5 unmissable sights in York
By Sukie Chapman
1 July 2015
York is an ancient city brimming with history and beauty, we’ve selected the 5 unmissable sights of the city. Experience them for yourself on UK rail tours.Read more
Hugging north east England's border with Scotland, the rural county of Northumberland can claim one of the last truly unspoiled landscapes in Britain. 405 square miles of the county comprise the Northumberland National Park; a vast expanse of gorgeous rolling hills and open meadows, lakes and forests traversed by more than seven hundred miles of footpaths. Officially Britain's most tranquil location, the Northumberland National Park is a must for walkers, stargazers - there is no light pollution here - and anyone who is inspired by the raw beauty of wild and rugged English countryside.
The county also possesses a long and rich history: a former
stronghold of the Roman Empire, Northumberland was subsequently the
scene of centuries of skirmishes between England and Scotland. As a
result there are more historic castles here than in any other
Northumberland's remarkable beauty is not merely contained inland; the county's long, golden-sanded coastline is equally lovely and a coastal path stretches 64 miles from the historic Berwick-upon-Tweed, England's northernmost town, to the picturesque medieval village of Warkworth with its magnificent thirteenth century castle.
Holidays in Northumberland offer a retreat from the modern world to a county of unspoilt beauty, pretty and historic towns and villages, golden beaches and a seemingly endless fund of sights and activities to enjoy at your own leisurely pace.
Northumberland's treasures are too numerous to list in one place, but among the highlights of England's least-populated county here are some that should not be missed:
This tiny tidal island is linked to mainland Northumberland by a paved causeway that is only exposed by the tide twice each day. Also known as 'Holy Island' a monastery was established on Lindisfarne in 634 by Saint Aiden. Its ruin, along with the island's many other historic buildings and attractions are enjoyed by more than 600,000 visitors each year.
Close to the village of Haydon Bridge, little remains of Housesteads Roman fort, but that's unsurprising since it's around two thousand years old. But from their position on an escarpment beside the UNESCO-listed Hadrian's Wall, these ancient stones are surrounded by stunning views, whilst an outstanding museum brings the fort's story to life.
Pronounced 'annick', this cobbled medieval market town is not only picture-postcard perfect but also features a superb 14th-century castle (Alnwick Castle doubled as 'Hogwarts' in the first two Harry Potter films), a wealth of historic architecture, the magnificent Alnwick Garden and an abundance of attractions, shops, restaurants and entertainments to please everyone.