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Places to Visit

Here you'll find some small pointers to some enchanting and captivating Places to Visit in North Northumberland and the Borders.



Cragside House was built between 1864 and 1884 for the first Lord Armstrong, it was the first house in the world to be lit by hydro-electricity. Cragside has 900 acres of grounds, and it is possible to drive or walk 40 miles within the grounds.  It is renowned for its beautiful rhododendrons and trees.

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Chillingham Castle

Chillingham_Castle_Advertising_photos_016Chillingham is reputed to be the most haunted castle in Britain. The castle has been owned for over 700 years by the Grey family and stands in beautiful grounds, with woodland walks and an Italian formal garden designed by Wyatville. It has undergone extensive restoration work and its intriguing interior houses arms and armour, torture chamber and dungeons along with fine antiques and tapestries.

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Northumberland National Park

ingram_valley_1_ntEngland’s last wilderness, the Northumberland National Park is officially its most tranquil place, perfect to refresh mind, body and spirit. Covering 105,000 hectares from Hadrian’s Wall to the border of Scotland, the National Park is a place of breathtaking vistas over high hills and quiet valleys where you can enjoy real peace and solitude, wildlife and birdsong.

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Border Abbeys

Melrose_AbbeyThere are splendid ruins of historic abbeys in the Border Towns including Dryburgh, Jedburgh and Melrose. Just beyond Melrose is Abbotsford House, the home of Sir Walter Scott, the 19th century novelist.

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Coquet Island

In the summer months you can take a boat trip from Amble harbour across to Coquet Island, an RSPB nature reserve which offers sanctuary to large numbers of seabirds, including puffins, eider ducks and roseate terns. The island is dominated by the 80ft high lighthouse built on top of the ruin of a medieval tower.

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Howick Hall

howick_hall_ntThe 'Home of Earl Grey Tea' is Howick Hall. Owned by the Grey Family since 1319 and now lived in by Charles, 2nd Lord Howick of Glendale, the son of Lady Mary Grey.

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Lindisfarne (Holy Island)

lindisfarne_castle_1aThe Holy Island of Lindisfarne has a rhythm of its own, dictated by the tides. Accessible only when the tide drops back from the causeway, it has an ethereal quality where nature and history combine to provide refuge for the spirit.

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Cocklawburn beach

cocklawburn_1Just 2 miles outside Berwick you will find one of our first beautiful beaches at Cocklawburn. Here you can admire not only the long stretches of sandy beach but also the magnificent geological history stored in its rocky landscape.

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Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)

N360_073Much of the North Northumberland coastline has been designated an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’. Nestled along the coast are many lovely gems to visit and explore – hidden coves and beaches, quaint and unique villages, historic houses and magnificent castles, each with their own story and intrigue. This coastline is inspirational - well known for sweeping sandy beaches, rolling dunes, fossil-rich exposures, mudflats, salt-marshes and isolated islands.







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Budle Bay

You will rarely pass this place without spotting a set of binoculars focused on the bay as it is an English Nature SSSI site famous for its gulls, waders, ducks, geese and other migrant birds. Whether or not you are interested in bird watching you cannot fail to be enchanted by the beauty of this bay at any time of the day or year.

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