Tourist Information in Northumberland
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Made up of the coast, Cheviott Hills, the northern Pennines and Tyne and Wear area, Northumberland is a truly magical county!

The coastal strip of the county offers some of the most beautiful and unspoilt coastline in England.

Of the many islands lying off the Northumbrian coast, the best known are Lindisfarne (Holy Island), and the Farne Islands, famous for its teeming sea-bird colonies. Here the birds are used to people and you can get really close! Seaside resorts and traditional fishing villages abound.

The story of Northumberland - once part of the ancient Kingdom of Northumbria - has often been turbulent and difficult. Evidence of the past remains, in place names and ancient customs, in traditional street markets and in the ruins of medieval castles such as Bamburgh which guards the coast. The western uplands rise from the coastlands.

Here where Hadrian's Wall once marked the northern boundary of the Roman Empire, visitors can enjoy the unspoilt beauty of the Northumberland National Park.

Many watersport activities are available at Kielder Water.

The surrounding woodlands, forest trails and paths make Northumberland ideal for those interested in walking, whether it be slow strolls or power walking!

For those who desire wide open spaces and upland scenery, especially for walking, then the Cheviot Hills are exceptional rising to 2,674ft. The area has some of the best-preserved prehistoric hill-forts in Britain for you to explore and the Northumberland National Park has a range of self-guided leaflets to help you get the best from your visit. The Cheviots are crossed by two of the UK's long distance footpaths, The Pennine Way and St Cuthbert's Way.

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To the south west of the county lies the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, one of the most beautiful and remote places in England. This spectacular landscape of moorlands and dales provides a wonderful opportunity to explore not only nature and diverse wildlife but also to see how geology has affected the development of industry and agriculture in the region.

Mining for lead, zinc, iron and minerals like fluorspar meant that hamlets developed to house the miners. Other than these smaller locations of population, the area is relatively uninhabited with miles of open countryside, ideal for cycling, walking or riding.

The industrial past is still evident with isolated chimneys and uneven remains of spoil heaps but nature has taken back much to provide some of the finest heather moors, peatlands, bogs and hay meadows in Britain. Despite its industrial heritage, it is still classed as an 'unspoilt' area. If you are interested in the industrial past, then the award-winning North of England Lead Mining Museum at Killhope is a must.

Its varied geological history led to the North Pennines AONB being designated as Britain's first European Geopark. Geoparks aim to preserve geological heritage, to help provide information on the rocks below the surface and to illustrate the relationship between them and the landscape we see today. They also help explain the relationship between geology and the area's development by man. In the North Pennines AONB, spectacular views in all seasons, wide open spaces, stone-built cottages and field boundaries, peace and tranquillity abound.

The five areas of Gateshead, Newcastle, North Tyneside, South Tyneside and Sunderland border the two main rivers the Tyne and the Wear, where the region derived its name.

The two rivers have played a key role in the development of the area with the Romans the first to realise the potential of their success by using the rivers as a form of defence when building forts as part of Hadrian’s Wall.

There are many attractions and activities in the area, whether it's history, outdoor pursuits or a fantastic family day out, visitors will always find plenty of things to see and do to keep them occupied. The region is well known for its award-winning beaches and spectacular coastline. Its countryside is a haven for wildlife and tranquil beauty.

Whatever you are looking for, Northumbria, Tyne and Wear can give any visitor the best of everything!


Bamburgh Castle - Dr D. Jones
A Fort on Hadrian's Wall - DHD Multimedia Gallery
Cheviot Hills - Northumberland -  DHD Multimedia Gallery
Whitfield Moor - David Brown
Northern Allen Dale lead-smelting chimney - Mike Quinn
Spectacular views at any time of year - East Allen Dale - Mike Quinn
Nightclub Boat on the River Tyne - DHD Multimedia Gallery


Tourist Information Centres

Old Market Hall, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1DS
Tel: 0191 375 3000    Fax: 0191 386 0899

Adderstone Services, Adderstone Garage, Belford, Northumberland, NE70 7JU
Tel: 01668 213678    Fax: 01665 213111

The Shambles, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 1TN
Tel: 01670 622152    Fax: 01665 713838

Queen Street Car Park, Amble, Northumberland, NE65 0DO
Tel: 01246 345777 / 8

Fountain Cottage, Main Street, Bellingham, Hexham, Northumberland, NE48 2BQ
Tel: 01434 220616

106 Marygate, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, TD15 1BN
Tel: 01289 330733    Fax: 01289 330448

Hill Street, Corbridge, Northumberland, NE45 5AA
Tel: 01434 632815

Craster Car Park, Craster, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 3TW
Tel: 01665 576007    Fax: 01665 576007

Central Library, Prince Consort Road, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear, NE8 4LN
Tel: 0191 477 3478    Fax: 0191 477 7454

Portcullis, 7 The Arcade, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear, NE11 9YL
Tel: 0191 460 6345    Fax: 0191 460 4285

Railway Station, Station Road, Haltwhistle, Northumberland, NE49 9HN
Tel: 01434 322002    Fax: 01434 321544

The Chantry, Bridge Street, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE61 1PD
Tel: 01670 511323    Fax: 01670 511326

Tourist Information Desk, Newcastle Int'l Airport, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne & Wear, NE13 8BZ
Tel: 0191 214 4422    Fax: 0191 271 6080

Main Concourse, Central Station, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne & Wear, NE1 5DL
Tel: 0191 230 0030

132 Grainger Street, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne & Wear, NE1 5AF
Tel: 0191 261 0610    Fax: 0191 221 0115

Unit 1 Royal Quays Outlet Shopping, North Shields, Tyne & Wear, NE28 6DW
Tel: 0191 200 5895    Fax: 0191 200 5896

Military Road, Bardon Mill, Hexham, Northumberland, NE47 7AN
Tel: 01434 344 396    Fax: 01434 344022

Otterburn Mill, Otterburn, Northumberland, NE19 1JT
Tel: 01830 520093    Fax: 01830 520032

Northumberland National Park Centre, Church House, Church Street, Rothbury, Northumberland, NE65 7UP
Tel: 01669 620887    Fax: 01669 620587

Seafield Road Car Park, Seafield Road, Seahouses, Northumberland, NE68 7SW
Tel: 01665 720884    Fax: 01665 721436

Amphitheatre, Sea Road, South Shields, Tyne & Wear, NE33 2LD
Tel: 0191 455 7411    Fax: 0191 455 7411

50 Fawcett Street, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear, SR1 1RF
Tel: 0191 553 2000    Fax: 0191 553 2003

Park Road, Whitley Bay, Tyne & Wear, NE26 1EJ
Tel: 0191 200 8535    Fax: 0191 200 8703

Market Place, Wooler, Northumberland, NE71 6LQ
Tel: 01668 282123


Useful links

Northumberland National Park:

Hadrian's Wall website: