Did you know that Game of Thrones writer George RR Martin used Hadrian's Wall as his inspiration for the infamous wall in his bestselling series? Hadrian's wall spans 73 miles across Northumberland and is home to many of our Country's finest forts and milecastles. It's no wonder Hadrian's wall is so inspiring. There is no place like it for capturing your children's imagination and re-living history. English Heritage run an excellent events programme along the wall which are lots of fun to get involved with. You can read more about joining in with Roman Soldier school here.
Northumberland's wild countryside is also scattered with some of the world's finest castles. In fact thanks to it's turbulent past, Northumberland is home to more castle's than any other County (I think there are 45 in total so there are plenty to choose from). If castle's are your thing, make sure you follow Hannah from Mumsdays. She is on a mission to visit every single castle in Northumberland this year and I love following her progress.
If it is a wild and rugged castle you are after, you simply must visit Dunstanburgh castle. The 1 1/2 mile Coastal walk from Craster almost feels like a pilgrimage that everyone must partake in at least once in their life. After dodging sheep and jumping over streams, you will be rewarded with uninterrupted views of Northumberland's wonderful coastline from the castle turrets.
If stunning interiors and magnificent artefacts are more your thing, Bamburgh Castle is the castle for you. Lovingly restored you can see exactly what life in a Castle would have been like. There is something new to marvel at in every room. Towering above the Northumberland coastline, Bamburgh castle can be spotted from miles around. Children will love the cannons and dungeons.
Our final recommended castle to explore in Northumberland is Warkworth Castle. Recently featured on Robson Green's Tales from Northumberland, this castle has access to a hidden hermitage that can only be accessed by boat. It is one of our favourite spots to enjoy a picnic in the Spring/Summer and is a wonderful place to explore Northumberland's wild past.
You can read more about exploring Northumberland's wild history, countryside and coastline on the Northumberland's wild spirit microsite. I will leave you with a few of my other top picks:-
Where are your favourite wild spots in Northumberland? I would love to discover some new hidden gems.
This post has been written in collaboration with Visit Northumberland
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