A holiday in Northumberland with children

If you haven’t yet tried the delights of Northumberland, you have missed out on a fantastic UK holiday, and need to rectify it immediately! There really is something for everyone, and with plenty of castles, beaches and activities, it is a favourite for children. Read on to discover our essential family days to include in your holiday itinerary.

A week’s itinerary for families visiting Northumberland

1. A Day at the National Trust’s incredible Cragside

This is by a considerable margin my favourite National Trust property, and it earned that accolade before I even stepped foot into the house. You can easily spend a day at Cragside, with lovely walks, a great play area, lots to learn and the barefoot trail is so fun! Read about the reasons that I love Cragside here.


2. The Alnwick Garden, Alnwick town and Barter Books

Morning: Spend the morning exploring the beautiful Alnwick Garden, which has lots for children to see, especially the water fountains! Pack a picnic and enjoy an ice cream whilst you’re there! Read more about visiting Alnwick Garden here.

Alnwick Garden

Afternoon: From the Alnwick Garden, take a leisurely stroll through the Medieval town’s cobbled streets and shops and head to Barter Books, an absolutely amazing second hand bookshop. It’s HUGE and you can get lost in there for hours. Saturdays are a market day- so if you like the hustle and bustle, this might be for you.

3. Holy Island/ Lindisfarne

Lindisfarne is a tidal island near Berwick-upon-Tweed, so the fun starts on your drive here! You must check the tide tables before you visit to make sure you know when to avoid.

There is lots to squeeze into a day’s visit here, but my favourite place has got to be the Priory ruins, particularly the ‘Rainbow Arch’, which is managed by the English Heritage. If history is your thing you might also want to visit the Castle (a National Trust property).

Spend time visiting the picturesque harbour, and enjoy mooching about the shops and cafes on the Island.

4. Amble Market and Druridge Bay

Morning: If you’re in Northumberland on a Sunday, make sure to visit Amble’s bustling market. On our post-covid visit the market stalls weren’t yet there, but the pods were all open to have a look around. We like the short walk to Amble through Coquet Yacht Club and past the Marina, just park in one of the lay-bys on the road between Warkworth and Amble and follow the path across the field.

Walking towards Amble Marina

Afternoon: Just down the coast from Amble is Druridge Bay Country Park. There’s another beautiful beach here (seriously, how amazing is Northumberland), and a lovely walk around the Lake. The visitor centre has a cafe, toilets and a play area.

The stepping stones at Druridge Bay

5. A Boat tour to the Farne Isles and Bamburgh beach

Morning: This is still one for our bucket list, but you can take a seal spotting Boat trip to the Farne Isles how great does that sound? Here’s a post from one of my favourite North East bloggers, North East Family Fun, on her trip out. Be warned- you need to wrap up warm!

Afternoon: Ooooh you cant go wrong with the impressive backdrop of Bamburgh Castle! There’s a sandy beach at Bamburgh as well as rocks for rockpooling, so you can have lots of fun whatever the weather! If it’s really miserable you could escape and visit Bamburgh Castle itself.


6. A walk to Dunstanburgh Castle and beach time at Low Newton

Morning: From the beautiful village of Craster, walk along to coastline to the impressive Dunstanburgh Castle (free entry for both National Trust and English Heritage members). Finish with a well earned lunch at the Jolly Fisherman. Read about this walk here.


Afternoon: Head just up the coast to Low Newton (you will have seen it from Dunstanburgh Castle) and enjoy some time playing on the sandy beaches there!

7. So much many more options for your final day!

Honestly the possibilities in Northumberland are endless!! Here’s some more of my favourites.

  • Whitehouse Farm and Northumberland Zoo are both great options for animal lovers, and good for rainy day options
  • Enjoy an afternoon tea at The Running Fox (booking essential) or pop in for a takeaway cake, the perfect addition to a picnic.
  • Warkworth Castle is a favourite of mine; head there in Spring to see their spectacular Daffodil Display!
  • The lovely coastal village of Alnmouth is picture-perfect with YET ANOTHER awesome beach.
  • Why not take the train to Scotland? From Alnmouth you could do a day trip to Edinburgh.
  • Walk the castle walls at Berwick-Upon-Tweed.

If you’re staying around Morpeth, make sure you read this post for more ideas!

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