Explore English Borders


Northumberland has a wealth of historic sites some dating back to the second century. Our guests find that we are ideally situated for exploring these sites. A selection of our guest’s most popular sites is shown here. Click on each link or contact us to obtain more information.

For those wishing just to sample the tranquil scenery of Northumberland we suggest a circular tour to the Kielder Water & Kielder Forest or to Rothbury, Coquetdale & the Cheviot Hills in the Northumberland National Park.


School House B&B HeaderGragside HouseBamburgh CastleAlnwick CastleAlnwick GardensFort on Hadrian's WallLindisfarne CastleLindisfarne Priory

Cragside House & Gardens: The revolutionary home of Lord Armstrong, Victorian inventor & landscape genius. The house is crammed with ingenious gadgets & was the first in the world to use hydro-electricity. The garden has 5 lakes, one of Europe's largest rock gardens, over 7 million trees & shrubs & some 30 miles of pathways.

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Bamburgh Castle: the royal capital founded in AD547 by the Anglo Saxon King Ida the Flambearer. During the War of the Roses it was destroyed by canon fire in 1654. Re-building started in 1757 & was completed in the 20th century by Lord Armstrong.

Alnwick Castle: founded circa AD1096 by Yves de Vessey. Home of the Percys, Earls & Dukes of Northumberland, since 1309. Restored in the 12th and early 18th centuries. Features in many of the Harry Potter film settings. 

Alnwick Castle Gardens: The gardens were created by Capability Brown in 1750 but by 1950 had fallen into disrepair. In 1997 the 12th Duchess spearheaded a 10 year £42 million restoration & enlargement of world-renown.

The Holy Island of Lindisfarne: In AD635 St Aidan built the first monastery on the tidal island of Lindisfarne. It was later known as Holy Island in memory of the monks who were killed by the Vikings in AD793. The monastery continued until Henry VIII enacted its dissolution in 1538.

Lindisfarne Castle: Lindisfarne castle was built in the 16th century using stones from the monastery. Originally a Tudor fort, it was converted into a private house in 1903 by the young Edwin Lutyens

Note! Check the tide times as Lindisfarne has no vehicle access during high tides.

Hadrians Wall: In AD122 Roman Emperor Hadrian ordered a wall to be built across England to control access from the North. The Wall is 73 miles long, is the largest Ancient Monument in northern Europe and is a World Heritage Site. Visit the Roman Army Museum and Vindolanda.

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