Northumberland in the north-east corner of England has plenty to offer visitors, but the quintessential English experience may not be quite what you bargained for. Things are a little different up north – albeit arguably for the better. The best months to visit are between May and September, but before you pack your bags, here are some essential tips for travelling to Northumberland.
It is well known throughout England that the further north you go the friendlier the people are. Whilst this is very true, the accents are also more difficult for foreigners to understand. The north-east accent differs quite substantially from international English overseas visitors are ordinarily accustomed to, so much so that even other English natives have a hard time understanding them. But this all adds to the adventure, and their fun and friendly nature makes the northerners great company!
English food generally has a bad reputation, but during your visit to Northumberland you should try a large plate of roast beef and Yorkshire pudding traditionally served on Sunday’s. Famed for its stunning coastline, Northumberland is also a haven for the world famous fish and chips and you won’t find a better batter than in a coastal region. We also recommended treating yourself to some home-made dairy ice-cream in Amble.
The quaint villages of Northumberland are spread far and wide and each have their own entertainment agendas. For kids (and Harry Potter fans of all ages), one of the highlights is broomstick training in the grounds of Alnwick Castle, the setting for Hogwarts. At the same location between March and October you can spiral back in time to the medieval ages and dress up as knights and maidens. Kids will love Prudhoe Water Park with its fun slides and wave machines.
Blessed with stunning landscapes, there is no shortage of outdoor pursuits to enjoy including trekking, mountain climbing, abseiling, cycling, golf, surfing and fishing – weather permitting of course. England has a reputation as a rainy island and the northern climes are particularly wet, so whatever your interest are in outdoor pursuits, make sure you have your waterproofs and thick jumper or fleece.
The north-east of England has a wealth of history and some of Britain’s best castles and wildlife parks. Alnwick Castle (of Hogwarts fame) features at the top of many a favourite castle list whereas Bamburgh Castle situated on the cliff tops was among the finalists of TV’s Britain’s Best View. For wildlife, the Sanctuary Wildlife Centre in Morpeth has over 100 animals including badgers and a donkey and the Kielder Water Bird of Prey Centre boasts the largest collection of birds in England.
Northumberland offers an exciting and overwhelming experience for foreigners visiting England – and one you are not likely to forget. For a true quintessentially English experience, consider renting a holiday cottage in the countryside so that you can enjoy all the home comforts at great value for money.