The county of Northumberland in north east England attracts visitors from far and wide. Northumberland boasts spectacular beaches, historical castles, beautiful gardens, pristine golf courses and a wonderful rugged countryside. It has plenty of charm and character, whatever time of the year you decide to travel.
Winter in the north east can certainly be challenging, however there are still lots of local attractions and events happening at this time of year. If the weather takes a turn for the worst, there’s no need to miss out on exciting indoor attractions like:-
Blue Reef Aquarium, Tynemouth
This aquarium has more than 40 naturally themed habitats which represent the north east coast to tropical waters. Visitors can enjoy an exotic under water journey where everyone can see otters, seals, sea horses, stingrays and a lot more.
Lindisfarne Castle, Holy Island
This is one of the UK’s most famous castles in Northumberland. This castle was originally a Tudor fort that was converted into a private home in 1903. The rooms are small but exquisitely decorated and designed. You will be able to see the charming walled garden from the castle’s windows, the bracing sea and majestic coastline.
We have also written a blog post all about Lindisfarne talking about the island, it’s wildlife and castle. Feel free to check it out here.
Woodside Walled Garden
Near Jedburgh on the Scottish Borders, Woodside is a plant centre and café which is located in a beautiful walled garden. A log burning stove welcomes visitors on a cold winter day. Grab a bite to eat and a hot drink while you watch the birds feeding on the feeders outside, what a way to spend a cosy morning or afternoon.
See the stars and beyond from the amazing Kielder Observatory. Situated only a few miles from the Scottish Border high upon Blackfell near James Tyrell’s Kielder Sky Space, this fantastic observatory is an ideal indoor place to visit during the winter months. What could be better than seeing a universe full of stars and the winter night sky?
Winter events in Northumberland
There are always plenty of things to do and see in Northumberland no matter what the season is. Just because it’s winter, events don’t stop in this attractive county. There’s the Autumn Craft Fair at Newbiggin-by-the-sea, While the Lamps were Out Evening Opening Exhibition at the Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick and the Christmas Market in Hexham. How about going to the Victoria Christmas Kitchen at Belsay or Walk around the Parks at Berwick-on-Tweed? There’s also the Arts and Crafts Show at Kelso or why not join in the popular Cragside Christmas Cracker 10m Fun Run?
Whichever event you decide to go to, what could be better than being welcomed back to the pet-friendly Warkworth House Hotel for a rest, hot meal and a warm drink? Guests and their pets can expect great hospitality and a friendly atmosphere in the heart of the Northumberland countryside.