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Northumberland’s Scenic Glories

Starkly beautiful, this is the wild heart of Northeast England, where desolate beaches frame a landscape dotted with dramatic fortress ruins and a brooding national park.
Northumberland’s windswept Embleton Bay, backed by sand dunes

Scenic Northumberland

Castles

1 ALNWICK CASTLE

The imposing ancestral home of the Duke of Northumberland has changed little since the 14th century, making it a favourite with flmmakers (it starred as Hogwarts in the Harry Potter flms). The interior is extravagant, with a vast display of Italian paintings. The castle is set in parklands designed by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. (alnwickcastle.com; closed Nov–24 Mar; £14).

2 BAMBURGH CASTLE

This dramatic castle was built around an 11th-century Norman keep, and later played a key role in the border wars of the 13th and 14th centuries. It was restored in the 19th century by Lord Armstrong and is still home to the Armstrong family. Top billing goes to the neo-Gothic King’s Hall with leaded windows and hefty beams (bamburghcastle.com; 10am–5pm daily mid-Feb–Nov, 11am–4pm Sat & Sun Dec–mid-Feb; £10.50).

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