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Wooler WOOLER (8 miles)
This small town is sometimes described as The Gateway to the Cheviot Hills. It's a good starting point to walk in the majestic Cheviots and Northumberland National Park.

Wooler's bustling main street is a handy shopping centre, with grocery stores, butcher, baker and various specialist shops including a working pottery studio.

And for eating and drinking, there's a choice of pubs, restaurants and a fish and chip shop.
BERWICK (9 miles)
Berwick-upon-Tweed, to use the full name, is the most northerly town in England, although, over the years, it's changed hands between England and Scotland fourteen times.

The town is a popular holiday destination, where people come to visit the shops and cafés and the swans on the River Tweed beneath the famous border bridges.

The walls and ramparts that encircle Berwick are perhaps the best preserved set of 15th century town walls anywhere in Europe.
Berwick
Lindisfarne Castle on Holy Island HOLY ISLAND (10 miles)
The Holy Island of Lindisfarne is reached by a tidal causeway that is flooded twice a day. It's important to plan your visit carefully by consulting the safe crossing times. The tide comes in very quickly so it's dangerous to take chances.

But a visit to the island is a must, with the ruins of the priory, the castle set on a volcanic mound, the Lindisfarne Heritage Centre and extensive wildlife. But please check their website for opening times. For example, the castle is closed most Mondays.
COLDSTREAM (12 miles)
This charming border town lies on the north bank of a long majestic bend in the River Tweed, with great views of the Cheviot Hills.

Apart from enjoying the superb countryside, Coldstream has facilities for golf, fishing, bowling, tennis, horse riding, walking and cycling with gliding, 4x4 and shooting centres nearby.

Or you might like to see the memorial stone that marks the nearby location of the battle of Flodden Field.
Coldstream
Chillingham Castle CHILLINGHAM (12 miles)
Chillingham Castle dates back to the 12th century and you can see a wide diversity of rooms, including great halls, the James 1st drawing room, and lavishly furnished staterooms. Bloodthirsty children are fascinated by the torture chamber and dungeon, where you can threaten them with the stretching rack, the bed of nails and a spiked chair.

Chillingham cattle roam wild in their 365 acre park. There are only about 50 of them and they don't exist anywhere else in the world.
BAMBURGH (14 miles)
Bamburgh has miles of golden beaches and sand dunes that regularly win awards for their cleanliness. Views of the Farne Islands add to the attraction of this coastal gem.

Bamburgh Castle has been described as the finest castle in England. Built on a basalt outcrop overlooking the North Sea, it's open to visitors from March to October. Within the castle, you can also see the Aviation Artifacts Museum and the Armstrong Museum, celebrating the work of this innovative engineer.
Bamburgh Castle
The Grand Cascade in Alnwick Garden ALNWICK (25 miles)
Apart from Windsor, Alnwick Castle is the largest inhabited castle in England. It's been the home of the Dukes of Northumberland since 1309. The castle has been used as the location for many film and TV shoots, including the Harry Potter movies.

The Alnwick Garden has lots to see for visitors of all ages, including the Treehouse Walkways, the Poison Garden and the Grand Cascade, which is the largest water feature of its kind in the UK.
CRAGSIDE (27 miles)
This was Victorian England's most technologically-advanced mansion and the first house in the world to be lit by hydro-electric power.

As well as the house and its contents, your visit can take in one of the largest rock gardens in Europe, a rhododendron maze and an adventure playground.

Make time for a walk or drive through the extensive Cragside grounds, which is one of the last strongholds of the red squirrel.
Cragside
Warkworth Castle WARKWORTH (33 miles)
The village of Warkworth is dominated by the ruins of the Norman castle.

At one time, it was the home of Harry Hotspur, the nobleman who gave his name to Tottenham football club. The opening scene of Shakespeare's play Henry IV is set here.

Warkworth Castle is open all year round, but from November to March only at weekends and on Mondays. Audio commentaries are available.
KIELDER (60 miles)
In northern Europe, Kielder Water is the largest man-made lake and Kielder Forest is the largest planted woodland.

The distance shown is to the Tower Knowe Visitor Centre, near the dam at the southern end of this impressive reservoir. Drive up the shores of Kielder Water, visit the Birds of Prey Centre and on to Kielder Castle. Walk on the woodland trails or take the spectacular 12 mile forest drive.
Kielder Water and Forest
Edinburgh Castle -  2003 Edinburgh-Scotland.net EDINBURGH (66 miles)
Scotland's capital city is one of the most beautiful in the world, dominated by the famous castle. This is a large and complex site and you should allow plenty of time to explore.

The views from the castle are absolutely spectacular.

Afterwards, shop in Princes Street, climb the stairs of the Scott Monument, visit the zoo, ride the open top bus or wander round any of the gardens, parks, museums and art galleries.
HADRIAN'S WALL (78 miles)
The distance shown is to Chollerford, which is a good starting point to see the museums and Roman remains in the central sector of the Wall, which used to mark the limit of the Roman Empire in Britain, from Wallsend in the east to the Solway Firth in the west.

We recommend the museums at Chesters, Housesteads, Vindolanda and the Roman Army Museum near Greenhead. Some of the best bits of remaining wall are at Steel Rigg, Cawfields and Walltown Crags.
Reconstructed wall at Vindolanda
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