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Northumberland

A magical land of beautiful castles, long sandy beaches and stunning countryside awaits you in the romantic county of Northumberland!

Where to go

Forget-me-not Lodge is the perfect central base from which to visit the amazing places of Northumberland. Explore our list of must-see places and things to do in Northumberland below – from famous castles, to beaches and hills, towns and villages.

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  • 28 miles away
    Bamburgh Castle

    Once home to the kings of ancient Northumbria, Bamburgh Castle is one of Northumberland’s most iconic buildings.

  • 8 miles away
    Druridge Bay

    Often described as one of Britain’s hidden gems, Druridge Bay covers the coastline from Amble to Bamburgh.

  • 1 miles away
    Eshott Heugh Animal Park

    Just around the corner from us is the fantastic Eshottheugh Animal Park. This family-run animal park offers 17 acres for little (and big) wildlife explorers with over 50 species of animal to see!

  • 50 miles away
    Hadrian’s Wall

    This Roman feat of engineering once divided England and Scotland. Today, it still stretches from coast to coast, affording some of the most spectacular and romantic walks and views in the world. With forts and ‘milecastles’ along the route to explore, the wall is a great day out.

  • 23 miles away
    Newcastle upon Tyne

    For a change from the tranquility of Northumberland, the city of Newcastle upon Tyne offers a vibrant, bustling and hugely diverse experience for a day or night out. World-class culture, fine dining, history, shopping and wonderful architecture await you!

  • 18 miles away
    Dunstanburgh Castle

    Dunstanburgh – once one of the most striking and formidable fortifications in the British Isles – is now a beautifully romantic and iconic ruin. The castle is operated by the National Trust and is a favourite along with nearby Chillingham Castle for ghost hunters!

  • 11 miles away
    Whitehouse Farm

    This hugely popular farm attraction is set in 40 acres just 11 miles south of Forget-me-not. It’s a great day out for families or couples, with a real mix of species from the normal to the exotic! With activities and programmes, there’s plenty to do and learn.

  • 0.5 miles away
    The Running Fox

    The Running Fox is an absolute MUST during your stay! Just half a mile along the road from us, this artisan coffee shop is a wonderful place serving sandwiches, platters and soups, fresh pies and quiches, all made daily and served with fresh hand made breads.

  • 36 miles away
    Holy Island

    Lindisfarne is a historical beauty spot like no other – a romantic 16th century castle with spectacular views over the north Northumberland coast, coupled with a famous religious past makes it a must-do. Remember to check for tide times before you leave!

  • 26 miles away
    Farne Islands

    A boat trip to the Farnes is a must-do for wildlife enthusiasts. The islands are home to a wide array of wildlife and are the most well-known sea-bird sanctuary in the UK. There’s also a large colony of Atlantic or Grey Seals.

  • 12 miles away
    Alnwick Castle

    Famous the world over for its associated with Harry Potter (the movies were filmed there), Alnwick Castle is the second-largest inhabited castle in England.

  • 12 miles away
    The Alnwick Garden

    Built on land next to Alnwick Castle, the Garden comprises a complex of incredible ornate gardens, a fabulous tree house complete with restaurant and wedding venue, and a fascinating poison garden for the brave to explore!

  • 25 miles away
    Chillingham Castle

    Famous as one of the most haunted castles in Britain, the fascinating Chillingham Castle is one of Northumberland’s best days out.

  • 10 miles away
    Warkworth Castle

    The beautiful and romantic Warkworth Castle has a fabulously rich and famous history, dating back to the 12th century.

  • 26 miles away
    Seahouses

    This colourful and fascinating fishing village offers incredible boat trips to the Farne Islands in addition to a plethora of shops, crazy golf, pubs, fish and chip restaurants and a beautiful golden beach.

  • 10 miles away
    Cresswell Beach

    Cresswell Beach can be found just 10 miles from Forget-me-not and is one of the most peaceful and remote beaches in the UK. Cresswell is famous for its popular ice cream shop. There’s a wonderful 15th century Pele Tower in the village too if you’re interested in history!

What to do

Golf

For those who enjoy a round of golf, there are an abundance of courses – including some with stunning beach views at Warkworth, Dunstanburgh Castle and Newbiggin by the sea.

Horse Riding

There are hundreds of square miles of beautiful countryside – rolling hills and valleys – ready to explore on horseback. Northumberland has several horse riding schools around the county.

Cycling

For the more adventurous, there are cycle paths and tracks all over Northumberland to explore and find some of the breathtaking sights and scenery from. Mountain biking is extremely popular in the hillier parts of the county including the Cheviots.

Walking

Walkers flock to Northumberland from around the world to take advantage of the unique, serenely beautiful peace of the county. With trails and walks criss crossing the land, you’ll find public footpaths everywhere – leading to the most wonderful valleys and hills, beaches and coves.

 

Kite Surfing

Kite surfing is a big thing off the coast of Northumberland, and you can take part here either as a seasoned pro, or a beginner with lessons at Beadnell Bay near Seahouses.