Local Attractions - places to visit in Northumberland

Fishing has always been a big attraction in Northumberland and much has been reported about the quality of fishing on the River Coquet.  Salmon and trout, amongst others, are caught on a regular basis.  Fishing licences can be purchased locally and the river is only 200 metres from our doorstep. The Three Wheat Heads Inn has the fishing rights to the stretch of the River Coquet that runs along the bottom of our field.

Kielder Reservoir is also a popular fishing hotspot.  Situated deep in the heart of Kielder forest, this vast man made lake is fabulous for both fishing and watersports. 

Only four miles away is Cragside House , previously owned by Lord Armstrong and has always been a popular tourist attraction.  Set in breathtaking surroundings, this historic building has universal appeal. 

Thropton and Rothbury lie next to the Northumberland National Park whose dramatic hills and sheltered valleys stretch from Hadrian's Wall to the Scottish border. There is plenty to see and do in and around Northumberland National Park including bird watching, cycling, fell running, fishing, gardens to visit, golf, horse riding, painting, rock climbing and walking.
Another Northumbrian attraction is Alnwick, 12 miles north of Thropton.  This very popular town boasts a magnificent castle as well as a large collection of shops, cafes and restaurants.  No visit to Alnwick would be complete without visiting Alnwick Castle or Alnwick Gardens .  The Castle is owned by the Percy family and still resides the present Duke and Duchess of Northumberland.   Upon entering the Castle grounds, you can take a guided tour of the state rooms, play in the Knight’s Quest area or explore the extensive grounds around the Castle.  Known as the “Windsor of the North” Alnwick Castle is famous for providing the location for the recent Harry Potter films and you are able to see the battlements and the opposing ramparts used in the scenes. 

Alnwick Garden, created by Her Grace, The Duchess of Northumberland attracts visitor’s world wide.  Visit the ornamental garden with a large range of beautiful David Austin roses or take an interesting tour of the Poison Gardens.   For a meal with a difference, the unique and quirky Treehouse restaurant is worth a visit.   

There are so many places to visit in Northumberland which attracts tourists, cyclists, nature lovers and walkers from around the world.  The stunning Northumbrian coastline combined with rugged National parks and countryside is a natural beauty. 

The North East offers traditional towns and villages combined with the cosmopolitan mix in Durham, Newcastle and Gateshead with large shopping centres, markets and acclaimed restaurants.


For further information on what is happening in Northumberland please visit Your Northumberland Guide .

Coquet River
Cragside House Northumberland
Alnwick Castle