Destination guide

Ye olde England in Northumberland

From the haunting keeps of Bamburgh Castle, to the winding cobbled lanes of Alnwick, to the salt-washed fishing harbours of Seahouses, Northumberland oozes age-old tales of kings and Viking seafarers. It's one of England's most heritage-rich counties, steeped in stories of mythical monks on Lindisfarne Island and home to the lichen-spotted stones of Hadrian's Wall. Along the coast is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, awash with gorgeous bays of yellow sand and windblown dunes aplenty. Northumberland holiday rentals are your ticket to it all.

Things to do

Following the footsteps of kings in Northumberland

Northumberland is prime castle-conquering territory. Thankfully, the great Norman towers and Roman bulwarks aren't manned by spear-wielding foes these days, which means you won't need siege towers to get your fix of English heritage. Bamburgh Castle should be top of the list – it was once the home of the mighty Northumberland kings, and occupies a perch atop the North Sea that's bound to make you gasp. Trips to Hadrian's Wall can be backed up by a visit to the Roman Army Museum in Greenhead, where centurions and 3D films help chronicle the ins and outs of ancient life.

Activities

The North Sea breezes of Northumberland

Wax down the walking boots and pack the woollies for your trip up north; this county of wild fells and blustery beaches is a veritable playground for outdoorsy types. The Northumberland Coast Path is a great place to begin. Multi-day tours let you conquer the whole 63-mile stretch of it, wondering at rugged headlands and ruined castles along the way. Other expeditions head to the green valleys of the Northumberland National Park. UNESCO relics, like Hadrian's Wall, are ringed by miles of cycle tracks and hiking trails.

Weather

Four, very different, seasons in Northumberland

You might think summertime Northumberland holiday rentals by the sea are the way to go between June and August. But that's really only one of the possibilities in this county, where every season has its own draws. Springtime stays in a rustic cabin will put the trailheads of the Northumberland National Park on the doorstep – get ready for blooming meadows and perfect hiking conditions. Autumn – from September to October – ushers in the harvest, with food fests erupting in the villages and towns. Winter is crisp and occasionally snowy, great for snuggling by the fireplace of a converted barn in the countryside.

Natural features

Northumberland – coasts and cloud-gathering mountains

Northumberland has all the raw countryside you'd expect of the last English county before the Scottish Lowlands. In the vast Northumberland National Park, the peaks rise and rise with the sculpted ridges of the Cheviot Hills. They roll down to the pastoral landscapes of Coquetdale, cut-through by babbling creeks, echoing with the calls of wild goats. On the coast, Northumberland holiday rentals sit up against the lashing winds of the North Sea. They overlook long beaches at Bamburgh and Coves Haven, casting their gaze out to mystical islands, like Lindisfarne, in the distance.

How to get there

Transport to and around Northumberland

Fly into Newcastle (NCL-Newcastle Intl.), the closest airport, located 20 mi (32.1 km) from the city centre. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you can also fly into Carlisle (CAX), which is 35.9 mi (57.7 km) away.

If you're travelling by train, Morpeth Station, Acklington Station and Pegswood Station are the main stations that serve the city.

Where to stay around Northumberland?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 2,664 holiday lettings near Northumberland. From 1,039 Cottages to 1,039 Cabins, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Northumberland is on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Northumberland?

There are many lovely places to stay for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Northumberland. From HomeAway travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • Bamburgh: 689 holiday homes
  • Seahouses: 460 holiday homes
  • Newcastle upon Tyne: 621 holiday homes
  • Beadnell: 781 holiday homes
  • Berwick-upon-Tweed: 914 holiday homes

HomeAway offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in Northumberland! Please use our search bar to access the selection of self catering accommodations available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Northumberland?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the cities in Northumberland with the largest selection of holiday lettings for a perfect city break:

  • Bamburgh: 689 holiday lettings
  • Seahouses: 460 holiday lettings
  • Newcastle upon Tyne: 621 holiday lettings
  • Beadnell: 781 holiday lettings
  • Berwick-upon-Tweed: 914 holiday lettings

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

Can I find easy access holiday homes when travelling by plane to Northumberland?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of self catering accommodations near to airports. Airports with a large selection of self catering accommodations in Northumberland are:

  • Newcastle Airport (NCL): 703 self catering accommodations
  • Durham Tees Valley Airport (MME): 664 self catering accommodations
  • Carlisle Airport (CAX): 483 self catering accommodations

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near in Northumberland?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday lettings near great places to visit in Northumberland. From HomeAway travellers, the top popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Kielder Water and Forest Park: 171 holiday rentals
  • Bamburgh Castle: 764 holiday rentals
  • Northumbria University: 473 holiday rentals
  • Farne Islands: 724 holiday rentals
  • Bamburgh Beach: 764 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Northumberland listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection of holiday accommodations.

Explore destinations around Northumberland

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