Northumberland – child/budget friendly days out

Huge thans to Kathryn Brown who blogs at Crystal Jigsaw for this wonderful and  useful guest post:

North Northumberland, by Kathryn Brown (www.crystaljigsaw.blogspot.com)

 Northumberland, castle


There is a little corner of England right at the most northern point which borders Scotland; this corner is known as north Northumberland and boasts some of the most incredible coastline in the UK.  Probably the most famous of these stretches is Bamburgh beach”, approximately 3 miles of sandy dunes and glorious while sands, not to mention turquoise sea lapping ashore to our “blue flag” beach.  But the real eye candy that is without doubt an unforgettable sight is the magnificent Bamburgh Castle”; a thirteenth century edifice overlooking the small village of Bamburgh, standing proud as it appears to rest in its twilight years, guarding the Farne Islands out at sea and the countryside beyond.

Prices:

Adult – £8
Child – £4
Senior – £7
Family – £20
Website: http://www.bamburghcastle.com/index.php

Schools Per/Pupil – £2.00

(Children 5 to 15 years
Under 5 FREE
Groups are 15 or more people
Family, 2 adults & up to 3 children)


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Let me now take you to Alnwick Castle”, a beautifully graceful stately home to the Duke of Northumberland and his immediate family.  The castle displays wonderful architecture, almost priceless paintings and a fascinating array of personal antiques collected over hundreds of years by the many Dukes of this beautiful county.  And of course, Alnwick Castle was the setting of JK Rowling’s famous series of books from Harry Potter so it is always a favourite with the children. 


Prices:

Adult – £12.50

Child – £5.50

Concession – £10.60

Open:  31st March to 29th October 2010, daily from 10:00am – 6:00pm

Website: http://www.alnwickcastle.com/


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 About 10 years ago, the Alnwick Garden”, a part of the castle grounds, was designed by the Duchess of Northumberland, a beautifully landscaped area containing hundreds of varieties of plants, several impressive water features, a shop, restaurant and a recently erected tree house, which is a huge attraction for any children who like climbing!  

 Prices:

Adult – £9.50

Child – £7.20

Concession – £8.20

Website: http://www.alnwickgarden.com/visit/visit

 You can combine entry with the castle also which does save a small amount.  There is a huge car park opposite the gardens and several within the small town of Alnwick.  And don’t forget to visit the shops and cafes in the town centre of which all are child friendly.


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Along the coast road from Bamburgh we arrive at the beautiful fishing village of Seahouses” which currently boasts five fish and chip shops, some eat in, together with various pubs and cafes.  Seahouses also has a crazy golf and large soft play area for the children, together with tables and chairs outside on the lawn should the weather be kind. 


There is also a lifeboat station in Seahouses which allows visitors to admire the life-boat and read a little information about its local services and history.  The walk along the harbour is a beautiful one, and here, you can buy tickets to sail over to the “Farne Islands”, a cluster of seventeen islands, some of them inhabited by rare wildlife, such as the grey seal and various sea birds.  On a calm day it is a must, a trip you will remember for life.


Website: http://www.farne-islands.com/index.htm 



The northern coast of Northumberland is very child friendly, offering many eateries, places to visit, interesting historical information and wonderful beaches.  There are many caravan sites in the area, not to mention B&B’s, hotels and guest houses.  It has become quite competitive in recent years with the number of holiday cottages now on offer, all in good locations, excellent views of either countryside, coastline or both, and all of a good standard of accommodation.  Three of the Alnwick Castle Cottages are on my own farm land and I can personally recommend them to any families who have children, dogs, elderly relatives, or if they just wish to take a break in peaceful surroundings with the sound of sheep and birds for company, and occasionally a tractor!  Tel: 01668 219941  People who do come to the cottages can buy eggs from us ! A  most beautiful and tranquil setting on a sheep and arable farm in the middle of the countryside, yet only a couple of miles from the wonderful coastline of Bamburgh. 

 


Thank you kathryin I feel inspried to visit…how gorgeous!

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