Northumberland - When and where to visit


Suggested places to base yourself

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The places listed below make ideal bases for exploring Northumberland.

Alnmouth

Highly picturesque coastal town nestled behind soft sands and with direct access by train from London, Newcastle and Edinburgh.

Alnwick

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

Bamburgh

Popular village on the coast with an arresting castle, superb beaches and good quality B&Bs close to the historic centre.

Chatton

Countryside setting with excellent B&Bs clustered close to the village centre; a springboard for exploring the national park and coast.

Embleton

Quiet coastal village set back from the sea; popular with families, with plenty of self-catering options.

Hexham & Corbridge

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

Newcastle

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

Tynemouth

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

Rothbury

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

Wooler

Market town and popular gateway to the Cheviot Hills.

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