May 25, 2017
Northumberland is a county in North East England that is a stone’s throw away from the Scottish border. It holds an incredible history with houses and rock art dating back to the BC era; remnants of the iron age, evidence of Roman occupation in Hadrian’s Wall and the many, many monasteries erected during the Norman conquest and it holds the most castles and battle sites in Britain. Not only is it steeped in history but it holds some of the most beautiful countrysides in England which is a mean feat considering England is also home to the Yorkshire Moors and the Cotswolds. If you’re thinking of taking a trip to Northumberland, here are the must-see places to visit to make the most of your trip.
- Cragside House and Gardens
The Grade I listed building has a fascinating history, it was the first house in the world to be lit with hydroelectric power back in 1868. Owned by Lord Armstrong, it is an impressive manor house that houses Europe’s largest rock garden and has an incredible collection of artefacts and furnishings including works by John Hancock and William Morris. Today it is owned by the National Trust and it has been open to the public since the late 1970’s, allowing people from all over the world to come and explore the house and its 1000 acre garden. It is a firm favourite with all who visit it and is guaranteed to not disappoint.
- The Grace Darling Museum
This museum honours the heroism of a lighthouse keepers daughter who, in 1838, saved the lives of nine people who had been on the ill-fated Forfarshire. In the early hours of 7th September 1838, Grace looked out of an upstairs window to see that the Forfarshire had ran aground and half of the ship had sank into the sea with survivors clinging to rocks. Grace and her father selflessly rowed through stormy waters to rescue them, saving nine lives that night and giving them shelter for three days until the storm subsided. Her actions became famous throughout Britain, even Queen Victoria heard about her bravery and, in 1939, a museum was opened in her honour. The museum is dedicated to Grace’s life before and after the event and is free to all who visit and, if you are interested in finding out more about Grace, you can book with www.gracedarlingholidays.com where accommodation is a stone’s throw away from the museum itself.
- The Alnwick Gardens
These gardens are renowned throughout Britain for being one of the most beautiful contemporary gardens in the country. Situated in Alnwick Castle, it is listed as one of the must-see sights in Northumberland by the http://www.visitnorthumberland.com/ website due to its breathtaking water features, its intriguing Bamboo Labyrinth and amazing treehouse which has been dubbed the largest in the world. It is a wonderful place for the whole family and it doesn’t matter what time of the year you visit, the gardens are interchangeable and remain stunning all year around.