Vast, gorgeous and filled with a rich history, the landscape of Northumberland tells a fascinating tale. In fact, so unspoiled is the landscape that a break there doesn’t just allow you to explore history, it lets you live it!
If you’re ready to enjoy a holiday for the ages then take a look at five amazing attractions where history comes to life – all close to Landal Kielder Waterside.
Here’s a history lesson for you: Alnwick Castle was once captured by King David I of Scotland in the 12th century. It was then besieged two more times that same century and later ordered to be destroyed by King John early in the next.
King John’s loss is definitely your gain as, thankfully, the orders were not carried out. Visit the castle and gardens today and you’re in for a total treat with loads of seasonal events and activities to enjoy.
Built in the 18th century as a hunting lodge for the Duke of Northumberland, Kielder Castle is perfectly placed for taking advantage of England’s largest forest. Thankfully, there are far more fun attractions on offer today, and it’s accessible for all too!
Now a visitors’ centre, there’s plenty of fun for the family. Find your way through the Minotaur Maze, gaze towards the heavens inthe Skyspace, explore woodland trails on foot, by bike or just soak in all that timeless scenery.
So unimpressed was Roman Emperor Hadrian with the locals that he decided to build a big wall to keep them out. Running for 80 miles, with width of 10 feet and height of 20 feet, it’s the largest Roman artifact anywhere.
So well built was his wall that you can still see large sections of it today. A walk along is one of the best ways to appreciate its dramatic beauty, and there are few more fun history lessons to enjoy!
Lindisfarne (Holy Island)
Few natural attractions are as natural – or attractive – as Lindisfarne. Located just off the Northumberland Coast, the beautiful tidal island boasts an amazing history for such a small isle!
Saint Cuthbert settled on Lindisfarne, and it became a monastic island until the first recorded Viking raid in 793. In Norman times they returned, until Henry VIII’s reformation. There’s almost too much to cover in a single article, so we’d suggest visiting for yourself. It’s an amazing, iconic attraction. Make sure you time your visit too!
There’s no shortage of castles in Northumberland, and no shortage of colourful historical tales either, but few of them offer such a stunning setting as Bamburgh. In fact, you’ll soon see why it’s called ‘the King of Castles’.
Bamburgh’s coastal location made it the setting of manyinvasions over the years, and it changed hands several times. It was alsodestroyed and rebuilt! Thankfully, the present owners are more receptive tovisitors and you can soak up the stories whilst admiring the views. It’s historic,holiday heaven.