27 days in Northumberland Itinerary

27 days in Northumberland Itinerary

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27 days in Northumberland Itinerary

Start: Dubuque
Fly + Drive:  21​h 15​min
1
Holy Island
— 10 nights
Drive:  45​min
2
Alnwick
— 8 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Hexham
— 7 nights
Drive + Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: Dubuque

10
nights
Holy Island

Holy Island ©
Change things up with these side-trips from Holy Island: Duddo Five Stones (in Duddo), Berwick upon Tweed (Paxton House & Union Bridge, Horncliffe) and Flodden (in Cornhill on Tweed).

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Holy Island holiday planner.

Dubuque, USA to Holy Island is an approximately 21.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Dubuque to Holy Island is 6 hours. Traveling from Dubuque in September, expect Holy Island to be slightly colder, temps between 61°F and 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Alnwick.

Things to do in Holy Island

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Berwick upon Tweed, Bamburgh, Flodden, Etal Castle, The Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Highlights from your plan
Lindisfarne Priory ©
Lindisfarne Priory
Lindisfarne Castle ©
Lindisfarne Castle
Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve ©

8
nights
Alnwick

Alnwick ©
Alnwick is a relatively large market town in north Northumberland, England, of which it is the county town. Change things up with a short trip to Spittal Beach in Spittal (about 52 minutes away). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Alnwick Castle, enjoy the sand and surf at Low Newton by the Sea Beach, look for gifts at Barter Books, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Alnmouth Beach.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Alnwick day trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Holy Island to Alnwick takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Alnwick are 61°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Hexham.

Things to do in Alnwick

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Bamburgh, Amble, Rothbury, Berwick upon Tweed, Beadnell Bay Beach
Highlights from your plan
The Alnwick Garden ©
The Alnwick Garden
Alnwick Castle ©
Alnwick Castle
Embleton Bay ©
Embleton Bay

7
nights
Hexham

Hexham ©
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. Change things up with these side-trips from Hexham: Kielder (Kielder Water Bird of Prey Centre, Kielder Observatory, & more), Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens (in Belsay) and Morpeth (National Trust Wallington, Stanton Hall Gardens and Nursery, & more). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Vindolanda, explore the ancient world of Temple of Mithras, Carrawburgh - Hadrian's Wall, head outdoors with Allout Adventures, and take in the pleasant sights at Walltown Crags - Hadrian's Wall.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Hexham vacation builder app .

Getting from Alnwick to Hexham by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September in Hexham, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hexham

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Kielder, Morpeth, Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens, Hagg Bank Bridge, Sycamore Gap
Highlights from your plan
Vindolanda ©
Vindolanda
Falconry Days ©
Falconry Days