Places To Visit In The Rothbury Area…

Located in the centre of Northumberland and within the National Park, Rothbury is the ideal base for exploring whether you are interested in history, art, photography, nature, walking – or of course, cycling.

The historic market town of Rothbury which straddles the River Coquet may be quiet now but has a turbulent history. In the 15th and 16th centuries, the town was frequently set alight by pillaging Border Reivers.

It also played a role in the first Jacobite Rebellion in 1715. Close to All Saints Parish Church stands the doorway and site of the 17th Century Three Half Moons Inn, where the Earl of Derwentwater stayed with his followers before marching into a heavy defeat at the Battle of Preston.

Two miles from Rothbury, Cragside - now owned by the National Trust - is the former home of Lord Armstrong and was the first house in the world to be lit by hydro electricity.

Both the imposing but tranquil Cheviot Hills and the golden sands of the Northumberland Coast – designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – are within a 30-minute drive from Rothbury. Bird watchers won’t want to miss a trip to the Farne Islands, which are home to a puffin colony.

The county is awash with beautiful castles including the Duke of Northumberland’s home at Alnwick Castle – which doubled as Hogwarts in the first two Harry Potter films – and the adjoining world famous Alnwick Gardens. The coast has the splendour of Bamburgh Castle and Warkworth Castle, plus the imposing ruined castle overlooking the sea at Dunstanburgh.

You can also see the ruins of Lindisfarne Castle across the causeway to Holy Island and visit Chillingham Castle – reputed to be the most haunted in England – and look at the famous herd of wild white cattle in its park.

World Heritage site Hadrian’s Wall is also within easy reach of the town, as are the Scottish Borders, the regional centre of Newcastle and ‘UK’s Biggest Shopping Centre’ at the Metro Centre in Gateshead.