I have visited and climbed to the top of Northumberlandia before, but never with my children. It can be quite steep in parts and I wanted to wait until I could be sure our toddler would manage it. Today was a lovely sunny day and seemed like the perfect day to visit.
Northumberlandia is well signposted, just past The Snowy Owl pub (ideal for a drink after your walk). There is ample parking with a recommended donation of £2, a visitor centre with toilets open 9:30am-4:30pm and there is an exciting events programme.
We enjoyed our walk around the site which can be steep in parts and there are some un-fenced ponds and the path can be uneven so keep a close eye on children. Our 3 year old managed just fine and we spent an hour walking around the sculpture, spotting wildlife, playing shadow games and watching the diggers in action at Shotton surface mine (the view from the top was fab). The beauty if Northumberlandia is that there are many different routes to take and there is a route for every age and ability.
Northumberlandia is a free attraction (donations welcome). You can learn more via their website:- www.northumberlandia.com
Our toddler was getting a little tired towards the end of our walk, so we bribed him with a trip to a park. Cafe Azure in Azure garden centre is only 1 mile away from Northumberlandia. They serve lovely homemade cakes and have a fantastic enclosed play area for children. We played here for half an hour and enjoyed a drink outside on the picnic tables before leaving for home. What a lovely way to spend an afternoon.