Northumberland's coast is officially an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and the giant wild beaches are awe-inspiring. One of the most loved is Bamburgh Beach, where there are clear waters, miles of golden sands and the impressive backdrop of an imposing castle. Northumberland's coastal path offers the very best views.
Two Northumberland parks
For children there is an endless stream of activities: the 10¼ inch narrow gauge steam scenic railway that runs between Wells-next-the-sea and Walsingham is the longest in the world; other highlights include Dinosaur Adventure, Go Ape in Thetford Forest and Sea Life.
The region is perhaps best known for the remains of Hadrian's Wall that once marked the edge of the Roman Empire. This World Heritage Site runs for around 70 miles and the remains can be followed on foot, bike and by bus. You'll see Roman forts and archaeological sites, plus plenty of pubs and restaurants for weary travellers.
Northumberland National Park has been described as the most tranquil place in the UK. You can see for yourself by exploring along 700 miles of footpaths, discovering the landscapes and small villages set throughout.
The Holy Island of Lindisfarne, just off the coast of Northumberland and only accessible at low tide, was the centre of Christianity during Anglo-Saxon times. The remains of the Priory and castle are popular with visitors and the island is also a great spot for seeing grey seals, rare birds and lots of other wildlife.