England’s favourite market town: 48 hours in Hexham

This charming Northumberland town is the perfect place to spend a weekend.

England’s best historic houses

From medieval castles to Edwardian Arts-and-Crafts architecture.

On your bike: our favourite cycle routes in England

Leave the car behind and explore Britain’s highways, byways and coastal pathways on two wheels.

Seas the day: The best beaches in Northumberland

Though popular with families, hikers, birdwatchers and watersports enthusiasts, Northumberland’s coastline is wonderfully unspoilt and crowd free.

What not to miss in Newcastle, Gateshead and Tyneside

The culture hub of the North East offers a wealth of attractions.

Stellar skies: the world’s best stargazing spots

Look at the stars, look how they shine for you.

Kielder Water and Forest

Kielder is one of the most isolated corners of England with the clearest night skies; yet it doesn’t feel like England at all. Gemma…

A hiker’s paradise: 5 of the best Northumberland walks

When it comes to walks, Northumberland has almost too much on offer.

Not-so-obvious Northumberland

Discover the county’s lesser-known treasures.


Alnwick is one of the most vibrant and historically interesting market towns in Northumberland. Gemma Hall, author of Slow Travel Northumberland ‘Alnwick is ever…

Hadrian’s Wall

It was, say English Heritage, a kind of Berlin Wall, and controlled the north–south flow of human traffic for some 250 years until the…

Lindisfarne Island and National Nature Reserve

Lindisfarne as a whole appears as a long grey-green streak across a glistening expanse of sea, saltmarshes and sandflats. Gemma Hall, author of Slow…

Food and drink in Northumberland

Visitors to the region will be struck by how many restaurants, pubs and food stores have got behind the organic and local food revival.…


Bamburgh’s famous medieval castle spectacularly rising from the dunes is undoubtedly one of England’s finest coastal fortresses. Gemma Hall, author of Slow Travel Northumberland…

Farne Islands National Nature Reserve

From the moment you step ashore, you’ll see puffins crash-landing with beaks stuffed full of sand eels, terns wheeling in the sky or spearing…