Northumberland - Voted the BEST UK Family Holiday Destination by Mumsnet.com

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.

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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Wallington
Historic sites
Cambo
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 757 reviews
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 235 reviews
Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt
Family event
Visit Wallington, home of the adventurous Trevelyan family and follow our nature themed Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt through the West Wood. ...
Heritage Centre at Bellingham
Museums and galleries
Bellingham
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 ...
Cycling along the Lakeside Way
Adventure Sports
Kielder
Kielder Water & Forest park's rugged wilderness is MTB heaven. Experience some of the best singletrack trails in the UK with breathtaking views. ...
For the family
Museums and galleries
Berwick-upon-Tweed
The museum is housed in the historic Berwick Barracks and contains historical town artefacts and part of Sir William Burrel's art collection. ...
Cannon and castle
Historic sites
Chillingham
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. ...
Alnwick Castle
Historic sites
Alnwick
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 3135 reviews
Memories are made of this.....
Tours, Tour Guides and Courses
Belford
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 46 reviews
Gallery 1
Museums and galleries
Haltwhistle
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 617 reviews
Outside Cragside House Gardens and Estate
Historic sites
Rothbury
Creation of Lord Armstrong, Victorian inventor and landscape genius. Gardens, red squirrels, woodland and lakeside walks. ...
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating:TripadvisorBased on 2133 reviews
Guided Tours
Tours, Tour Guides and Courses
Haydon Bridge
Discover why Northumberland has more Castles than any other county in England and explore the hidden gems and iconic sites of Hadrian's Wall.  ...
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating:TripadvisorBased on 25 reviews
Logo
Family Attraction
Ponteland
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 352 reviews
Nutkins
Family event
Enchantingly squirrel-like and riddled with intrigue, Mr and Mrs Nutkin are set to charm the pants off children and adults. ...
Whylde
Nature and Wildlife
Alnwick
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
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 1321 reviews
Family fun at Woodhorn
Museums and galleries
Ashington
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 586 reviews
Snowdrop Planting Week
Outdoor Event
Cambo
Visit Wallington and help us plant 100,000 snowdrop bulbs during February half term. ...
Garden 1
Garden
Alnwick
One of the world's most extraordinary contemporary gardens. ...
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating:TripadvisorBased on 3048 reviews
Allout Adventures
Adventure Sports
Hexham
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 69 reviews
Triceratops
Family event
Ashington
Step back in time with Brick Dinos and meet dinosaurs in miniature each one masterfully built using LEGO® bricks.  ...
Kite Festival 2017
Outdoor Event
Newbiggin-by-the-Sea
Newbiggin by the Sea hosts their 7th Annual Kite Festival, with special kite making workshops for the children. ...
Alnwick Easter Market
Family event
A fantastic Easter Market hosted in the historic market town of Alnwick. ...
Try Your Hand At
Family event
Get ‘hands-on’ to discover how we care for this much loved home of the Trevelyans. ...
Mini golf
Nature and Wildlife
Kielder
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 227 reviews
Newbiggin Maritime Centre
Museums and galleries
Newbiggin-by-the-Sea
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 178 reviews
Bellshill Farm
Nature and Wildlife
Belford
North Bellshill farm situated in North Northumberland over looking the coastline, Lindisfarne and Bamburgh castle.  With Farm trail/Education Centre ...
Spring Poster
Family event
Cornhill-on-Tweed
February Half-Term Fun at Ford & Etal. Diesel train rides, breadmaking and loads more activities. ...
Little Bear goes North
Family event
Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Little Bear returns in an enchanting new planetarium show especially for under 7s. ...
Animals at Whitehouse Farm Centre
Family Attraction
Morpeth
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 386 reviews
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 505 reviews
Outside RNLI Grace Darling Museum
Museums and galleries
Bamburgh
A museum dedicated to Grace Darling and her family, as well as all those who Save Lives at Sea. ...
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating:TripadvisorBased on 534 reviews
Meet & Greet Beauty & Prince Adam
Family event
Cramlington
On Friday 24th February, all Manor of magic awaits as Beauty & The Beast’s Belle & Prince Adam will be stopping by Centre Mall, Manor Walks to meet & great our little shoppers! ...
Corbridge
Historic sites
Corbridge
Impressive excavated Roman town, walk down the high street and explore English Heritage's impressive museum of Roman finds.  ...
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating:TripadvisorBased on 318 reviews
Butler School
Family event
Belsay
Being the Butler of a Victorian country house is no easy job. Do you think you've got what it takes? Make sure your shoes are polished, your clothes are immaculate and you're standing up straight. ...
Keep
Historic sites
Bamburgh
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 2227 reviews
19th Century Mini Diggers
Family event
This February half-term, head to Chesters Roman Fort and unearth some of Northumberland's hidden past! ...
Stunning Views
Family Attraction
Cornhill-on-Tweed
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 ...
Early Easter Eggstravaganza
Outdoor Event
Hexham
Come and join us for our Geocache Easter Egg Hunt and see if you can find some tasty treats. ...
Castle and Keep
Historic sites
Warkworth
Set in a quaint Northumberland town, this hill-top fortress and hermitage offers a fantastic family day out. ...
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating:TripadvisorBased on 702 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 702 reviews
Hexham Old Gaol
Museums and galleries
Hexham
Tour the Old Gaol, 1330AD, by glass lift. Meet the gaoler, see a Reiver raid and try on costumes. ...
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating:TripadvisorBased on 40 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 951 reviews
Museum Front
Family Attraction
Haltwhistle
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 13 reviews
Amble Puffin Festival
Outdoor Event
Amble
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 ...
Assisted Abseil
Adventure Sports
Kielder
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 37 reviews
Chesters Bath-House
Historic sites
Chollerford
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 398 reviews
Barber loco in action
Sightseeing and Leisure
Alston
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& ...
Family fishing
Fishing
Morpeth
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. ...
Northumberland Cheese Company
Sightseeing and Leisure
Blagdon
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 ...
Welcome to Bailiffgate Museum
Museums and galleries
Alnwick
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 110 reviews
Pick Your Own
Great Outdoors
Corbridge
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 ...

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