Things to Do in Northumberland, England

Northumberland is the northernmost county in England, home to many fantastic attractions. This used to be the northernmost region in the Roman Empire and many remains of this fascinating period can still be seen and visited. Also home to a stunning stretch of North Sea coast as well as the rolling Cheviot Hills, Northumberland is a downright gorgeous region in England to visit.

This combination of history and natural scenery makes it an incredibly recommended destination. I can’t stress enough how beautiful this region is, having visited it myself, and to prove this, I have compiled a list of amazing things to do in Northumberland.

5 Things to Do in Northumberland

Visit Alnwick Castle

Alnwick Castle is one of the most iconic castles in all of Great Britain. This stately structure is the seat of the Dukes of Northumberland, who still live in a part of the castle. The rest of it is opened to the public during summer. Alnwick Castle is, in fact, the second-largest inhabited castle in England, second only after Windsor Castle. Used as locations in several movies, it is most famous for being used as Hogwarts in the Harry Potter movies.

Things to do in  Northumberland: Alnwick Castle
Alnwick Castle: Photo on Flickr by Fred Chang / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Hike Hadrian’s Wall Path

Hadrian’s Wall Path runs along spectacular Hadrian’s Wall, the former northernmost border of the Roman Empire. This 135-kilometer long-distance hiking trail is one of the greatest in Great Britain, taking six days to complete and taking hikers past some of the most breathtaking scenery in Northumberland. This is without question one of the most memorable things to do in Northumberland.

Things to do in Northumberland National Park: Hadrian's Wall Path at dusk, looking East with Crag Lough in the distance
Hadrian’s Wall at dusk, looking East with Crag Lough in the distance: Photo on Flickr by thornypup / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Explore Kielder Water and Forest Park

Kielder Water is the largest man-made lake in northern Europe, while Kielder Forest Park is Europe’s largest man-made forest. This is a wonderful place to visit for any outdoor enthusiast. Fun things to do include kayaking, horseback riding, hiking, cycling, fishing and water skiing.

Things to do in Northumberland: Kielder Water
Kielder Water: Photo by on Flickr by Akuppa John Wigham / CC BY 2.0

See the Coastal Castles

Home to the highest number of castles of any English county, Northumberland is dotted with old castles along its gorgeous coastline. This dramatic stretch of coast is where you will find Warkworth, Bamburgh, Lindisfarne and Dunstanburgh Castles. Additionally, you might also want to visit the quaint seaside villages and do some adventure sports, such as coasteering and kite surfing.

Things to do in Northumberland: Dunstanburgh Castle
Dunstanburgh Castle: Photo on Flickr by Craig Wilkinson / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Visit Roman Ruins

As the northernmost part of the Roman Empire, Northumberland used to be home to many forts and houses. There are three sites of Roman ruins that you really should visit if you’re a history buff—Chesters Roman Fort, Vindolanda Roman Fort and Housesteads Roman Fort. All three of those forts lie alongside Hadrian’s Wall many forts and houses.

Things to do in Northumberland: Vindolanda Roman Fort
Vindolanda Roman Fort: Photo on Flickr by Son of Groucho / CC BY 2.0

About Bram


Bram is a Belgian guy who's currently living in the USA. For over four years now, he has been wandering the globe, with jobs here and there in between. So far, his travels have taken him to four continents and twenty-two countries. Bram likes to try different styles of travelling: from backpacker and adventurer to tourist and local, he has been all those stereotypes and probably will be many more in the future. You can follow his adventures on his travel blog, on Twitter and on Facebook.

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