What to do

Planning your holiday in Northumberland? Beadnell Towers is situated in the quiet village of Beadnell on the beautiful North East coast.

Close by you will find miles and miles of golden sand as well as picturesque seaside village such as Alnmouth and Low Newton perfect for your holiday in Northumberland.

Northumberland has more castles than any other English county and there are half a dozen of them within just a few miles drive of the hotel. From magnificent Bamburgh to Alnwick (still the home of the Duke of Northumberland and the outdoor location for filming Hogwarts in Harry Potter) and the dramatic ruins of Dunstanburgh, the region’s rich history is made visible in these stunning locations.

Whilst staying at Beadnell Towers, there are many attractions to visit within a comfortable drive of the hotel. Whether you’re looking for quiet reflection or a more bustling, lively experience, there’s something for you.

Alnwick Garden

The Alnwick Garden is one of the world’s most ambitious new gardens. The Duchess of Northumberland’s vision for a forgotten plot is an amazing experience full of imagination, inspiration and fun.

From the tranquility of the Cherry Orchard, the excitement of the Grand Cascade and the mysteries of the Bamboo Labyrinth, to the Serpent Garden’s spell-binding water sculptures, the intrigue of the Poison Garden and one of the world’s largest tree houses – there is plenty to surprise and delight visitors of all ages.

The Garden hosts a collection of over 4,000 plant varieties to discover, thousands of seasonal blooms and countless opportunities to get wet and play in The Garden’s water sculptures. At all times of the year, the gardens offer a fascinating and enjoyable day out. To find out more about visiting the gardens click here

Alnwick Castle

Often referred to as the ‘Windsor of the North,’ Alnwick Castle is the second largest inhabited castle in the country and has been home to the Duke of Northumberland’s family, the Percys, for over 700 years.

Combining magnificent medieval architecture with Italianate state rooms, Alnwick Castle is one of the UK’s most significant heritage destinations and one of the most impressive visitor attractions in Northumberland.

The Castle has a rich and varied history is full of drama and intrigue, from a gunpowder plotter and visionary collectors, to decadent hosts and medieval England’s most famous knight: Harry Hotspur.

In more recent times, the castle has also featured in a number of film and TV productions, notably as Brancaster Castle in Downton Abbey and previously appearing as parts of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the Harry Potter films. To visit the castle’s website click here

Bamburgh Castle

Once the royal seat of the Kings of Northumbria, Bamburgh Castle has stood guard over this beautiful coastline for over 1,400 years. Spanning nine acres of land on its rocky plateau, Bamburgh Castle is one of the largest inhabited castles in the country.

The Bamburgh castle seen today is a relatively recent structure, built by famed industrialist the first Lord Armstrong at vast cost in late Victorian times. Lord Armstrong was also responsible for building Cragside House, Gardens & Estates.

But the castle site has a much longer history. There have been settlements there since prehistoric times and the regular archaeological digs that take place on the site have unearthed some spectacular finds.

The castle sits above the beach at Bamburgh which is one of the UK’s most beautiful and most photographed beaches. It’s the perfect place to go for a windswept walk at any time of the year and in summer the golden sands and picturesque sand dunes make the perfect backdrop for a longer stay or a lunchtime picnic.

To find out more about visiting the castle visit their website by clicking here

Lindisfarne – Holy Island

Just a few miles north of Beadnell village is Lindisfarne – or Holy Island as it is also known locally, one of the most special locations in the whole of the UK. The island is cut off from the mainland twice daily and can only be reached at certain times of the day via a causeway. The island has a small, pretty village and two historic properties, Lindisfarne Priory and Lindisfarne Castle. With beautiful walks, amazing wildlife and a handful of shops, pubs and cafes, Holy Island offers an unusual and enchanting day trip. Find out more about Lindisfarne here

Farne Islands

The Farne Islands are one of the most exciting seabird colonies in England, with unrivalled views of 23 species of birds, including around 37,000 pairs of puffins.

It’s also home to a one of the top grey seal pupping sites in England, with more than 2,000 pups born every autumn. The islands lie two to three miles off the coast, midway between Seahouses and Bamburgh, both of which are close to Beadnell village. The islands are looked after by the National Trust and more information can be found here on their site. In addition you can take boat trips out from Seahouses with various local companies – find out more about the islands and boat trips here

Cragside

This amazing visitor attraction was the home of Lord Armstrong, Victorian inventor and industrialist. This stunning house, set in extensive gardens and woodland, was the first in the country to be lit by hydroelectricity and boasts an astonishing array of state of the art Victorian gadgetry such as telephones, a lift and a Turkish bath suite.

The vast estate has more than 30 miles of footpaths and lakeside walks along its five lakes. The estate was planted by Armstrong with over 7 million trees and the gardens also boast one of Europe’s largest rock gardens. Find out more about Cragside here

Newcastle upon Tyne

For those seeking the cultural and retail pleasures of a city, Newcastle upon Tyne is just an hour’s drive away. Newcastle is often placed in the country’s top five cities to visit and with its busy shopping area, galleries and museums and its impressive quayside area with bars, restaurants and cultural venues, it’s not hard to see why. Find out more about Newcastle (and neighbouring Gateshead) here

Morpeth

For a more sedate shopping experience, the market town of Morpeth is a 45-minute drive away. Combining beauty and history, the town offers a relaxing day trip to browse around a wide range of shops, from high street regulars, niche brands and unique independent retailers. The 13th century chantry houses both a museum and an arts and crafts centre and there are beautiful walks to be had in Carlisle Park. Find out more about Morpeth and its attractions here