Be Inspired - Things to do Northumberland

Relaxation or adventure?  The properties are an ideal base for exploring the stunning Northumberland Coast, designated by the National Trust an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Be Inspired - Things to do in Northumberland

The properties are a mile from the sea and Craster harbour, where a ribbon of breathtaking coastline stretches north from Craster to Dunstanburgh Castle, on to Embleton, up the coast to Beadnell, Seahouses and Bamburgh beyond. To the South the coastal path follows the sea as far as Alnmouth. 


Northumberland is the king of the castles - within 40 minutes of the properties you can visit 6 of them!

Dunstanburgh Castle

A 14th Century fortification in an impressive coastal setting. A stunning 3 mile coastal walk, highly recommended. (2 minute drive to Craster car park)

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Alnwick Castle

Where the walls are steeped in history and filled with tales of warfare, romance and chivalry. More recently the castle has been the setting for the first 2 Harry Potter films and Downton Abbey Christmas specials! (15 mins by car)

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Bamburgh Castle

Seated on a rocky plateau, high above the Northumbrian coastline, Bamburgh is one of the largest inhabited castles in the country. (21 mins by car)

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Warkworth Castle

A mighty Northumbrian fortress, crowning the hilltop above the River Coquet. (24 mins by car)

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Chillingham Castle

This 12th century stronghold became base-camp for the 1298 conquering attack on Wiliam Wallace by Edward I. The extensive gardens were designed by Capability Brown in 1752. (30 mins by car)

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Lindisfarne Castle

Cross the dramatic causeway (watch the tides!) to reach the Island of Lindisfarne with its 16th century castle and the ancient Lindisfarne Priory which dates back 1400 years. (36 mins by car)

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Boots, Boards, Bikes.


Ranging from challenging long distance trails to leisurely coastal walks, the Northumberland Coast has it all! The properties are a 15 minutes walk from the coastal path stretching from Amble to the south up to Bamburgh in the north - how much of it you walk is up to you! If you fancy an inland hike, the Cheviots are only half an hour away. 

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For adrenaline-seeking folks the beaches offer a great opportunity to surf and body board. Beginner lessons are available locally. There are also opportunities for diving, coasteering, kayaking, kite surfing and snorkelling. These activities are best booked in advance so do let us know if you're interested and we'll sort things out for you.

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If you're staying at Hemmel House and bringing your own bikes, there's bike storage available. The properties are on the "Coast and Castles" cycle route, so you can choose part of the route for a different ride each day. Cycle hire is also available locally, ask us for more details.

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Golfing, Twitching, Angling!


Dunstanburgh Links Golf Course is ten minutes drive from the properties and provides a stunning setting for a round of golf. There are also links courses at Alnmouth, Seahouses and Bamburgh.

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The Daily Telegraph described Northumberland as "a birder's paradise." There's everything from boat trips to the Farne Islands (in season) to the hide at Newton Pools Nature Reserve.

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This spectacular coastline with its rugged cliffs attracts many summer anglers, fishing for bass, plaice and mackerel. Charter boats take visitors offshore from Seahouses, Craster and Amble. 

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As well as the famous Alnwick Gardens (pictured) there are other horticultural delights including Howick Hall and Gardens, the home of Earl Grey tea (10 mins by car) and Cragside House and Gardens, the first house to be lit by hydro electricity (35 mins by car).

Other Great Stuff!

For Bookworms - Barter Books, Alnwick

One of the largest second hand bookshops in Europe. A converted railway station, originally built in 1887 to impress visiting royalty. While away the hours, browsing the books, sitting by the enormous log fire or enjoying lunch in the old waiting room. It is also the home of the "Keep Calm and Carry On" memorabilia.

Weddings at Newton Hall and Doxford Barn

These amazing wedding venues are within a half hour drive of the properties. So, if you’re basing your trip around attending a wedding, these are the ideal properties to retreat to when the celebrations are over!  Be sure to book your return taxi from the venue ahead of time – we can help you with numbers. 

Mick Oxley Art Gallery Craster

Enjoy browsing or choose from an original piece or a postcard – something for every pocket!