The town of Alnwick makes for a beautiful day out on its own, but its centrepiece is certainly Alnwick Castle. Guests can enjoy the impressive gardens adjacent to the 11th century castle - don't forget to visit the dangerous poison garden if you dare - and afterwards, dine in style in the magical tree house restaurant.
Grab your walking boots and explore the countryside by following the legendary Hadrian's Wall. The entire walk is 84 miles, but many visitors simply head to Wallsend to see the eastern end of the Roman wall.
Also known as Holy Island, this is a must-see for anyone visiting Northumberland. This small island off the northeast coast can only be reached during low tide, with high tides covering the causeway. It's a wonderful spot, with a castle, priory, two lighthouses and an exciting history.
You'll find the picture-perfect Craigside House located close to Rothbury, with over 1,000 acres of woodland to explore. The gardens are home to a play area and maze for the kids, and inside guests can learn about Craigside's history - did you know it was the first house to be powered by hydroelectricity?
See the sky like you've never seen it before and take an evening trip to Kielder Observatory. Here, you'll be able to stargaze and look out onto the largest expanse of dark night sky in Europe. Stars and planets shine brightly and you'll be able to see the Milky Way in its full glory.
Castles don't get much bigger and grander than the magnificent Bambrugh Castle. Surrounded by myths, legends and even ghost stories, there's plenty to learn about this amazing historic location alongside a history full that stretches back to the fifth century.
Located on the grounds of Slaley Hall, guests of all ages will love Allout Adventures. Enjoy Quad biking, paintballing, clay pigeon shooting, mountain biking and all sorts of other pulse-raising activities.
From excitable otters and seals to cute clownfish, Blue Reef Aquarium in Tynemouth is sure to be a hit with the kids. It's not all about the sea life either - inside you can find iguanas and even endangered cotton-top marmosets here too.
The iconic symbol of the north east, children will love taking a picture with the Angel of the North. Amazing views can be seen from the site too.
Cast out a line and fish in some of Northumberland's most tranquil locations. Just five minutes from Slaley Hall lies Derwent Reservoir, a peaceful spot that is highly popular with anglers and a great place to teach children how to fish.
Derwent Reservoir is a great place to take the kids and the huge body of water is an excellent place for sailing and windsurfing. If you'd like to keep your feet on land, visitors can enjoy a pleasant 2-mile walk here around the area.
A go-to spot for entertainment, you'll find the Sage in the town of Gateshead. Throughout the year a wide variety of events can be found here, from inspirational speakers to jazz festivals. For a night filled with romance, why not spend the evening listening to the beautiful sound of the Royal Northern Sinfonia?
While away the hours with a loved one by exploring insightful and quirky exhibitions at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Arts. With a regularly changing programme, there are sure to be all sorts of interesting works to discover during your visit.
Indulge in a relaxing ESPA treatment at the fantastic spa at Slaley Hall. Make sure you experience the tropical pool during your visit.
Designed for romantic getaways, guests at Slaley Hall can wine and dine in the finest surroundings without leaving the hotel. Three restaurants are on-site, but we highly recommend The Dukes for a candlelit meal for two.
Before visiting Northumberland, remember to check to see if you're visiting on a race day. With a visit to Hexham racecourse, you can revel in the thrill of picking your favourite horse and enjoying a day filled with excitement!
Slaley Hall is an Edwardian mansion set in 1,000 acres of Northumberland countryside perfect for an idyllic short break, magical wedding venue or place for business. Slaley Hall is part of QHotels, a leading luxury hotel provider with a collection of 26 four-star hotels across the UK.
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