Best Western have 2 hotels in Northumberland
Book a Northumberland hotel to explore one of England's most beautiful counties. Possibly due to its wildness, rugged nature and general remoteness, it is the most sparsely populated county in England with only 62 people per square kilometre, the perfect destination for a short UK break of relaxation and peace. We have two hotels in Northumberland located within the charming country towns of Allensford and Hexham.
Town and city breaks in Northumberland
Northumberland has no major cities, but its towns are varied and traditional, all of them are well worth visiting. From Berwick in the north to Morpeth in the south, its ancient market towns are full of character and interesting landmarks and facilities. Hexham in the Tyne Valley has a fine 13th-century abbey, a 14th-century Moot Hall as well as a famous theatre, while Alnwick, a small settlement famous for its picturesque castle, has regular fairs and markets. Explore the North East's important mining heritage in Ashington, renowned for its Ashington Group of miners-cum-painters. Walk Berwick-upon-Tweed's ramparts almost in sight of the Scottish border. When searching for your Northumberland hotel, you should be sure to consider which of these towns you want to visit, as the county is quite large and spread out.
Holidays in the Northumberland countryside
You simply must visit the large National Park just below the Scottish border as well as hiking the Cheviot Hills. Use your Northumberland hotel as a base to explore the country towns. Settlements such as Rothbury are a great compromise between populated areas and peaceful countryside, and you will also find heavenly spots for walking and photography near Kielder Water, the largest manmade reservoir in Europe, situated in the midst of Kielder Forest, which, incidentally, is famous for its stubborn colony of red squirrels.
Beach holidays in Northumberland
Northumberland is also well known for its beautiful coastline, there are several charming seaside villages to visit. The most famous of these may be Bamburgh and Seahouses, neighbouring villages that rest in the shadow of Bamburgh castle, the historic seat of the Northumbrian kings. The looming structure also provides an impressive backdrop to the dreamy sandy beaches that stretch all the way to Holy Island and its Lindisfarne Castle and Priory. From your hotel in Northumberland book a ferry trip across to Farne Island where you can visit its popular bird sanctuary. Holy Island also has a range of interesting sites to visit, including a minor castle and monastery ruins. Just be sure not to be trapped on the causeway when the tide comes in!
Attractions in Northumberland
From your Northumberland hotel you'll never be far from a historic site. You can discover how Roman soldiers survived at Housesteads Fort, Vindolanda and Chesters. Visiting the county town of Morpeth or the seaside resort at Whitley Bay for your short break will afford you more excitement and nightlife than staying in a quiet coastal village such as Warkworth, for example. Due to its geographical positioning, immediately south of Scotland, England's enemy for much of antiquity as well as the Dark and Middle Ages, Northumberland has one of the highest concentrations of castles and other historical fortifications of any county in England. See how the other half lives at the Duke of Northumberland's Alnwick Castle, where the Harry Potter films were shot, and explore extensive Alnwick Gardens. Book a Best Western hotel in Northumberland to explore this rich and historical county, the perfect location for a short UK break of peace, quiet and breath-taking surroundings.
Hotels in Northumberland
Attractions in Northumberland:
Apr - Oct 2013 (annual)
Nov 2012 - Feb 2013; Weekends only (various dates)
Castle daily 11am-5pm
Grounds daily 10am-6pm Apr - Oct 2013 (annual)
Feb, Mar, Nov & Dec: Wed-Sun 10am-4pm
Apr-Oct: daily 10am-5pm Feb - Mar 2013; not Mon or Tue (various dates)
Apr-Sep: Thu-Mon 11am-4pm Apr - Sep 2013; not Tue or Wed (annual)