Things To Do in Northumberland and Nearby

There are so many places to visit and things to do in and around Northumberland, and Langley Castle is the perfect accommodation from which to enjoy them all.

Some of Hadrian's Wall’s most intriguing local sites lie within a 10-minute drive of Langley Castle, but if you wish to visit the coastal parts of Northumberland that is also a very easy option from the castle, with good access roads and not too much traffic around.

Whatever your leisure preference, there is something in Northumberland for everyone. To assist you with making choices and showing what is on offer, we have put together some helpful links to visitor attractions, activities and many more wonderful places to see.

We have also teamed up with Ancient Britain who offer guided private tours of Hadrian's Wall, Northumbrian Coastal Castles and the Tyne. Please follow the link to find out more.

You can also visit the official sight for visiting North East England here

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Northumberland is far removed from the hustle and bustle of city life and a county brimming with fabulous things to do, countryside and beaches to explore and fascinating places to visit. Our own corner of the county is right on the doorstep of one of its biggest assets – the Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site, rich in Roman history, romance and myth.

With the Northumberland National Park, two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and rich links to the origins of Christianity, there is everything anyone could want, whether you visit Holy Island, the Harry Potter-linked Alnwick Castle, the wonderful Kielder Water & Forest Park with its Dark Sky Observatory and Northern Europe’s largest man-made lake, or one of the county’s many picturesque villages.

Did you know that Kielder is actually the UK’s most tranquil spot and just a short drive from Langley Castle?

Hadrian’s Wall

A location does not gain World Heritage Site status without good reason and Hadrian’s Wall makes no apologies for being one of the most fascinating World Heritage Sites in the world, with its unique slant on Roman history, on the northernmost frontier of the Roman empire.

A visit to Hadrian’s Wall unlocks a unique period in time, whilst walking in the footsteps of Roman soldiers is something no adult or child should miss out on. Dating from 122 AD, the Wall has seen more history than can be imagined, much of it brought to life by the museums and visitor attractions like Vindolanda, where archaeological digs still reveal new treasures, to this day.

Something that stretched for 80 miles and took six years to build, deserves exploration, whether on foot, by car or through a special guided tour that will pick you up at Langley Castle’s door. Don’t forget to take advantage of our daily Battlements Tour and see if you can spot Hadrian’s Wall on the horizon, as you drink in all the rich Roman history that this area can provide.

Tours by Ancient Britain

As local history experts and walking encylopedias when it comes to Northumberland and its heritage, Ancient Britain can open your eyes to the Northumberland landscape, in a wholly unique way.

Being very Langley Castle-friendly, the team of Kevin and Sara Robson will  fill you with all manner of knowledge and insight.

Whether you are interested in Roman, medieval or contemporary times, or just want to explore other castles, whilst staying at Langley Castle, Ancient Britain’s tours come highly recommended.

Local Walks

Langley Castle can be the starting point for a whole host of incredible walks, but just journeying around the county will give you many more ways in which to pull on the walking boots and explore, whether you are walking in the footsteps of pilgrims out to Holy Island, getting on the trail of myths and legends in the Cheviots or exploring our more local hills around places like Haltwhistle.

Don’t forget the opportunity to walk Hadrian’s Wall by day and return to the comfort of Langley Castle by night – or even in time for an afternoon tea!

The Lake District

The Lake District is England’s most recent World Heritage Site and a location inextricably linked with England’s favourite poet, William Wordsworth, and his contemporaries, Southey and Coleridge. It is also the location that inspired Beatrix Potter and gave colour and context her Little Tales, which started with the Tale of Peter Rabbit.

The area is full of lakes and mountains known as fells and is just an hour to 90 minutes away from Langley Castle, depending where you wish to venture. It is also home to England’s largest National Park, its highest mountain (Scafell), deepest lake (Wastwater) and one of its most visited attractions (Bowness on Windermere and Lake Windermere), so using Langley Castle as a base from which to visit this unique and stunning landscape makes great sense.

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