Northumberland is a county in North East England, bordering Scotland, Cumbria, Country Durham, and Tyne and Wear. To the east is the North Sea, with a 64-mile coastline path enjoyed by many walkers. There are many beautiful places to live in Northumberland, and it is championed for its stunning countryside, including that of Northumberland National Park.
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Moving to Northumberland
Morpeth is the capital of Northumberland and lies on the River Wansbeck. Despite being the capital, it has stunning period architecture, and a town centre that has a wonderful village feel.
Hexham is located in the south of Northumberland and is a traditional ancient town. Countryfile Magazine named Hexham as England’s favourite market town in 2011 and it is not hard to see why, with its 12th century Abbey, beautiful location, and traditional marketplace.
There are some fantastic coastal retreats in Northumberland. Alnmouth is a picture postcard village with stunning beaches and coloured cottages. Just inland from Alnmouth is Alnwick; a historic market town which is home to the impressive Alnwick Castle which was used as Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films.
If you would prefer somewhere inland that boasts fantastic scenery, a move to Wooler could be ideal. It is a small town with the Northumberland National Park on its doorstep. The views from Wooler are second to none.
South from Wooler, but still located on the edge of the Northumberland National Park, is Rothbury village. Amongst the trees and foliage of a hillside is where you will find the traditional village, with quaint tea rooms and shops nestled amongst the amazing period properties.
Other fantastic places to live in Northumberland include Bamburgh, Craster, Seahouses, and Warkworth.
Attractions in Northumberland
You could not live in or visit Northumberland without an excursion to Hadrian’s Wall. Understandably, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and there is an 84-mile path which stretches the entire length.
The Farne Islands are a collection of islands off of the Northumberland coast and it is a wildlife enthusiasts dream. Visitors can catch a boat from Seahouses, and visit the islands to take in the seals, puffins, cormorants, guillemots, and artic terns. It is an incredible sight and one of the only places in the world where you can witness nature at its finest.
Cragside was described in 1880 as ‘a place of the modern magician’ and today it is truly a unique visitor attraction. The Cragside estate comprises of gardens, woodland, and an extraordinary Victorian house.
The Holy Island of Lindisfarne is a tidal island located just off of the Northumberland coast. Lindisfarne Castle sits atop the island and dates back to the 16th century. Lindisfarne is only accessible at low tide by means of a causeway.