Northumberland

Mile upon mile of glorious sandy beaches, world famous heritage sites and stunning countryside, there’s so much to see and do whilst staying at one of our caravan parks or holiday parks in Northumberland. Here’s our guide to the Top Ten Things To Do whilst on one of our caravan holidays in Northumberland.

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1. Walk the Pilgrims’ Path across the sands to Holy Island

Holy Island was one of the principal centres of Christianity during the Dark Ages and is now a top tourist attraction. Today most people drive over at low tide but you can walk across the sands following the posts waymarking the Pilgrims’ Path, just as visitors would have done in times past.

2. Cycle around Kielder Water

Kielder Water is northern Europe’s largest man-made lake and while the countryside is remote, it is all the more beautiful for that. The Lakeside Way is trail that follows the 27-mile Kielder Water shoreline. In addition there is an extensive network of off-road tracks through Kielder Forest to suit all abilities.

3. See the Chillingham herd up close

The Chillingham cattle are unique – a truly wild herd, the sole survivors of animals that once roamed the forests of Britain. Now there are less than 100 of them and they can only be viewed when accompanied by a warden who will ensure your safety. Small groups of people are taken as close as possible to the herd and the warden will talk with great passion about these remarkable beasts and their history.

4. Visit Harry Potter’s Hogwarts

Alnwick Castle dominates the town. It is one of the most stunning fortified buildings in Europe and one of the largest inhabited castles in England. Not surprisingly it is known as The Windsor of the North. The castle has stood over the town since medieval times and is recognisable as Hogwarts in the Harry Potter series of films. Beyond the castle is the fabulous Alnwick Garden which is a joy not just for keen gardeners but also families and warrants a full day’s visit itself. Cleverly designed with lots of opportunities for the kids to get wet and play, the gardens are of great interest horticulturally. Children can collect water in the mini tractors, paddle in the rills, see the many ways water can move in the Serpent Garden and dodge the Grand Cascade’s jets.

5. Take a boat out to the Farne Islands

The Farne Islands are an experience not to be missed. In summer they are home to over 100,000 pairs of breeding seabirds, including puffins, terns, guillemots, eider ducks, fulmar, cormorant and kittiwake. When the birds leave in late summer the Farne Isles become the pupping grounds for the second largest colony of grey seals in England.

6. Star gaze in the Kielder Forest

The remoteness of the area, and more particularly the absence of light pollution, makes Kielder ideal for star gazing. At nearby Kielder Castle the night sky can be viewed with powerful telescopes under the guidance of expert astronomers from Sunderland Astronomy Club.

7. Taste some oak-smoked Craster kippers

The small fishing port of Craster is home to the Craster Kipper, a famous delicacy of herring smoked in the traditional way over fires of oak sawdust. A hundred years ago the North Sea was teeming with herring and the tiny harbour was busy with boats supplying the smokehouses. Today just the one smokehouse remains. Kippers can be purchased from the smokehouse shop or enjoyed in the seafood restaurant.

8. Walk in the footsteps of the Romans on Hadrian’s Wall

Hadrian’s Wall stretches for over 70 miles from coast to coast across the natural beauty and splendour of the northern Pennines.  This World Heritage Site is at its most spectacular at the western edge of Northumberland. Some of its most famous sites, including Housesteads (the most complete Roman fort in Britain), Vindolanda and Steel Rigg are within walking distance of one another. A regular bus service between these sites provides the opportunity to take a linear walk between them.

9. Learn to surf and catch a wave

Northumberland is Britain’s best-kept secret when it comes to surfing. Take a surfing lesson and learn how to catch a wave in some of the best locations along the coastline including Bamburgh, Beadnell and Seahouses.

10. Curl up next to an open fire and browse in the country’s largest second-hand bookshop

Barter Books is housed in Alnwick’s old railway station. It has the most extensive collection of books to suit all ages, enormous and yet cosy – with open fires – it provides a convivial atmosphere to browse in a leisurely manner. Some have called it The British Library of second-hand bookshops.

If this inspires you, why not browse our selection of holiday parks and caravan parks in Northumberland, and see what catches your eye?

Holiday Parks in Northumberland

Haggerston Castle Holiday Park

Set around several lovely lakes in award-winning landscaped gardens that hold a David Bellamy Gold Award for Conservation. Haggerston Castle boasts a...

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£219 - £1165 per week

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Crimdon Dene

Just a stone’s throw from the dunes of Durham’s beautiful Heritage Coastline, Crimdon Dene enjoyed a famous heyday in the 1930s. Wonderful...

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£130 - £733 per week

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Parmontley Hall Lodges

Parmontley Hall Country Lodges is part of our Autograph Lodge Holidays Collection, enjoying a truly idyllic setting nestled in the heart of...

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£479 - £1059 per week

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Cresswell Towers

Enjoying a peaceful woodland setting just 200m from the golden sandy beaches and huge dunes of Druridge Bay, Cresswell Towers offers you...

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£151 - £832 per week

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Sandy Bay

Commanding spectacular views of the sandy beach from its cliff top setting, this superbly located park offers everything you need for a...

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£163 - £882 per week

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Border Forest Lodges

Enviably located on the edge of magnificent Kielder Forest, Border Forest Lodges offer a perfect rural escape – a haven of peace...

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£449 - £999 per week

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Percy Wood Country Retreat

Surrounded by 180 acres of tranquil woods and beautiful parkland, this idyllic retreat sits in picturesque Swarland village. Spectacular views of the...

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£239 - £599 per week

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Bockenfield Country Park

Bockenfield Country Park is nestled between the breathtaking northeast coastline and spectacular Northumberland National Park, in a rural countryside setting, bordered by...

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£239 - £595 per week

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Kielder Lodges

Kielder Lodges is part of our Go Active Breaks Collection, set within the stunning location of Kielder Water and Forest Park. Whether...

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£332 - £1745 per week

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Whitley Bay Holiday Park

Miles and miles of golden sandy beaches, cliff top walks, rock pools and St Mary’s Lighthouse – these are all within comfortable...

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£177 - £920 per week

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Riverside Country Park

Boasting a magnificent setting in the heart of the breathtaking Northumbrian countryside, Riverside offers you a perfect base to relax and unwind...

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£215 - £879 per week

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Springhouse Country Park

Set in a rural location close to Hadrian’s Wall, Springhouse Country Park is a superb base from which to explore this magical...

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£189 - £595 per week

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Waren Park

Situated in one of England’s most idyllic corners, this thoughtfully landscaped park offers you unsurpassed views of the Northumberland Coast and proudly...

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£229 - £699 per week

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Calvert Trust Kielder

A warm welcome awaits everyone at Calvert Trust Kielder. Nestled in the heart of Kielder Water and Forest Park, this spectacular setting...

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£375 - £950 per week

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