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With a never-ending selection of fantastic days out across Northumberland, you are guaranteed to find an activity to suit adults and children alike. Visit a stunning castle steeped in history, picnic in a charming park or make a splash in the surf of one of Northumberland’s beautiful beaches - perfect for building sandcastles.

Northumberland is also home to one of the most spacious national parks in England, which, coupled with Kielder Water and Forest Park, forms the largest Dark Sky Park in Europe- perfect for stargazing and learning about our galaxy.

The Gruffalo adventure has returned to Kielder Water and Forest Park for 2017! The amazing App (download before you leave home) will bring this trail alive for you and your family.

In the daytime, these locations provide endless opportunities for cycling, picnicking and exploring (by bicycle or on foot) for all the family.  From Hadrian’s Wall in the south of the county, to the medieval town of Berwick-Upon-Tweed in the North, there is no shortage of opportunities for history buffs young and old to discover Northumberland’s treasures, and apart from a few sandwiches for lunch- it’s all totally free.

Child-friendly events are held in a variety of venues throughout the year, from treasure hunts and craft workshops to family astronomy evenings; the whole family are sure to have a fun and relaxing break.

Whatever your family fancy; you’ll be making memories in no time, without breaking the bank!

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Tours, Tour Guides and Courses
We'll take you and your family out and about in Northumberland on some great circular guided walks and hikes in the north of this remarkable County in North East England; all you need to do is choose ...
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating:TripadvisorBased on 47 reviews
Family Attraction
Visit Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens, we have over one hundred species of animals including meerkats, coatis, wallaby and many more including our petting barn. Visitors can meet the keepers and learn ...
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating:TripadvisorBased on 370 reviews
Garden 1
One of the world's most extraordinary contemporary gardens. ...
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Historic sites
Impressive excavated Roman town, walk down the high street and explore English Heritage's impressive museum of Roman finds.  ...
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating:TripadvisorBased on 326 reviews
Cycling along the Lakeside Way
Adventure Sports
Kielder Water & Forest park's rugged wilderness is MTB heaven. Experience some of the best singletrack trails in the UK with breathtaking views. ...
Nature and Wildlife
PARK REOPENS ON 14 APRIL 2014 The pure-bred survivors of the wild white cattle herd which once roamed the forests of Britain. ...
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating:TripadvisorBased on 88 reviews
Outside RNLI Grace Darling Museum
Museums and galleries
A museum dedicated to Grace Darling and her family, as well as all those who Save Lives at Sea. ...
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating:TripadvisorBased on 554 reviews
Family event
Step back in time with Brick Dinos and meet dinosaurs in miniature each one masterfully built using LEGO® bricks.  ...
Allout Adventures
Adventure Sports
Welcome to Allout Adventures. The North Easts largest outdoor activity company. Bring along friends, family or work colleagues for an unforgettable experience!   Chose from an exhilarating ...
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating:TripadvisorBased on 70 reviews
Castle and Keep
Historic sites
Set in a quaint Northumberland town, this hill-top fortress and hermitage offers a fantastic family day out. ...
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating:TripadvisorBased on 727 reviews
Museum Front
Family Attraction
Watch and clock museum, gift shop and repair specialist. The museum is based around the local children's stories of Mr George the clock man. Includes a large collection of mechanical watches and ...
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating:TripadvisorBased on 14 reviews
Outside Cragside House Gardens and Estate
Historic sites
Creation of Lord Armstrong, Victorian inventor and landscape genius. Gardens, red squirrels, woodland and lakeside walks. ...
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating:TripadvisorBased on 2200 reviews
Stunning Views
Family Attraction
Enjoy a fabulous day out on this country estate with its picturesque villages and range of attractions: Heatherslaw Steam Railway; Heatherslaw Cornmill; Lady Waterford Hall; Etal Castle; Flodden Battl ...
Hexham Old Gaol
Museums and galleries
Tour the Old Gaol, 1330AD, by glass lift. Meet the gaoler, see a Reiver raid and try on costumes. ...
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating:TripadvisorBased on 42 reviews
View from Bath House
Historic sites
Bardon Mill
Visit Roman Vindolanda today and you will find one of the North East’s most famous and not to be missed tourist attractions lying in the beautiful landscape of Hadrian's Wall Country. Formerly a ...
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating:TripadvisorBased on 1358 reviews
Gallery 1
Museums and galleries
Lying in magnificent countryside next to a sweeping section of Hadrian's Wall and based at the site of Carvoran Roman Fort, the Roman Army Museum is an authentic and dramatic tribute to Rome’s e ...
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating:TripadvisorBased on 634 reviews
Mini golf
Nature and Wildlife
With views of the reservoir Leaplish Waterside Park is the ideal base to recharge and refresh or take part in an action packed day of activities. The Boat Inn Restaurant and bar serves fresh new ...
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating:TripadvisorBased on 235 reviews
Animals at Whitehouse Farm Centre
Family Attraction
Whitehouse Farm is the all-weather fun attraction with soft play, restaurant, outdoor play areas, tractor-trailer rides and lots of animals to feed, hold and stroke. ...
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating:TripadvisorBased on 405 reviews
Newbiggin Maritime Centre
Museums and galleries
Newbiggin Maritime Centre, on the beautiful Northumberland coastline, offers a unique experience for visitors with a museum, a café and a shop. ...
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating:TripadvisorBased on 181 reviews
Chesters Bath-House
Historic sites
Relax in the bath-house, explore the officers' quarters & learn about the saviour of Hadrian's Wall in the Clayton Museum. ...
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating:TripadvisorBased on 410 reviews
For the family
Museums and galleries
The museum is housed in the historic Berwick Barracks and contains historical town artefacts and part of Sir William Burrel's art collection. ...
Bellshill Farm
Nature and Wildlife
North Bellshill farm situated in North Northumberland over looking the coastline, Lindisfarne and Bamburgh castle.  With Farm trail/Education Centre ...
Heritage Centre at Bellingham
Museums and galleries
A unique exhibition reflecting the history and traditions of the North Tyne Valley and Redesdale, including Border Counties Railway, Border Reivers, farming, photography and mining, along with the New ...
Puffins on The Farne Islands
Nature and Wildlife
Farne Islands
The Farne Islands are possibly the most exciting seabird colony in England with unrivalled views of 23 species, including around 37,000 pairs of puffin. It's also home to a large grey seal colony, wi ...
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating:TripadvisorBased on 513 reviews
Amble Puffin Festival
Outdoor Event
Amble Puffin Festival celebrates everything Puffin! Fun and activities in the Friendliest Port at the best time of year to see the Coquet Island Puffins, as they prepare to take care for their newly h ...
Druridge Bay Country Park
Great Outdoors
Druridge Bay
Druridge Bay Country Park includes three miles of beautiful beach and sand dunes, as well as a 100 acre lake surrounded by woods and meadows. The variety in the landscape and pleasant coastal environm ...
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating:TripadvisorBased on 249 reviews
Housesteads Roman Fort
Historic sites
Haydon Bridge
Housesteads takes you back 2000 years. Spectacular views, modern and insightful museum and stunning ruins. ...
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating:TripadvisorBased on 975 reviews
Snowy Castle
Historic sites
Holy Island
Iconic Tudor Fort converted into an intimate holiday home in 1903 for Edward Hudson by architect Sir Edwin Lutyens. With charming Gertrude Jekyll walled garden and stunning coastal views to Bambu ...
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating:TripadvisorBased on 711 reviews
Assisted Abseil
Adventure Sports
Calvert Trust Kielder offers exciting and exhilarating outdoor adventure activities, fully accessible for the whole family, in the heart of Kielder Water & Forest Park, home to the largest man-mad ...
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating:TripadvisorBased on 42 reviews
Historic sites
Discover Wallington, much-loved home to generations of the unconventional Treveylan family and a magnificent estate where politics and play came together in the heart of Northumberland. ...
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating:TripadvisorBased on 789 reviews
Historic sites
A spectacular castle with fantastic coastal views. The stunning Kings Hall and Keep house collections of armour, artwork, porcelain and furniture.     ...
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating:TripadvisorBased on 2311 reviews
Family fun at Woodhorn
Museums and galleries
From coal mining communities to contemporary art: discover a proud past, The Pitmen Painters and the best in art and heritage at Northumberland's biggest museum. ...
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating:TripadvisorBased on 606 reviews
Alnwick Castle
Historic sites
Alnwick Castle is the second largest inhabited castle in the UK; home to the Percy family for over 700 years and film location for Downton Abbey and Harry Potter's Hogwarts. ...
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating:TripadvisorBased on 3202 reviews
Cannon and castle
Historic sites
In the heart of Northumberland, a medieval castle with stunning views of formal gardens and the Cheviot Hills. Perfect for architectural and naturalist/historical enthusiasts. ...
Welcome to Bailiffgate Museum
Museums and galleries
Bailiffgate Museum brings to life the people and places of North Northumberland in exciting interactive style. Art and history-based exhibitions are staged in the gallery. ...
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating:TripadvisorBased on 126 reviews
Family fishing
Enjoy a few hours fly fishing with qualified coach Bob Smith.  Bob coaches all ages and abilities and makes it FUN. He can provide all tackle and fishes throughout the county. ...
Pick Your Own
Great Outdoors
A true jewel in Northumberland’s shopping crown, Brocksbushes Farm Shop & Tea Room offers a superb selection of fresh vegetables as well as their famed ‘pick your own’ fruit during the summer mo ...
Northumberland Cheese Company
Sightseeing and Leisure
The Cheese Farm is a hub of dairy activity! Dairy tours are available during the week and, guided by one of our senior cheesemakers, you will have a fascinating view into our world at Northumberland C ...
Barber loco in action
Sightseeing and Leisure
Ride on the North of England’s highest narrow gauge railway winding from Alston through the picturesque South Tyne Valley. We have a Discovery Centre, gift shop and the “Buffer Stop& ...

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