Bamburgh & Holy Island Area
Bamburgh & Holy Island Area
Located in the North East of England, with its boundaries reaching up to the Anglo-Scottish border, Northumberland is a county with a rich and storied history. It is known for its beautiful landscape, as well as its stunning coastline, and is also notable for being England’s most sparsely populated county. These attributes ensure the area enjoys great popularity with tourists, attracting millions of domestic and overseas visitors every year.
Indeed, tourism is a major contributor to Northumberland’s economy and such popularity with visitors means the region has a large number of accommodation options to choose from. However, staying in one of our luxury Northumberland cottages.is by far the best way to relax and take in all that the county has to offer.
Our great range of luxury cottages in Northumberland provide everything you need to relax and recuperate at the end of a long day of exploration. We are able to supply a variety of different options, catering for just about all budgets, party sizes and holiday types – so whether you are travelling to the region with family, friends, a partner or even on your own, there is sure to be a choice which suits your requirements.
Coastal cottages make a great option for families hoping to enjoy some time on the beach, while we offer a number of cottages in more remote or secluded inland locations, which may be ideal for those planning a romantic getaway with that special someone. For pet owners, we have several dog friendly properties, and we are also able to supply cottages with optional extras like hot tubs, in order to make your stay truly memorable.
Booking online is quick and simple, so why not browse our selection of luxury cottages and start planning your holiday in Northumberland today?
The picturesque market town of Alnwick is the official county town of Northumberland and its most popular tourist attraction is Alnwick Castle; home of The Alnwick Garden. It is the second largest inhabited castle in England and is open to members of the public during the tourist season from April to September. The castle is famous for its use in the Harry Potter films and themed events aimed at children are sometimes held to celebrate this connection.
Despite Alnwick’s status, the town of Morpeth functions as the administrative centre for Northumberland and it is also home to a number of pubs, restaurants and shops. Some of the other major settlements in the county include towns and villages like Berwick-upon-Tweed, Ashington, Hexham, Cramlington, Blyth and Rothbury.
Although it is technically outside of Northumberland, people often use the county as a base when visiting Newcastle upon Tyne. It is a city famed for its night life, making it ideal for stag dos and hen parties, and is also home to one of the world’s most popular half marathons, the Great North Run, which takes place every September.
Spanning an area of more than 400 square miles, Northumberland National Park is perfect for those hoping to enjoy some quiet relaxation away from the region’s more built-up areas. The park stretches from the Scottish border in the north, to Hadrian’s Wall in the south and is one of the least populated national parks in the UK.
The northern section of the national park includes a number of hills known as the Cheviots, while rolling moorland and Kielder Forest can be found further south. The park also has Dark Sky Park status, keeping it free from artificial light pollution and making it one of Europe’s best locations for astronomy.
Perhaps the best-known historical site in Northumberland is Hadrian’s Wall; a Roman defensive structure, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the most popular tourist attraction in Northern England. Meanwhile, Northumberland has more castles than any other county in the country, providing clear evidence of its violent history. These include: Alnwick Castle, Bamburgh Castle, Dunstanburgh Castle and Lindisfarne Castle.
The Holy Island of Lindisfarne itself is also a location of great historic interest, and is the reason Northumberland is sometimes referred to as the ‘Cradle of Christianity’. Moreover, the county is home to a number of past battlefields, including Flodden, where King James IV lost his life in one of the region’s bloodiest ever conflicts.
Another of Northumberland’s major draws is its coastal areas, which are among the most spectacular in Britain and perfect for family days out. In fact, the Northumberland Coast spans more than 100 miles, and has been officially designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty by Natural England.
Some of the most-visited coastal areas include Seahouses, which is a large seaside village; Amble, which is a popular coastal town; Alnmouth, which is easily accessible by train, and the areas around both Bamburgh Castle and Dunstanburgh Castle.