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Overview


Northumberland borders

Introduction

The North of England has a lot to offer, so this itinerary suggests places in Northumberland that could enhance your visits to other Northern destinations without having to travel too far. They are also great places to stop off on your way into or out of Northumberland.

Itinerary Ideas

Near the Scottish Border

1.    The Ford & Etal Estate is a real beauty of a place. The estate is home to two chocolate box villages and a variety of visitor attractions including Northumberland’s oldest working watermill, the Heatherslaw Light Railway and Lady Waterford Hall which is a true ‘hidden gem’.

Near the Newcastle/Tyne & Wear Border

2.    The Northumberland Cheese Company has two strings to its bow. The Cheese Loft Café offers refreshments including scones served with cheese and chutney and the most delicious cheese soup. If you fancy an activity, they also offer dairy tours where you can see the cheese being made and have a tasting session, plus they can do a package price including lunch.

3.    The Holiday Inn Gosforth Park Newcastle is ideally situated for those wanting to explore the whole region. Based on the border between Northumberland and Newcastle it makes exploring in all directions an easy task.

Near the Durham Border

4.    The Lord Crewe Arms is nestled in the picturesque medieval village of Blanchland on the border with County Durham. This historic hotel offers a delicious British pub menu showcasing seasonal, home-grown fare. Stop for a bite to eat or make it your base, with 21 rooms it is the perfect countryside getaway for groups.

Near the Cumbrian/Lake District Border

5.    The route of the South Tynedale Railway crosses the Northumberland-Cumbria border, with the main station situated in Alston. It is the North of England’s highest narrow gauge railway and has a new Discovery Centre telling its fascinating history.

6.    Birdoswald is a Roman Fort where you can see the longest continuous stretch of Hadrian’s Wall and is ideally placed for those wanting to stop off on their way across the country from Cumbria to Northumberland or vice versa.

Tourist Information Centre

We have 11 Tourist Information Centres across the county.

Contact Details

Hopefully this itinerary has given you some ideas for planning your group visit to Northumberland. If you need any further help, please don’t hesitate to contact Natalie at Northumberland Tourism – your group travel liaison.

groups@northumberlandtourism.co.uk         01670 794 900

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Places and distances


Heatherslaw Light Railway
TD12 4TJ

Within half an hour's drive of the Northumberland National Park and Cheviot Hills, the historic border towns of Berwick-upon-Tweed and Kelso, the Holy Island of Lindisfarne and magnificent Bamburgh Castle, this privately owned rural estate is the perfect group venue with a range of options for every age and interest, whether visiting for an hour or a whole day.

Approx 43.23 mile(s) between Ford & Etal Estates and Northumberland Cheese
Cheese Making
NE13 6BZ

Come for a Dairy Tour in the heart of Northumberland, and see the true workings of Northumberland Cheese Company

Approx 1.39 mile(s) between Northumberland Cheese and Holiday Inn Newcastle Gosforth Park
Exterior
NE13 6BP

Holiday Inn® Newcastle - Gosforth Park hotel offers smart rooms and a laid-back, group friendly restaurant in a peaceful rural setting just north of Newcastle. The hotel offers free Wi-Fi and ample free coach parking which is all onsite.  Work out in the leisure centre, clock a few laps in the indoor pool and wind down in the sauna. 

Approx 22.54 mile(s) between Holiday Inn Newcastle Gosforth Park and The Lord Crewe Arms
The Lord Crewe Arms
DH8 9SP

Set in the midst of the North Pennine Moors, The Lord Crewe Arms Hotel, Pub and restaurant  is the very epitome of a countryside escape.

Approx 15.58 mile(s) between The Lord Crewe Arms and South Tynedale Railway
Travel through the Pennines
CA9 3JB

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” cafe serving freshly made food.

For timetables and news of special events visit www.south-tynedale-railway.org.uk

Approx 13.52 mile(s) between South Tynedale Railway and Birdoswald Roman Fort
Birdoswald Roman Fort
CA8 7DD

Birdoswald Roman Fort is the perfect place to see the longest continuous remaining stretch of this magnificent World Heritage Site, Hadrian's Wall. Explore the extensive remains of the Roman fort and discover interactive displays, artefacts and a model of the wall in our fascinating exhibition.

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Itineraries

Go a little further...
Enhance your North East visit
Have you heard the one
Myths and legends
The edge of Empire
Our Roman story
Rest, Refreshment & Retail
Refreshment stop options to consider
Our History & Heritage
Northumberland is famous for its castles and Hadrian's Wall
Welcome aboard
A view from a train
A green and pleasant land
A gardeners delight
Hadrian's Wall
Discover the famous UNESCO World Heritage Site

It's in our nature
Tourist Information Centres in Northumberland
Late availability noticeboard