Find out what you could do on your self-catering Northumberland holiday

Northumberland is an area of incredible natural beauty and a place that radiates calm, despite a violent past evidenced in the bruised castles. From the open heather moors of the North Pennines to the golden sand beaches and hamlets along the Northumberland Coast , there’s stunning scenery to be had with every step. And with the World Heritage Site of Hadrian’s Wall, Holy Island of Lindisfarne and vibrant towns to explore, Northumberland is hard to beat.



We think that with its stunning natural beauty and mysterious history, Northumberland does a magnificent job of selling itself. However, we're certain you'll want to soak up as much information as you can about the area when planning your visit.

As wonderful as the internet can be, it can often leave you bewildered and overloaded with information, and there's certainly a lot of good stuff about Northumberland out there that you wouldn't want to miss. On this page we've tried to give you a feel for what Northumberland is about and provided you with some links that we think will be really helpful in pointing you in the right direction as you begin to plan your Northumberland break.

Making the most of your stay in Northumberland

Where to go

Take a look at the Where to go section of

Here you'll find a wealth of information about the different parts of this wonderful region, giving you everything you need to know about the market towns, the picturesque villages, the historic castles, the bustling harbours and stunning beaches.

Whether it's coast or countryside or a bit of both you're after, you're never too far away from your next breathtaking experience in Northumberland.

What to do

Take a look at the What to do section of

Here you can discover just how to make the most of your very own Northumberland experience.

Whether it's walking, cycling, water sports, golf, a good dose of history and heritage or perhaps something a little more sedate - here you'll find everything you need to know about the wonderfully diverse range of activities that Northumberland has to offer you.

Some useful links when planning your Northumberland break...

For information about travelling in and to Northumberland, click here.

To find out more about the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beuaty (AONB), click here.

Click if you would like to know more about the Northumberland National Park.

A legacy of its turbulent past, Northumberland has more castles than any other county in England. You can find out more about them here.

For those that love to see nature at its diverse best, why not book a trip to the Farne Islands? Find out more here.

Bringing your dog on holiday? Have a look at some dog friendly days out and some dog friendly pubs.

For everything cycling related, visit Cycle Pad.

Northumberland is home to a vast range of great golf courses, located in some of the most stunning and dramatic landscapes in Britain. Click for a List of Clubs.

For a list of indoor activities that you can do whatever the weather, click here.

No visit to Northumberland would be complete without sampling the local food and drink, see this link for a huge list of pubs, restaurants, cafes and picnic sites.

Northumberland has something for all the family, so if you're bringing the kids why not have a look at some great places to go with the kids.

If walking is your thing, then scroll down towards the bottom of this list, for a massive range of free walking maps to download and print.

What's On

Where else can you find a puffin festival, international music events and a cavalcade of 150 horses and riders setting off to 'ride the bounds', but in Northumberland?

From food festivals to agricultural shows celebrating rural life, Northumberland plays host to a host of events throughout the year.

Flodden 500

Heritage Open Days

Kielder Observatory

Lindisfarne Gospels

Taste of Northumberland

See a list of other events...