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VISITING NORTHUMBERLAND & THE ALNWICK AREA

Northumberland is England's most northern county, a magical place filled with ancient castles, golden sand beaches, rolling hills, rugged moorland, friendly little market towns & fishing villages. Once part of the Roman Empire and as Northumberland it was the scene of many wars between England and Scotland. As evidence of its violent history, Northumberland has more castles than any other county in England, including the castles of Alnwick, Bamburgh, Dunstanburgh and Warkworth.

Northumberland is often called the "cradle of Christianity" in England, because it was on Lindisfarne, a tidal island north of Bamburgh, also called Holy Island, that Christianity flourished when monks from Iona were sent to convert the English. Lindisfarne was the home of the Lindisfarne Gospels and Saint Cuthbert, who is buried in Durham Cathedral.

Bamburgh, with its castle, is the historic capital of Northumberland. The lords of Northumberland once wielded significant power in English affairs because, as the Marcher Lords, they were entrusted with protecting England from Scottish invasion. Northumberland became a sort of wild county, where outlaws and Border Reivers hid from the law.

Northumberland played a key role in the industrial revolution. The region's coalfields fuelled industrial expansion in other areas of the country, and the need to transport the coal from the collieries to the Tyne led to the development of the first railway.

Today, Northumberland is still largely rural. As the least densely populated county in England, Northumberland is brimming with scenic beauty and evidence of its turbulent historical significance.

  • Cycling Trails
  • Beautiful Scenery
  • Lakes
  • Cheviot Hills
  • Fabulous Beaches
  • Market Towns
  • Fishing Villages
  • Theatre
  • Music Venues
  • Woodland Walks
  • Hadrians Wall
  • Ancient Castles
  • Beautiful Gardens
  • Boat Trips
  • All types of fishing
  • Birdwatching
  • Seal watching
  • Countryside Walks
  • Watersports
  • Friendly People

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