The stunning county of Northumberland is home to the northernmost point in England. With rugged coastlines, rolling hills, and historic monuments, Northumberland is an incredible place to explore.
Bordering Scotland, Northumberland was often the last frontier for many past inhabitants that have ruled England. To protect their land, many leaders built castles and other fortifications, many of which are still standing. With over 70 castles in Northumberland, this is more than any other English county. The most famous of these is the World Heritage site of Hadrian’s Wall, built by Roman Emperor Hadrian almost 2,000 years ago. Stretching for 73 miles, much of this wall covers what is today part of Northumberland.
Another point of both historic and modern interest is Alnwick Castle, found in the small market town of Alnwick, the traditional Northumbrian county town. This castle was built in the Norman era and is the second largest castle in the country. It is inhabited by the 12th Duke of Northumberland, but visitors are welcome in summer.
For Harry Potter fans, make sure to visit to Alnwick Castle, the set for the Hogwarts School in the Harry Potter movies! The castle is popular with fans of the book and movie franchise and attracts roughly 800,000 visitors each year.
There are plenty more historic sites to visit in Northumberland. You could explore the ruins of the castle in Berwick-Upon-Tweed, England’s most northern town. Or, take a trip to the Grade I listed Bamburgh Castle, which lies on the beautiful Northumberland coast.