15 days in Northumberland Itinerary

15 days in Northumberland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Northumberland visit planner

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Alnwick
— 3 nights
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Holy Island
— 3 nights
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Hexham
— 8 nights
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Alnwick

— 3 nights
Alnwick is a relatively large market town in north Northumberland, England, of which it is the county town. Appreciate the collections at Bailiffgate Museum and Gallery and The Mick Oxley Gallery. Discover out-of-the-way places like Howick Hall Gardens and Embleton Bay. Go for a jaunt from Alnwick to Berwick upon Tweed to see Lady Waterford Hall about 44 minutes away. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Alnmouth Beach, tee off at Dunstanburgh Castle Golf Course, shop like a local with The Alnwick Gallery, and look for gifts at The Old School Gallery.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Alnwick road trip planning app.

London to Alnwick is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. When traveling from London in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Alnwick, with highs around 21°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Holy Island.

Things to do in Alnwick

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Holy Island

— 3 nights
Step off the beaten path and head to The Parish Church of Saint Mary the Virgin and Berwick-upon-Tweed Barracks and Main Guard. Appreciate the collections at Gunsgreen House and Lindisfarne Centre. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Holy Island: Pease Bay (in Cockburnspath), St Abbs Head National Nature Reserve (in St Abbs) and Flodden (in Cornhill on Tweed).

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Holy Island itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Alnwick to Holy Island takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Holy Island can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Hexham.

Things to do in Holy Island

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Hexham

— 8 nights
Hexham is a market town and civil parish in Northumberland, England, south of the River Tyne, and was the administrative centre for the Tynedale district from 1974 to 2009. Explore hidden gems such as Alpacaly Ever After and Walltown Crags - Hadrian's Wall. Solway Aviation Museum and Threlkeld Quarry and Mining Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Hexham: Predator Experience (in Ayside), Hawkshead Grammar School (in Hawkshead) and Killhope Lead Mining Museum (in Cowshill). The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of West Burton Falls, hike along Hareshaw Linn, relax in the rural setting at Hall Hill Farm, and explore the historical opulence of Middleham Castle.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Hexham day trip app.

You can drive from Holy Island to Hexham in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In August in Hexham, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Hexham

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Northumberland travel guide

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Castles · History Museums · Architectural Buildings
Famous for its unspoiled natural beauty, Northumberland is considered one of the most picturesque areas of countryside in the entire UK. The region is best explored by car, on the county's well-maintained and very quiet roads. Visitors to the area often report driving distances of over 100 km (70 mi) and meeting only a dozen other cars. In a country so modernized and populous, it's hard to imagine such an undiscovered area of wilderness and tranquility. As you drive over the rugged landscape, only a few houses and some secluded villages dot the horizon. With a mere hour separating it from the Scottish capital, it has a distinctly Scottish feel.