Northumberland is a land of peace and solitude. The wide open spaces of the Northumberland National Park provide a landscape of seemingly endless beauty, from the astonishing engineering feat of Hadrian's wall, to the breathtaking Cheviot Hills. It offers something for everyone; walkers, nature lovers, photographers, artists and landscape enthusiasts.


Bamburgh Castle (by Jonathan Cannon)

Northumberland is the most northerly English county. The eastern coast, is low lying and sandy, behind which lies a wide coastal plain. The north provides much rich grazing land, and further west a bare upland country leads to the Cheviot Hills. The Pennine moors and dales lie in the south-west of the county, which are richly wooded towards the Tyne valley, where the River Tyne meanders along the southern border of the county.

'The crowning county of England - yes the best!'

Swinburne (concerning Northumberland)

County Towns:

Alnwick (pre 1981), Morpeth - distance from London: 299 miles (481 km)

Nearby Counties:

Cumbria, County Durham, Scottish Borders, Tyne and Wear

Train Operators:

East Coast

Nearest Airport:


Major Roads:

A1, A68

Highest point:

Cheviots, 2676 feet


Aln, Coquet, Rede, Tyne

County Flower:

Bloody Cranesbill

Local Delicacies:

Berwick Cockles - the name given to a local old-fashioned peppermint sweet.
Stottie cake - a traditional savoury bread.
Pease pudding - Pease pudding 'hot' pease pudding 'cold', one of the most famous northern dishes.

The Meaning of Northumberland

First recorded in 895 as Norohymbraland. The name comes from the Anglo Saxon term meaning 'the place of those living north of the Humber'.

Map of Northumberland

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Towns and Villages in Northumberland

Alnwick, Beal, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Corbridge, Hexham, Lindisfarne, Morpeth

Attractions in Northumberland

Bamburgh Castle | Belsay Hall | Temple of Mithras | Corbridge Roman Site | Dunstanburgh Castle | Housesteads Roman Fort | Warkworth Castle | Vindolanda


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