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Northumberland’s coast features dramatic landscapes and magnificent castles clustered round quiet sandy coves and quaint fishing villages. 

It’s blessed with more castles than any other county and more than 30 miles of spectacular beaches.  Visit the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, Bamburgh Castle or Coquet Island, home to more than 35,000 seabirds.

Along this wild and rugged coastline, discover fishing communities clustered round sandy coves, try adrenaline-pumping water sports or simply relax in a deck-chair.  If you’re a nature-lover, head to one of the reserves like the Farne Islands, Coquet Island or Druridge Bay.

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Drive across the causeway to the fascinating Holy Island of Lindisfarne, birthplace of the famous Lindisfarne Gospels. 

Visit the Lindisfarne Centre to turn the pages of a virtual version of the historic manuscript.  

Alnwick Castle, the location for Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films, is the second-largest inhabited castle in the country and features sumptuous state rooms and superb gardens. 

For the green-fingered, a visit to Howick Hall and Garden is a must, home of Earl Grey tea.  

Scattered a couple of miles off the coast near Seahouses you’ll see more than 23 different bird varieties – this is a bird-lover’s paradise.

Getting to Northumberland

By Air
Direct flights from Holland, Germany and France to Newcastle and also from Amsterdam to Durham Tees.

By Train
Two trains per hour from central London to Newcastle in under three hours and connecting services link westbound along the coast.

Coach
Daily coaches from central London to Newcastle (8 hours). Local services from Newcastle to smaller towns and villages.

By Sea
Daily overnight ferry from Amsterdam to Newcastle (15 1/2 hours)

Car Hire
Available from airports and regionally. Collections from train stations can be arranged. 

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Northumberland boasts more castles than any other English county