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Northumberland - Our favourite family friendly places to visit.

We visit Northumberland on a regular basis, visiting some of our favourite attractions and exploring this lovely part of the world. We had a think of some of our favourites to visit and honestly, we could have gone and on about places, but these are our favourites.

PLEASE NOTE: Some attractions are currently closed, due to Covid-19 and most are operating on a limited capacity basis. Most attractions are also only allowing pre-booked visits. Please check with individual attractions before travelling.

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Felton Fruit Farm - A great option for killing a few hours, we visit a few times every year and stock up our freezer with delicious fresh fruit. A true hidden gem in my opinion.

Belsay Hall, Castle & Gardens - Belsay is one of our favourites to head to, we love having a walk through the gardens and exploring. We have seen many creatures here from frogs to a lady bird nest. A great way to spend a day.

Cragside - National Trust Cragside is an amazing attraction, with so much to see and do you can easily fill your day with adventure.

Goswick Beach - One of the best in my opinion as it is always quiet, we have been numerous times throughout the year and the busiest it gets is 20 people in the summer. Beautiful white sandy beach. Look out for Dolphins.

Alnwick Castle - Alnwick Castle is an impressive sight, the boys enjoy a trip here and love to explore the grounds and a look through the rooms too. Look out for the Dragon.

Warkworth Castle - We really enjoy a trip to Warkworth Castle, the boys enjoy exploring the ruins and walking around the Castle. We have been visiting Warkworth for many years now and can't wait to get back.

Holy Island - Holy Island is a great place to spend a day, make sure you check the tide times though as you really do not want to get stranded. You can visit the ruins & Castle and explore the nature reserve or you can have a wander along the beach. Look out for a vast array of birds.

Bamburgh Castle - Everytime we drive past Bamburgh we always look up to the castle and say 'WOW' such a pretty castle. The boys really enjoyed our visit last year and to be honest there's quite a bit to see and do, which I didn't expect (no reason why) we were lucky enough to meet some amazing archaeologists who were busy digging here, so that was fun (Toby has always had a love for Archaeology)

Preston Tower - Another gem to discover is Preston Tower, we have visited here a few times now and love it everytime. You can learn about the history of the tower, climb to the top and you can go on a few walks through the forest.

Kielder Forest - We love the great outdoors so Kielder is a fab, fun place for us, tons to explore including the castle, minotaur maze, observatory and birds of prey centre.

Berwick Barracks and museum - When we lived in Scotland, Berwick was only 20 minutes away from us and we loved visiting the museum and barracks.There is loads to see here.

Alnwick Gardens - My favourite part is the Toxic Gardens, I have always had a love for botany and just find everything so interesting here. Halloween is a great time to visit.

Howick Hall, Gardens and Arboretum - We have annual passes for Howick and just love visiting throughout the year. The boys enjoy the space to explore and like to relax in Sensory Garden.

Ford & Etal - Again another place we used to spend lots of time was Ford & Etal, our boys were in the local Scouts group here and they just loved visiting the Horses at Hay Farm. You can easily spend a day here visiting the various attractions.

Brinkburn Priory - Tucked away in woodlands Brinkburn is such a peaceful place to visit, lovely to visit with a picnic too. We have been many times and find it so relaxing.

Corbridge roman town - One of our favourite sites on Hadrian's wall, with a museum and an outdoor ruin site to explore. You can also see some pretty awesome views too. Perfect way to spend a morning.

Chesters roman fort - Another great site on Hadrian's wall is Chester roman fort. I really like this place and find it fascinating although the last time we visited we took shelter under a tree as we got caught in a huge storm.

Have you thought about English Heritage and National Trust Passes? It has saved us so much money over the years visiting some of our favourite places. It is so worth it when you have kids too.

(My opinion, I am not being paid to advertise either).

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