Visit Roman Britain’s most extensive construction, Hadrian’s Wall, to see a vibrant military zone pf mile-castles, barracks, ramparts, forts and settlements, Stretching almost 80 miles in length from the North Sea to the Irish Sea, the wall is an engineering feat that was built to guard the wild north-west frontier of the Roman Empire. Explore the Wall’s rich history as you delve into the remains of forts, towers, turrets and towns that once kept watch over it. Discover rare Roman artefacts as you get hands-on in museums. Have your breath taken away by stunning views as you take in dramatic Cumbrian and Northumbrian landscapes surrounding the Wall.
A wealth of castles stands as a reminder of the many sieges and battles that once waged through this history-rich county. Experience Northumberland at a different level with a visit to magnificent Bamburgh Castle, England’s finest coastal castle. Towering 150 feet above the coast with outstanding sea views, explore nine acres of unique Northumberland with a history dating back thousands of years. Or head to Chillingham Castle – reportedly Britain’s most haunted castle – for a chilling exploration into torture chambers and a ghost tour. Stroll through Ashington’s Community Woods, a large woodland on the former Ashington Colliery site, covering approximately 135 hectares. Enjoy the serenity of its many trails as you keep an eye out for the elusive red squirrel that these woodlands are home to.
Breeze past stately homes and gardens or take the ferry to the Farne Islands to see burrows of adorable puffins! Declared by Sir David Attenborough as his favourite place in the UK to see nature at its best, this cluster of islands is home to around 23 different varieties of bird – a haven for birdwatchers. With around 1,000 pups born each Autumn, the islands are also home to the largest breeding colony of grey or Atlantic seals. Make sure to keep an eye out for the island’s colony hauled up on the rocks or bobbing inquisitively in the sea.