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.


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


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


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


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


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.


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.


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.

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