With plenty of things to see and do, camping in Northumberland is the ideal choice whether you are looking for a family holiday, romantic weekend, activity break or fun days out. View our top recommended activities and attractions below.
Top historical attractions
Northumberland was once the scene of numerous battles between England and Scotland and boasts a colourful history. Indeed, the many castles, fortifications and ancient sites dotted around the county tell a wonderful story about England’s ancient past. These attractions hold historic significance and are worth a visit:
Hadrian’s Wall was built in AD122 and stretches for 73 miles across the country. The UNESCO World Heritage Site offers something for everyone, from stunning views of the Northumberland landscape to cycling routes to challenge the most experienced biker. The official Hadrian’s Wall Path National Trail is an 84-mile route but you can walk any of the shorter circular walks, taking in the stunning views along the way.
Bamburgh Castle is one of many you’ll be able to visit while camping in Northumberland. Learn about the myths and legends tied to the castle, the rich history surrounding its ownership and the defence mechanisms that have protected the castle since Roman times. There are plenty of paranormal stories connected to the castle for those who like to investigate the spooky side of old buildings.
Corbridge Roman Town was once a bustling settlement where Romans and civilians would trade. The Roman armour and artefacts discovered on the site can be viewed in the museum as part of the Corbridge Hoard. Look out for the Corbridge Lion who was originally used to decorate a mausoleum and then turned into a water feature in one of the settlement’s largest homes.
Alnwick Castle, an official filming location of the Harry Potter series and Downton Abbey, makes a great family day out for anyone camping in Northumberland. The castle, although evolved throughout the centuries, has been a feature here since the Norman times. Explore the state rooms, marvel at the architecture and visit the museums before joining one of the broomstick training classes. The Courtyard Café, Stables Fryery and Armoury Takeaway offer a variety of foods and dining options.
Chillingham Castle, one of the most haunted in Britain is open to the public to see explore the 12th century building. The armoury, dungeon, great hall, library, chapel, torture chamber and more are all open to the public. Regular ghost tours are held in the castle.
Learn all about Northumberland’s mining past at Woodhorn Museum. The former colliery offers hands on exhibits and a look at the old mine workings that survived bombings during the Second World War.
The ruined Prudhoe Castle has lots of stories to tell about its Norman past. Explore the grounds, keep and great hall or simply enjoy a picnic in the scenic surroundings.
Explore the Northumberland coast
In modern times, the county is much quieter; covering an area of just under 2000 square miles, with 100 miles of coastline designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Today the coastal area is sparsely populated, with mile upon mile of clean and safe, award-winning golden beaches and quiet countryside. The Northumberland Coast is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty due to its outstanding landscapes. Some of the best beaches and coastal areas to visit:
Managed by the National Trust, the Farne Islands are a collection of rocky islands that are home to spectacular wildlife including puffins and seals. Board a boat from Seahouses to visit any of the three accessible islands. Look out for the rangers on the Island who can answer wildlife questions and point out any interesting finds.
Bamburgh Castle Beach is overlooked by the castle and offers pristine sand.
Seahouses Beach is a sandy expanse with excellent facilities for tourists.
Cresswell Beach is one of the best on the Northumberland coast with areas for rockpooling and plenty of sandy space to relax.
Other Northumberland attractions
Hauxley Wildlife Discovery Centre is an eco-friendly, volunteer led centre for bird and wildlife spotting. Enjoy nature trails, wildlife spotting from hides and great views in The Lookout Café.
Located in the Kielder Forest, the Kielder Observatory is open to the public with views of some of the darkest skies in Europe. With limited light pollution, the area is fantastic for stargazing, with or without any prior experience. Events are run throughout the year and are a great way to introduce kids to astronomy.
Chain Bridge Honey Farm in Berwick-upon-Tweed has a visitor centre, full of information about bees as well as an observation hive so you can see the honey bees at work. Take a look in the beekeeper’s Garden to see which plants are attracting the bees and ensure you stop off at the double decker bus café. This is a great learning experience for kids and you’ll get the chance to purchase some of the delicious honey.
The National Trust owned Cragside House is a Victorian estate with gardens and woodland to explore. Enjoy Victorian home baking, walks in the woodland retreat and the collection of objects in the house.