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World heritage sites

The north east and north Cumbria is home to two stunning world heritage sites – Durham Castle and Cathedral and Hardian’s Wall.

Durham Cathedral and Castle was one of the very 1st to be designated a World Heritage Site, along with the Taj Mahal and Palace of Versailles. It is the “largest and finest” example of Norman architecture in England and vaulting of the cathedral was part of the advent of Gothic architecture.

Hadrian’s Wall is one of England’s greatest landmarks leaving a lasting impression on any who visit, including writer George RR Martin who used it as inspiration for his own Wall in the bestselling books and hit TV series, Game of Thrones.

The best-preserved frontier of the Roman Empire and the nation’s finest Roman monument, great stretches of the Wall remain intact in Northumberland.

Going off road

You don’t get puffins everywhere, but you do get them (in their thousands!) at the Farne Islands off the Northumberland Coast. But puffins aren’t the only thing you can see if you go off road – our region is a nature lover’s paradise.

Due to the fact that you can be in the countryside in less than 10 minutes from all of our major towns and cities, you’re never far away from nature. And with more castles per square metre of land than anywhere else in England, the man-made sights aren’t too bad either.

From catching the surf at our four blue flag beaches, tackling challenging ascents on the rock faces in the stunning Lake District or getting lost in the trails of Hamsterley Forest, there’s no excuse to be indoors.

Those seeking solitude will find it here with Northumberland named as the most sparsley populated county in England – it is quite an experience to be standing on the stunning Cheviot hills, feeling like you have the entire planet all to yourself.

Mysterious caves, historical castles, dark ancient forests, curious seals, comical puffins, thundering waterfalls, stunning coastline, inviting lakes and majestic mountains are yours to explore and to call home.

National Parks

Did you know that the rural areas of Northumberland National Park and Kielder Water and Forest Park have the darkest skies in England?

1500 square kilometres of Northumberland has been designated an area to conserve and enjoy, making Northumberland, Europe’s largest Dark Sky Park and Kielder Forest the third largest protected Dark Sky reserve in the world.

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