Harry Potter films, as it was used as a set for Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Northumberland is of course a wide and varied land, holding treasures from prehistoric times through to the cutting edge of the 21st century. There is plenty to see and do all year round, you will not be disappointed when you visit us here, in fact, you would not be alone if you fell in love with this fair county, many before you and many more to come will do the same.
For more details on the beauties of this region, visit the web site of: The Northumberland Tourist Board.