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Northumberland's Hidden Gems: Your Staycation Guide

June 26, 2015

Tucked away in the North East of England, Northumberland is one of the country’s most stunning counties – making it an ideal destination for your summer holiday staycation.

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Situated between the Scottish borders and the North Sea, this Northern gem offers unparalleled countryside vistas and beautiful coastlines. From its impressive Roman history to its charming market towns, Northumberland makes for a perfect family holiday – with plenty of sights and activities to keep the whole family busy during the summer holidays.

Sightseeing & Activities in Northumberland

With so much on offer, it’s impossible to cover all of Northumberland’s must-see attractions.

Major highlights include walking along Hadrian’s Wall, seeing the Seals and Puffins at Seahouses, taking in the stunning coastal views and making a trip to the historic Holy Island – and wherever you end up, there’s plenty of opportunity to make lasting family memories.

However, no visit to Northumberland would be complete without a trip to Alnwick, one of the region’s most prominent market towns. With gathered some of Alnwick’s best activities so you can plan your day in this historic town:

Alnwick Castle

Alnwick Castle 1

Image courtesy of Alnwick Castle – Sean Elliot Photography

With more castles and fortified buildings than any other county in England, Northumberland is rich with history – and Alnwick Castle is the shining star in its crown. Home to Harry Potter’s Hogwarts, Alnwick Castle is a must for any visitors to the North East. Click here to find out more.

Alnwick Castle wizard

Image courtesy of Alnwick Castle – Sean Elliot Photography

Bailiffgate Museum

Bailiffgate Museum

Image Courtesy of Bailiffgate Museum

Bailiffgate Museum and Gallery is a people’s museum, where fascinating stories of the past are told about the town and district of Alnwick. A historic building in the town’s Castle Quarter, previously a church, provides a calm and beautiful setting in which to celebrate the distinctive heritage of North Northumberland. It’s an ideal first destination before you explore further, since you’ll know so much more about the highlights of the area.

If you want to absorb some of the history on your next family trip to Alnwick, don’t forget to take advantage of their Kids Go Free offer – click here to find out more about Bailiffgate Museum and print your voucher! From trying on a suit of armour to crawling down a mine, there are plenty of kids’ activities for a fun family day out.

Barter Books

Barter books

Image courtesy of Barter Books

Alnwick’s famous Barter Books is a goldmine for keen readers. Having been referred to as the ‘British Library of second-hand book shops’, Barter Books boasts an enormous selection of reading material – ranging from classic to contemporary. Situated in Alnwick’s old Victorian railway station, this local gem is always worth a visit. Their book exchange policy makes it an ideal way to get your hands on some new novels for your relaxing break in Northumberland – trading in the books you’ve finished reading. Click here to find out more.

Camping & Caravan sites in Northumberland

If you’re looking for inspiration for caravan holidays in Northumberland, we’ve got the lowdown on some of the best caravan and motorhome friendly Northumberland campsites.

Dunstan Hill Camping and Caravanning Club Site

Northumberland boasts some of the best beaches in the country, and Dunstan Hill campsite is ideally situated for a relaxing beach break. Just a short distance from the beautiful Embleton bay, Dunstanburgh Castle and the fishing village of Craster, there’s plenty to keep you entertained. Dunstan Hill is also ideally located for a trip into Alnwick – which is just a few miles away and easily accessible by car. This campsite is part of the Camping and Caravanning Club and offers excellent facilities – and becoming a member is a great way to make the most of staycations in the UK with your new caravan. Click here to find out more.

Hadrian’s Wall Camping and Caravan Site

As the name suggests, this tranquil site is ideally located for exploring Northumberland’s Roman history – just a short distance from Hadrian’s Wall. This fully serviced campsite welcomes both caravans and motorhomes and provides an ideal base from which to explore the area. Click here to find out more.


Thinking about buying a caravan or motorhome?

Tempted to join the staycation nation but don’t yet have a caravan or motorhome? Pegasus Finance can help. A caravan or motorhome is a great investment, especially for families looking to make the most of Britain’s natural beauty. At Pegasus Finance, we specialise in both caravan finance and motorhome finance for any type of vehicle, from any dealership. Try our motorhome finance calculator for a quick and easy estimate today.

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