Northumberland - When and where to visit

Suggested places to base yourself

Wooler Northumberland England UK by godrick Shutterstock
The market town of Wooler is an excellent place to base yourself © godrick, Shutterstock

The places listed below make ideal bases for exploring Northumberland.


Touristy fishing village and departure point for trips to the Farne Islands; popular with families.


Medieval castle and renowned gardens in a prosperous market town between the coast and national park.


An acclaimed arts and music scene, solid Georgian centre and historic quayside.


Victorian seaside town popular with surfers and families. Newcastle is easily reached by Metro from here.


Remote upland village and springboard for exploring the North Pennines AONB.

Corbridge & Hexham

Well-to-do old towns in the Tyne Valley and close to Hadrian’s Wall.


Handsome town in the national park and excellent base for trips into the Cheviot Hills and Coquetdale.


Market town and popular gateway to the Cheviot Hills.


Village on the Heritage Coast with a magnificent castle and long sweep of sand. Nearby are Lindisfarne and the Farne Islands.

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