The Secret Kingdom of North Northumberland



Open the door into the kingdom of north Northumberland, which sweeps from the tops of the Cheviot, down hidden river valleys to the sea, where Holy Island and the Farne Islands wait to reveal their secrets to those who prefer to explore ‘the road less travelled’. Here you can find a landscape rich in beauty and tranquillity, filled with castles and fortresses, houses and gardens, all laden with history. Discover a diversity of wildlife second to none, find places to stay offering the warmest of welcomes, and enjoy food and culture to draw you back time and again.

The area boasts accommodation and food which is the best in the country and has awards to prove it, be it camping, glamping, B&B, luxury hotel, farm house or self-catering cottage, and will provide the perfect base for exploring the kingdom. There are many iconic locations to visit - such as Bamburgh Castle, the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, Berwick’s Elizabethan Walls and Royal Border Bridge, the whole of the Northumberland National Park and the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). There are also many well-kept secrets waiting for you to discover, some of which Robson Green let slip in his TV series ‘Tales from Northumberland’.

The ancient remains of the Cheviot volcano provide rugged terrain to explore - and with the long distance walks and cycle routes of St Cuthbert’s Way, St Oswalds Way, the Hill Fort Trail, the Northumberland Coast Path and the Sandstone Way, this is a perfect outdoors and adventure destination. To this add its perfect tranquillity, the pixie dust of the dark skies, and wildlife - including red squirrels, otters, grey seals, whales, dolphins and the richest birdlife in the country (including our famous puffins!) And if this is too tame then you can enjoy surfing, kitesurfing, wind boarding, coasteering, abseiling or riding in the most glorious coast and country settings imaginable.

 



From the iron age hills forts of the Cheviot, the Anglo Saxon settlement of ad Geffrin, through Flodden Field and Halidon Hill, a host of medieval castles to beautiful Georgian stately homes such as Paxton House, the kingdom is rich with heritage to explore.

An artistic and spiritual culture of spice and depth has responded to all this - with internationally recognised painters, potters, poets and musicians living and creating within the realm of North Northumberland.

Officially ‘England’s most tranquil place’, with miles and miles of the best beaches and the best castles in the world – perfect for families! In fact, for anyone who wants to get away and discover something very special.

Come and visit, come and stay. Come and see. These pages provide you with the keys to the doors and maps for the pathways, to find your way into the Secret Kingdom and explore its treasures.

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  • Old Rectory Howick

    Old Rectory Howick

    The Old Rectory is a country house bed & breakfast located in peaceful surroundings. Jude and Dave look forward to
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  • West Ord Cottages

    West Ord Cottages

    Choice of six cottages, peacefully located in lovely countryside - available accommodation can cater for a total of 25 people. Own
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  • Coquet Cottages

    We have a collection of very special luxury 5-star and 4-star self-catering holiday cottages, sleeping from 2 to 20 people.
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  • Boathouse Cottage

    Boathouse Cottage

    Standing upstream of Norham Bridge, between Berwick and Coldstream, at the end of a quiet country lane, Boathouse Cottage commands
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  • Serenity Farne Islands Boat Tours

    Serenity Farne Islands Boat Tours

    Serenity Farne Islands boat tours sail all year round to the Farne Islands, one of Britain’s most spectacular wildlife habitats!
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  • Northumbrian Earth

    Northumbrian Earth

    Have you ever wondered what has shaped the landscape here ? Northumberland and the Borders have a treasure chest of rocks
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  • Dunstanburgh Castle Cottages

    Dunstanburgh Castle Cottages

    Welcome to Dunstanburgh Castle Cottages, a lovely collection of stone cottages set in the heart of Embleton, a picturesque village
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  • Biteabout Arts

    Biteabout Arts

    Anna Turnbull is a fibre artist, making high quality, hand crafted items inspired by the organic forms, rich colours and
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  • Birdsong Cottage B&B

    Birdsong Cottage B&B

    Birdsong Cottage is a finely furnished boutique bed and breakfast with two ensuite rooms. A room with private balcony and
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  • Alnwick Lodge, West Cawledge Park

    Alnwick Lodge, West Cawledge Park

    Lonely Planet recommended and Trip Advisor 4* rated accommodation in beautiful Northumberland. A unique creation AD 1650- 2016. Alnwick Lodge,
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Algernon Charles Swinburne

 

“Between our eastward and our westward sea
The narrowing strand
Clasps close the noblest shore fame holds in fee
Even here where English birth seals all men free - Northumberland.”

Passionate people
in a passionate place

Adventure

by Patrick Norris

Wildlife

by Martin Kitching

Landscape

by Ian Kille

Photography

by Andy Craig

Don't Tell Anyone

by The Secret Kingdom