The most northerly county in England is also home to some of the most beautiful scenery in the country. Although much of the Northumbrian mainland is protected as a national park, it is the attractions on the coast that has made it a real attraction for visitors looking a see the best of the great outdoors. The Northumbrian coast is regularly visited and has many holiday parks such as Park Resorts to provide the ideal base to see some of the best sights.
Sometimes referred to as Holy Island, this tidal island is rich in history and scenery. It is an important centre of Christianity and has links to Saint Aidan and Saint Cuthbert. But even if it isn’t the rich history of Holy Island, the spectacular setting of Lindisfarne Castle will certainly grab the attention. Only accessible on foot via Pilgrim’s Way which is only walkable on low tide before it is swallowed by the sea. The castle itself is set upon a dramatic rocky base which means it towers above the walkways that approach. It really is a must-see.
A group of small islands off the coast of Northumberland, the Farne Islands have become a great tourist attraction. With no permanent residents, it is an important habitat for many birds and seals. There are many boat tours to see the island and the vast array of wildlife on show. But it is also a setting that has gone down in British folklore with the story of Grace Darling, a 22-year-old daughter of the lighthouse keeper who, with her father, helped rescue nine people who had run aground in a strong gale and thick fog.
Similar to Lindisfarne, this parish also has close ties with Christian history and Saint Aidan. But it is the coastal importance that makes Bamburgh special. One main reason Bamburgh is popular with holiday makers is its vast Blue Flag awarded beach. But it is also the imposing Bamburgh Castle that towers over the surrounding area that makes this place extra special. Whilst similar to Lindisfarne Castle in the sense that it is raised up looking over the surrounding area, it is in fact the castle itself that is most impressive and it stood as an important English outpost. In the modern day, Bamburgh also serves a great purpose with its modernised lighthouse helping sailors navigate around the nearby Farne Islands.
Northumberland is also rich with classic British seaside resorts. The most famous being Whitley Bay which attracts many visitors from nearby Newcastle-upon-tyne, as well as further afield. Whitley Bay has a gorgeous golden sandy beach known as “The Links” which also has plenty of activity happening on the shore. There are many typical seaside attractions that centre around the Grade 2 Listing building known as “The Spanish City” which is an imposing dome structure.