Castles, country walks, pubs and bike rides encircle our Hang My Hat cottages and glamping tents. Hadrian's Wall and Harry Potter's Hogwarts are just two must-dos in beautiful Northumberland. Here's a taste of what you can explore in this stunning region. Or you can book a fabulous 4 x 4 Land Rover safari across the Northumberland National Park with us. Explore Kielder Forest off road or hand picked remote villages in a soft top Classic Series 3 Land Rover. We know all of the best places – why don’t you see them too? You are always welcome to email us for information about the area right by your Hang My Hat holiday home.
Castles and Coast
Castles abound in heavily defended, historic Northumberland. Alnwick Castle is the ‘Hogwarts’ home of Harry Potter & much filming of JK Rowling’s novels took place there.
Alnwick Gardens is renowned for its water features & has a wonderful treehouse restaurant.
Barter Books is a marvellous bookshop in Alnwick's old station!
Bamburgh is one of the most spectacular castles, Lindisfarne is eerily atmospheric.
Close to our cottages are Aydon Castle, Corbridge & Prudhoe Castle. Cragside, home to coal baron Lord Armstrong, has a fascinating history, superb gardens, near pretty Rothbury. Wallington Hall is a fabulous country house, with inspirational artworks & gardens.
The villages of Bamburgh, Craster, Newton & Alnmouth are superb places to start a coastal walk, or enjoy a meal.
Seahouses has a more buzzy, British seaside town feel to it.
Visit the Farne Islands & puffin sanctuaries from Seahouses.
In the Country
Kielder Water & Forest Park is home to the biggest man-made lake in Northern Europe. Start at one of three visitor centres, Tower Knowe, Kielder Waterside or Kielder Castle. Expect stunning views & opportunities for cycling, fishing & sport.
Kielder Observatory, a public astronomical observatory, hosts events with astronomers so you can enjoy some of the most dramatic dark skies in Northern Europe, exploring the Milky Way & Northern Lights with experts. The Kielder area is studded with inventive artworks, to enhance your country walk.
Wheelbirks Parlour is an ice cream parlour extraordinaire, set on a farm near Stocksfield, with its own Jersey cows & other animals for the kids to enjoy. There’s a smorgasbord of ice cream flavours & a café, with crafts. The orchard houses a farmyard playground amongst the rustling apple trees.
For 300 years, Hadrian’s Wall was a vibrant frontier sprawling almost 80 miles coast-to-coast. Milecastles, barracks, bath houses, turrets, shrines, ramparts & forts pepper this wild & beautiful landscape, which you can explore by foot, bike or car.
The Sill natural discovery centre showcases the flora that grows along the Whin Sill in this UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its unique rooftop walkway, exhibitions, shop and superb café. Or Go Ape at Go Ape, where you can swing through the trees on a zipwire, looking down on the picture postcard village of Matfen.
Fishing, cycling, sailing and walking are the natural choices in Northumberland.
Matfen, Slaley, Stocksfield & more have fantastic golf courses.
Town and City Life
Hexham houses a magnificent abbey, vibrant market, independent shops, galleries & restaurants. It has a gaol for the ghoulish & beautiful riverside walks.
Corbridge was a supply base for Roman troops & is a rich source of supplies today - the ‘Bond Street of the North’. The oldest handwritten documents in Britain & rare Roman armour, the Corbridge Hoard, are housed in the old Roman part of the village, where you can explore a time-capsule of Roman life. Independent shops, restaurants, pubs & cafes flourish, like fabulous RE; the micropub in a Pele Tower & elegant Angel Inn.
Alnwick, Rothbury and Morpeth are explorable towns.
Newcastle and Carlisle are accessible by train from Corbridge or Hexham.