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An Introduction to English Heritage

Northumberland. That place in the east with castles, beaches and more castles. We spent Easter week in the area and discovered a huge amount of places to visit.
This is where we decided to join English Heritage for a year, allowing us cut-price entry to the many properties that they own around here.

That was way back in 1999. This Easter, 2007, the beauty of Northumberland beckoned us once again and we visited Cragside, Alnwick Gardens and Alnwick and Bamburgh Castle. And there's still loads of places we haven't explored yet. It would seem we'll have to return once again.

Sand and Sea

Northumberland's coast is fantastic, with huge sandy swathes stretching for miles and harbour inlets on the rivermouths.
On our 1999 trip we explored the area between Norham, just south of Berwick, in the north and Amble, in the south, calling enroute at Belsay Hall and Prudoe Castle. Lindisfarne we had visited on another trip and also Berwick, a few years before.There are still plenty of places around here we haven't visited so another trip would be worthwhile.

Yes, we made our return trip this year, 2007 and concentrated on the Rothbury and Alnwick areas, with just one trip to the coast, to Bamburgh.

The Place of Those North of The Humber

The above title is the meaning of the word Northumberland, a land that was plundered again and again by the Vikings. The county now encompasses some 1,942 sq. miles. For it's size, it has a relatively low population, with vast areas of the county being empty moorland.but other parts tranquil, rural open fields. Sheep farming is possibly the biggest earner with not a great deal of concession to tourism, apart from the odd pockets here and there.
From it's open coastline to it's wild and rugged interior, Northumberland contains Hadrian's Wall, The Cheviot Hills with the highest point reaching2676 ft, a National Park, Holy Island, a plethora of stately homes and castles including Alnwick, the seat of the Duke of Northumberland and some beautiful gardens. Simply too much to see in a week, we must return.Our English Heritage membership served us well and saved us a lot of money.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Just a great place
  • Cons:Too much to see in a week
  • In a nutshell:Untouristy but with LOTS to see and do
  • Last visit to Northumberland: Jul 2014
  • Intro Updated Aug 22, 2014
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  • mikelisaanna's Profile Photo
    Dec 13, 2009 at 6:37 PM

    I enjoyed your Northumberland page. I drove through it years ago on the way to Scotland, but did not stop. Looks like I missed some good sightseeing opportunities.

  • KiKitC's Profile Photo
    Nov 18, 2007 at 7:06 AM

    Incredible trip...what a wondrous place...I have got to visit Cragside Castle...Happy birthday from your birthday buddy across the pond.

  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    May 10, 2007 at 9:33 AM

    What an excellent page about one of my favourite counties! Very thorough tips, complemented by great photos. I'm just a little concerned that you may influence too many people to go there - can't we keep it a secret? ;)

  • scottishvisitor's Profile Photo
    May 8, 2007 at 1:32 PM

    I finally managed to leave a comment = this is indeed an area I would enjoy visiting

  • Tijavi's Profile Photo
    Apr 17, 2007 at 11:46 AM

    A great page packed with interesting tidbits of history, useful tips, and crisp photos. Thanks for sharing.

  • clairegeordio's Profile Photo
    Feb 28, 2007 at 5:24 AM

    Very good page too! You have visited a lot up there!

  • Ben-UK's Profile Photo
    Jul 6, 2006 at 12:43 AM

    Excellent page -- currently planning a trip to Northumberland and found your tips and photos most helpful -- thank you.

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