Northumberland is the most Northern county in England. Its northern border is with Scotland. The eastern part of the country is bordered by the North Sea, with over 60km of coastline. The site of numerous battles in the past, the county is rich in history and heritage.
Northumberland has museums galore. The history of England can be found in this county, along with entire buildings preserved for observation. Ferryman’s Hut, in Alnmouth, is one of the smallest museums in all of England. There is also the Bagpipe Museum, one dedicated totally to bagpipes from the county. The Bamburgh Castle’s Armstrong & Aviation Museum is great for aircraft history lovers.
With many hostels and other forms of accommodation scattered around the area, you can typically find at least one in proximity to a place of interest. Speaking of these, Northumberland is home to more historic castles than any other region in England. Most of the castles are built as coastal defenses and can be seen dotting the 64km long coast of the east of the region.
For adventurers, the Kielder Water and Forest Park is officially the UK’s best tourism experience. Spanning 250 square miles, the forest contains 150million trees around a 27mile shoreline called Kielder Water. This isn’t the only green part of the region either. The Northumberland National Park is also a feature of the area, with plenty of walks to be taken and night skies to enjoy.
Northumberland also has a variety of food and drink to enjoy. The cuisine is diverse, ranging from farm fare brought in from the country to seafood brought in by the fishing communities that live along the coastline of the country. Cheese is made nearby too at the Northumberland Cheese Company. If you want a fresh draught of pale ale, you can visit a brewery in the area and enjoy a local specialty.
Last, but not least, are the sports activities available. These include fishing, golfing, horse riding, cycling and even guided walks if you want to sign up for any. The county is home to many golf courses and regional championships, dotted through the countryside and even along the coastline. You can also take a fishing trip in the sea or in one of the freshwater lakes and rivers in Northumberland.
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Hexham town has a lot of great things to do, including a small theatre, cinema and a once a month farmers market. A great tourist atraction is Hexham abbey. There are also plenty of great places to eat and drink.