Northumberland Journals

Our first visit to the North East

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A travel journal to Northumberland by MichaelJM

George Stephensons Birthplace Photo, Northumberland, England More Photos
Quote: We'd never made it up to the North East of England until this trip. I reckon we'll return

Lindisfarne Castle

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Attraction | "When is a castle not a castle..."

Lindisfarne Castle Photo, Lindisfarne, United Kingdom
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As members of the National Trust we were are to view the castle for free (certainly if you’re visiting the UK and like to visit Stately Homes and the like it’s worth checking out National Trust membership). Normal admission price is £6 an adult and at that price it would still represent good value for money.It’s been looked after by the Trust since 1944 and the castle itself dates back to 1570 being built as a fort in Tudor times to protect the English ships that were moored here as they prepared for the ongoing war with Scotland. Of course there was already supply of building material, because having being responsible for the dissolution of the churches Henry VIII was able to authorise th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 17, 2010

Lindisfarne Castle
Near Berwick-upon-Tweed
Lindisfarne TD15 2SH
+44 1289 389244

Lindisfarne Castle

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Attraction | "across to the tidal island first occupied by St Aidan"

Lindisfarne Castle Photo, Lindisfarne, United Kingdom
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Of course, when up in the North east of England you must visit Lindisfarne Castle and we made our way on the short car journey from our apartment at Budle Cove. On arrival the tide hadn’t fully gone out and so we needed to wait, with a few other cars until the causeway was fully clear of water, before we could make our trip onto Holy Island. As it’s tidal island you’re strongly advised to check out the tide position before driving onto the island and there are notices at both ends of the causeway telling you the times. In general you’ll get around 7 hours on the island if you leave the mainland just after the tide leaves the causeway and that’ll give you more than enough time to explore the island....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 16, 2010

Lindisfarne Castle
Near Berwick-upon-Tweed
Lindisfarne TD15 2SH
+44 1289 389244

Warren Mill

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Hotel | "A quality apartment in Northumberland"

Budle Cove Photo, Northumberland, England
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We’d picked Warren Mill as a good place to stay as it seemed to be well placed for both the beaches of Northumberland and the historic sites. I’d found the two bed-roomed apartment on the internet and although it wasn’t managed by a company that I knew they seemed very professional and organised when I spoke with them. We proceeded with the booking and only a couple of weeks before our holiday I spoke with an old friend who lives in the area and negotiated with the company for all 4 of us to use the apartment. I say negotiated, but it really wasn’t a big deal as we were renting the property and the company were not concerned, within reason, how many people were staying.The apartment was re...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 30, 2010

Farne Islands

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Attraction | "How to face your fears.."

Farne Islands Photo, Northumberland, England
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In my opinion there are two "must sees" if you’re visiting the north-east and Farne Island is one of them. It is in the hands of The National Trust (and has been since 1925) and is viewed as one of Europe’s most important seabird sanctuaries and is home for more than 20 different species of birds and a large colony of seals. Historically it has an importance dating back to the year 687 when St Cuthbert lived and died on the island and more recently the famous heroine Grace Darling who struggled with nature to save struggling sailors on the treacherous waters around this part of the North Sea.But I digress somewhat. We had provisionally booked our trip to the Farne Islands the day before an...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 28, 2010

Farne Islands

Northumberland, England

George Stephenson's Birthplace

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Attraction | "Stephenson's home is worth a visit"

George Stephenson's Birthplace Photo, Northumberland, England
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On route to our apartment in a restored water mill in the tiny village of Warren Mill, Northumberland, we decided to stop off and check out the National Trust Property at Wylam. It was a little difficult to find (despite the use of SatNav) and the sign posts to the cottage were small and only shown in the village. We persisted and parked up in the pay and display car park (£1.40 an hour) just behind the war memorial. From here we spotted a faded wooden sign which pointed in one direction to George Stephenson’s House and in the other to Stephenson’s Bridge. Both we equal distance (about half a mile) and we set off initially towards the cottage. It was a pleasant walk through an avenue of trees and in ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 26, 2010

George Stephenson's Birthplace
Wylam
Northumberland, England NE41 8BP
01661 853 457