Northumberland History

Northumberland boasts some of the most beautiful buildings and castles in England.

Just up the coast from Cresswell on the top of a hill overlooking the River Coquet stands Warkworth Castle with its majestic cross-shaped keep. Tickets to see the Castle’s Hermitage, accessible only by riverboat, can be bought at the castle.

An hour’s drive north of Cresswell lies the causeway to Holy Island that is revealed for a few hours at a time at low tide. The Castle and Priory at Lindisfarne on Holy Island are fascinating buildings and the Island itself allows for amazing views of the Northumberland coast.

Built on a basalt outcrop a few miles south of Holy Island, Bamburgh Castle overlooks the Farne Islands to the south and Holy Island to the north and offers a fascinating glimpse into the past. Further south the rugged remains of Dunstanburgh Castle offer sweeping views from its ancient walls which lie on the edge of the land.

Alnwick Castle and Gardens will delight both fans of the Harry Potter books (the castle appeared as ‘Hogwarts School’ in the films) and those who enjoy English country gardens. The Alnwick Garden was designed ten years ago by The Duchess of Northumberland as a public garden for families to enjoy. If you like being spooked then Chillingham Castle in Alnwick offers award winning ghost tours while Belsay Castle and Gardens is often home to stunning art exhibitions, like tella McCartney’s crystal horse creation, ‘Lucky Spot’.

The first house in the world to be powered by hydro-electricity, Cragside, is full of fascinating and ingenious gadgets and has beautiful gardens. Cragside is just over half an hour’s drive from Cresswell. The Woodhorn Museum in Ashington, just a few miles up the road from Northumberland Beach Cottages, has events and exhibitions celebrating 800 years of mining history with a narrow gauge railway and working winding house.

Events take place throughout the year to celebrate Northumberland’s historic past. From battle re-enactments on Amble Beach to jousting tournaments at Alnwick Castle the local press and tourist boards will have details of what’s on during your stay.

If you love to explore England’s past or to wander around some of the most beautiful buildings in the world then the treasures of Northumberland will take your breath away.