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Places to Visit

Places to Visit

Alnwick is a busy and attractive market town which is great for a full family day out. During the season the large historical castle is open to the public and is where part of the Harry Potter films were shot. I love the famous Alnwick Gardens, they’re open all year around and are well worth a visit by all ages. It includes a beautiful rose garden, a maze, the poison garden and many water features, complete with pedal tractors for the ‘little ones’ to enjoy! The tree house, apparently one of the largest in Europe, has a lovely restaurant which does really good food. There is also Barter Books, a quaint but extensive second hand book shop (my favourite!) and next to the Playhouse is the White Swan hotel, whose interior is furnished with the fittings from the Titanic’s sister ship, the Olympic.

Alice Burn, Student

Bamburgh and the Grace Darling Museum
My favourite place is Bamburgh with a historical castle and plenty of lovely coastline, plus the interesting Grace Darling Museum.

M. Thompson. Retired

A good place to visit in Northumberland is Cragside near Rothbury. Cragside house is a Victorian house that was ahead of its time. It was the first house to run on hydroelectric power and could be interesting to some people. Personally I found the inside of the house dark, stuffy and boring. The best part of Cragside is the gardens. Children will enjoy exploring the gardens that are laced with dark mysterious paths bubbling streams. The gardens are not suitable for people who have trouble walking and there could be problems in places for pushchairs and wheelchairs. But there is also the drive around the grounds with frequent stopping places to go on short walks and enjoy the view. My grandparents came here and they enjoyed going around the house and sat in the café while my parents, sister and I explored the gardens. Cragside is clearly sign posted from the A697 that runs between Morpeth and Coldstream.

Matthew Dell, Yr 10

Rothbury and Surrounding Area
I really enjoy the area around Rothbury, the views from the road between Rothbury and Alnwick and the walks at Cragside. This is a very good area for walking and photography. Rothbury is on the B6371 from Alnwick. There are small cafes in Rothbury and also at Cragside, which I enjoy very much. I enjoy the area all the year round, but probably most in the spring.

Brian Gibbons, Senior Citizen

Belsay Hall
Belsay Hall is a must see attraction. There is a Natural Rock Garden, (not man made) which hosts many varieties of wild flowers. There is also a Castle and in the hall there is modern art on display, which changes throughout the year. In the grounds there are toilets, a gift shop and restaurant that sells salads, sandwiches etc. Also the Lord Mayor’s coach is on display in the stable block. It is magnificent. I like it.

Mrs Margaret Dennington, Senior Citizen

Northumberland has a wonderful railway heritage. Old rural branch lines, long forgotten, bisect the countryside and there are many fine examples of LNER architecture. I particularly enjoy a visit to the beautifully preserved Victorian station at Norham (by appointment only).

George Brewes, Retired Engineer

Chatton and the Countryside
I grew up in the little village of Chatton, and really love all the countryside around there. I have vivid memories of playing in the River Till, going for walks in Hepburn Woods and up the Ingram Valley near Wooler. And, un-environmental as it may sound, I think it's important not to overlook the towns and villages of the area. Visit Bamburgh for an incredible castle and gorgeous beach.

Sarah Handyside, aged 17

Wooler is my favourite place in Northumberland because the people are friendly and very welcoming. It is a large village situated at the foot of the Cheviot Hills and hosts many beautiful views out towards Chatton, Doddington and Milfield. The scenery is appealing to both locals and tourists alike, especially hill walkers who use Wooler as their base while going on expeditions into the surrounding countryside.

There are many hotels, pubs and restaurants within Wooler, all serving a host of local produce and cuisine. My favourite place to eat is the Ryecroft Hotel, as the food is good and the staff welcome you warmly.

Mrs. Jean Henderson, Senior Citizen

Kielder Water
My favourite place in Northumberland is Kielder Water. I have been there twice and I like it so much because it's fun and at the same time, peaceful. There are lots of places to eat and activities to do, for example canoeing. My favourite place to eat there is Kielder Castle. The best time to go is May to June. Even when it rains there is still lots to do, for example swimming in Leaplish pool. Leaplish is one of the many little villages to stay at there. Day trips are just as fun; you can take the ferry to all of the little villages around Kielder water and spend money on some of the many beautiful gifts in the gift shops.

Jessica Stewart, aged 12