Enjoy local attractions and activities
National Park, AONB, Heritage Coast, historic castles and more
Honeysuckle Cottage is ideally situated to enable you to explore this beautiful part of North East England and the Scottish Borders.
From one of the UK's National Parks to an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, from rolling countryside to glorious beaches, from historic castles to modern attractions, from vibrant cities to traditional country villages... we have it all.
In a bit more detail...
There is so much to see and do on your visit to this part of the world, below we have highlighted just some of the wonderful locations and attractions that are well worth seeing on your visit.
- Northumberland Coast (AONB). The Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty was designated in 1958 and covers 39 miles of coast from Berwick to the Coquet estuary. Within this stretch of coastline is some of the most dramatic coastal scenery in the country. With wonderful sweeping sandy beaches, rolling dunes, rocky cliffs and idyllic isolated islands.
- Northumberland National Park. Northumberland National Park is situated to the west of Northumberland, with around 405 square miles of superb wilderness to explore. The landscape is an outstanding mix of high hills, dales and crystal clear rivers and, not forgetting, the magnificent Kielder Water - Europe's biggest man made lake. There is a good tradition of walking paths and cycleways in the National Park and Northumberland, so for the outdoor enthusiast there will be something to occupy you for every day of your visit.
- Berwick-upon-Tweed. England's most northerly town, Berwick-upon-Tweed sits mid way between Newcastle and Edinburgh. This Elizabethan walled border town has been fought over by the Scots and the English throughout its history, changing hands 14 times. Not surprisingly the town provides a fascinating insight in to this past, with the first purpose-built army barracks in Britain, bastions, buttresses and historic sites. History aside, Berwick is in an estuary with golden sandy beaches and a wonderful variety of birds and wildlife. Perfect for a day trip or as an overnight stop on the way to Edinburgh.
- Holy Island. Separated from the Northumberland mainland twice a day by the fast moving tides, a trip to Holy Island is like entering another world. Travel the Causeway during low tide to see Lindisfarne Castle and, the epicenter of Christianity during Saxon times, Lindisfarne Priory. In addition to its history, the wildlife on the island is extra special with the protected mud flats, salt marshes and dunes forming the Lindisfarne Nature Reserve, home to rare plants and a vast array of birds.
- Bamburgh Castle. A truly iconic building in Northumberland, Bamburgh Castle was once home to the kings of ancient Northumbria. The castle was completely restored in 1900 and you will find wonderful collections of china, porcelain, furniture, paintings, arms and armour inside. It is the home of the Armstrong family, and the building is all in use. The present fortress is the result of restoration and expansion over the centuries, a building of historic and general interest with the public tour passing through the museum room, grand kings hall, cross hall, armoury and the Victorian scullery.
- Farne Island. Owned by the National Trust the Farne Islands are home to one of the most exciting seabird colonies in England with unrivalled views of 23 species, including around 37,000 pairs of puffin. What's more, the Islands are also home to a large grey seal colony, with more than 1,000 pups born every autumn. A perfect place to take a picnic, relax and enjoy the wildlife and the views of Bamburgh Castle and the Cheviot Hills.
- Alnwick Castle. The castle and stately home is the seat of the Duke of Northumberland. Built following the Norman conquest, and renovated and remodelled a number of times. It is a Grade I listed building and receives over 800,000 visitors per year
- Cragside. A country house in the civil parish of Cartington in Northumberland. It was the first house in the world to be lit using hydroelectric power. Built into a rocky hillside above a 4 km² forest garden, it was the country home of Lord Armstrong and has been in the care of the National Trust since 1977. Built in 1863 as a modest two-storey country lodge, it has subsequently been extended transforming it into an elaborate mansion in the Free Tudor style
- Bide-a-Wee Cottage Gardens. One of Northumberland's hidden gems, listed on the enjoyEngland website as one of '5 Hidden Gardens' saying 'you'll love it' and describing it as somewhere 'you can escape the modern world'.
- Edinburgh. Just 50 miles from Honeysuckle Cottage, the delights of Scotland's capital can be explored on a day trip. Take in the historic Edinburgh Castle, Princes Street Gardens, the National Galleries, the Scottish Parliament and finish with a guided ghost tour of the city! Of course, Edinburgh is famous for its Festivals, so you could time your trip to enjoy one such as the Edinburgh Fringe, Film Festival, Book Festival, Jazz & Blues Festival or the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
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