Within one hours travelling time of Redesdale you will find numerous venues to visit including Castles, Country Houses, beautiful beaches and many many more places of interest.
CASTLES & COUNTRY HOUSES
There are literally 100’s of historic castles and country houses in Northumberland for example:-
Warkworth Castle – This was the home of the famous Percy family who it was said were more powerful than the monarch himself. Most famous of the Percy family was Harry Hotspur.
Alnwick Castle – Was owned by the Percy family since 1309 and is one of the finest castles in all of England. The castle is now the family home of the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland.
Like so many other stately homes in England the grounds were re-designed and landscaped in the 18th century by the famous Capability Brown. 1715 – 1783 born Lancelot Brown at Kirkharle near Cambo, Northumberland.
Bamburgh Castle – Is another fine English home which came into the Armstrong family in the 1800’s and was renovated by the then 1st Baron Armstrong, engineer and industrialist.
Wallington Hall – A 17th Century mansion built for Sir William Blackett Lord Mayor of Newcastle in 1718, eventually owned by the Trevelyan family, the grounds later becoming another fine example of work by the landscape designer Capability Brown. Has now been in the care of the National Trust since 1942
Belsay Hall – Is remarkable in so much as it boasts a 14th century castle, 17th century manor house and 19th century hall which was designed by the Newcastle architect John Dobson.
Cragside – Is a Victorian house set in 900 acres and was built by the industrialist Lord Armstrong. Cragside was the first house in the world to be lit by hydroelectricity.
SCOTTISH BORDER TOWNS
Visit the old mill towns on the border Hawick, Jedburgh, Kelso where you will find numerous bargains in tweed fabrics and much more.
Beautiful beaches and coastal villages at Craster, Warkworth, Alnmouth and many more
A beautiful experience – sailing, water sports, a cruise around the reservoir, fishing and a swimming pool. All this set in the vast Kielder forest where lakeside & forest trails offer the visitor many pleasant surprises – see also some of nature’s legendary predators at the Birds of Prey Centre.
There are many sites of historic interest – The Roman or Hadrian’s Wall built some 2000 years ago marked the northern extent of the Roman Empire stretching from Wallsend in the East to Carlisle in the West. Along the wall are forts and sites such as the hugh site at Corbridge, the fort and civilian settlement at Vindolanda, Roman cavalry fort at Chesters and high on a ridge Housesteads which offers exhilarating views of open moorland.
With Chinatown, theatreland and as with all large cities lots of shopping facilities. A short trip over the Tyne to Gateshead will bring you to Europes largest indoor shopping centre the Metro Centre a state of the art shopping centre with a children’s playland at Metroland. Everything you will ever need all housed under one roof with loads of parking available.
All this is just a taste of what we can offer the visitor, use the information button to email your enquiry to the Tourist Information Centre in Otterburn, for details of these and so many more places to go and things to do.