Alnwick Castle

Alnwick Castle

Visiting Northumberland

This area has an abundance of attractions and is central for The North of England, giving easy access to Newcastle upon Tyne, Carlisle and The Scottish Borders. We recommend the Hadrian’s Wall Northumberland website for more detailed information. Here are a small selection of popular venues.

Hexham:(17miles), voted best market town in England (2005) retains much of its Northumbrian charm while providing excellent services and shopping. Hexham Abbey is perhaps the most famous landmark. The recently refurbished “Old

Bamburgh Castle

Bamburgh Castle

Goal” provides an entertaining insight to local history. The Queens Hall hosts cultural events including the annual Hexham Festival. Shopping is well catered for with many fine local shops, Waitrose, Marks and Spencers, 24 hour Tesco, a weekly market (Tuesdays)and a monthly farmers market. There are links to both Carlisle and Newcastle upon Tyne by bus and rail from the town, both places incurring a journey time of about one hour.

Alnwick: (50 miles) The home of the county’s most wealthy man, The Duke of Northumberland, Alnwick Castle is famous for its part in Harry Potter. The Alnwick Gardens, designed and developed by the Duchess, are equally famous and well worth a visit. The town itself is charming and was voted quite recently by Radio 4 listeners, as the best place to live in England.

Holy Island

Holy Island

Bamburgh and the Coast: The North East Coast of England boasts some of the most stunning and unspoilt coastline in the country. A popular day trip from Roses Bower takes in Alnwick, Bamburgh and a short visit to Lindisfarne (Holy Island) ending with fish and chips at Seahouses and the purchase of Craster Kippers for breakfast next day.

Hadrian’s wall: The area is steeped in history from ancient times to The Border Rievers. Nevertheless, it is the Roman occupation and Hadrian’s wall, that is the popular attraction within North Tynedale and The National Park. This area was the ‘breadbasket’ for the Roman garrison and their followers and during that time the population was considerably higher than it is today.

Cragside House - Rothbury

Cragside House - Rothbury

Housesteads is the most complete Roman Fort in Britain and situated on Whinn Sill escarpment it has breathtaking views. It was built for about 800 infantry men and contains a roman barracks with granaries, hospital and the first flushing toilets as well as civilian settlements.

Vindolanda has several forts, the first a wooden one dated AD90 and a stone one from the second century. It has an impressive museum which holds many fascinating insights into life in those times. Chesters is a fort, sited by a crossing over the river Tyne. Brocolitia is a wall fort and settlement at Carrawburgh.

The Northumberland National Park: is divided into three geographical regions. Roses Bower is situated within North Tyne and Redesdale :The red squirrel and otters live in the forests, rivers and burns of the area. Villages such as Bellingham, Otterburn, Greenhaugh, Kielder and Falstone provide pubs and tearooms in which to relax and meet the locals. It is in this region, that you will find Kielder Water and a large part of The Kielder Forest. Rothbury and Coquetdale:The Simonside Hills and The Coquet Valley provide breathtaking views and inspiring landscapes all year round. From the picturesque market town of Rothbury, you can explore castles, bastles, historic churches and enjoy the nearby walks, agricultural shows and folk music. The Cheviot Hills: mark the border with Scotland. Their distinctive pink rock is the cooled larva of an extinct volcano. A wild ,romantic, landscape with many bridleways, cycle-ways and footpaths, passing by many roman hill forts and over the tracks of the ancient cattle drovers.