The Alnwick Garden
Just ten years ago, The Alnwick Garden Site was derelict and forgotten. Then the Duchess of Northumberland imagined creating a beautiful public garden for families to enjoy, and from her bold vision, The Alnwick Garden project began. The Alnwick Garden is now a vibrant place, with beautifully landscaped gardens, magnificent architecture and unique features, all brought to life with water.
It's a garden for gardeners, with a design that looks to the future. From the country's largest collection of European plants in the Ornamental Garden to the very unusual plants found in the Poison Garden, there's an enormous variety of plants and trees. Many interesting planting styles can be seen during a walk around the landscape, and the gardeners are always happy to chat and to answer questions.
It's also a garden for families, with lots of chance to get wet and play! Collect water in the mini tractors, paddle in the rills, see the many ways water can move in the Serpent Garden and dodge the Grand Cascade's jets. Play hide and seek in the Bamboo Labyrinth, and bounce on the world's largest Tree house's wobbly rope bridges.
The Alnwick Garden is a unique educational and truly inspirational place, testament to the Duchess's vision and commitment. If you only visit one attraction during your visit, make it The Alnwick Garden.
A great place for the whole family to enjoy a day out. It is a 40 acre farm centre that has been educating and entertaining visitors since 1997. It is a great place to see, handle and feed a wide variety of animals from traditional breeds to unusual and exotic species. 75% of the farm is under cover so it can be enjoyed whatever the weather.
The Farne Islands lie two to three miles off the Northumberland Coast midway between the fishing village of Seahouses and the magnificent castle of Bamburgh. As well as being the most famous Sea Bird Sanctuary in the British Isles they also have a large colony of Atlantic or Grey Seals. Boat trips to the Farne Islands leave from Seahouses Harbour and generally last around two and a half hours. National Trust members land free on the Island and for non-members there is a charge payable to the wardens on landing.
Other recommended attractions include: Newcastle City Centre and the Quayside, The Metro Centre (the UK's largest shopping centre) including the north of England's only IMAX cinema, Kielder Water and Forest Park and Heighley Gate Garden Centre. More information about these places can be found in the guide inside the Cottage.