8 days in Northumberland Itinerary

8 days in Northumberland Itinerary

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Hexham
— 2 nights
Drive
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Holy Island
— 1 night
Drive
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Alnwick
— 4 nights
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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. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Vindolanda and Hexham Abbey. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hexham: Kielder (Kielder Water Bird of Prey Centre & Osprey Watch) and National Trust Wallington (in Morpeth). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Falconry Days, delve into the distant past at Corbridge Roman Town, steep yourself in history at Housesteads Roman Fort - Hadrian's Wall, and trek along Walltown Crags - Hadrian's Wall.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Hexham trip itinerary builder website.

York to Hexham is an approximately 2-hour train ride. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from York in July: highs in Hexham hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Holy Island.

Things to do in Hexham

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

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Holy Island

Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): delve into the distant past at Lindisfarne Priory, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ross Back Sands Beach, and then identify plant and animal life at The Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Holy Island trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Hexham to Holy Island takes 1.5 hours. In July in Holy Island, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can drive to Alnwick.

Things to do in Holy Island

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

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Alnwick

Alnwick is a relatively large market town in north Northumberland, England, of which it is the county town. Kids will enjoy Alnwick Castle and Embleton Bay. Change things up with a short trip to Andy Howeys Birds of Prey Centre in Berwick upon Tweed (about 44 minutes away). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at The Alnwick Garden, step off the mainland to explore Farne Islands, take a memorable tour with Tours, and kick back and relax at St Aiden Beach.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Alnwick online trip builder.

Drive from Holy Island to Alnwick in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, daily temperatures in Alnwick can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to take a train back home.

Things to do in Alnwick

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches

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.