Holiday cottages in Northumberland
Find your perfect holiday cottage in Northumberland. Northumberland is the most northerly county in England. With more than thirty miles of beaches, the coastline is simply spectacular. Northumberland has more castles than any other county in England many of which stand guard along the dramatic coast.
Whitley Bay, in the south of the county, is a small seaside town historically part of Northumberland and now administered as part of Tyneside. Here there is a lot to offer along the coastal strip from the picturesque St Mary’s Island to the historic Fish Quay. Explore St Mary’s lighthouse and visitors centre reached between tides via a short causeway. Enjoy spending time in the bustling shops, independent outlets or simply walk along the waterfront.
Moving north in the heart of Northumberland, lies Alnwick, famous for its unspoilt beauty and is one of the most picturesque areas of countryside in England, with long sandy beaches, pretty villages, the Simonside and Cheviot Hills, well preserved gardens, numerous stately homes and top of the list is Alnwick Castle, home to the Duke of Northumberland.
Back to the coast, Beadnell Village is set at the end of the beautiful stretch of beach known as Beadnell Bay, well known as one of the best places for water sports. Its harbour lies at the North end of the bay and from there the beach backed by huge sand dunes stretches for miles. Above Beadnell, board a boat trip at Seahouses bound for the Farne Islands, one of the UK’s top wildlife experiences. During the breeding season around 150,000 seabirds can be found here. Visit the famous Fisherman’s Kitchen where historic fishing memorabilia is displayed alongside the catch of the day. The beaches at Seahouses are pristine and you can simply potter on the sands, go rock pooling or just relax. Nearby Embleton, another small village is famous for its bay, a wide sandy beach that carries on for miles. Dunstanburgh Castle provides the dramatic backdrop to this beautiful bay and is worth a visit.
Bamburgh, is a large village on the coast above Seahouses, notable for its imposing castle, overlooking the beach and its association with the Victorian heroine, Grace Darling, who is buried there. An area of outstanding natural beauty, Bamburgh was awarded the Blue Flag rural beach award in 2005.
Lying further north just a few miles off the coast, you can cross the sands and causeway to Holy Island, both an island and picturesque village. Holy Island carries a wealth of history within its walls. Experience the serenity of Lindisfarne Priory, birthplace of the Lindisfarne Gospels cut off from the world and explore the fascinating history of this site in the visitor centre. Discover the story of the monks who lived on Holy Island, whilst enjoying a glass of its famous Lindisfarne Mead, brewed there. The causeway floods at high tide, so checking the tide times is important before crossing. Visit the National Nature Reserve to see the beautiful seabirds as well as the grey seals bobbing in the waters or sunning themselves on the sands.
At the most northerly tip of Northumberland, Berwick-Upon-Tweed is England’s most dramatic walled town. Here you can walk almost the full length of these walls, taking in spectacular views across the River Tweed estuary and The Royal Border Bridge, built by Robert Stevenson known as one of the finest bridges in the world. Take a tour around the town’s old courtroom, jail lockups and notorious “drunk’s cell” in the upper floors of the Town Hall.
Moving back to the south of the county lies Otterburn, a small village with a big history. On the outskirts of the village lies the site of the famous Battle of Otterburn in 1388. Further south once the haunt of marauding Vikings 1300 years ago, Hexham nowadays holds the title of England’s favourite market town. Visit Hexham Abbey or cheer a winner at Hexham racecourse.
Finally situated just below Hexham lies the pretty village of Corbridge, a shopper’s paradise. Take a wander through Corbridge’s pretty streets filled with small shops or simply enjoy the festival stalls and street theatres on offer at the annual Corbridge Festival.
Wherever you visit in Northumberland you are sure of an interesting and welcoming stay. Search for Northumberland cottages today!