Things to Do as a Family in Northumberland 

Northumberland has something for the whole family. Step back in time to uncover the regions rich heritage, with intriguing stories of Roman soldiers and their families as well as a local celebrated heroine. Discover the varied wildlife with one of the many boat trips and nature trails whilst also taking in the breath-taking scenery of the Northumberland coast and countryside. 


Farne Islands Boat Trip ·


Hop on a boat to tour the Farne Islands, a group of islands off Northumberland’s coast adorned with the most fabulous wildlife. Approximately 23 different varieties of birds can be spotted here including cute puffins. You’re also likely to spot seals reclining upon rocks or bobbing in the sea. You may even be lucky enough to see new born seal pups in the winter, and maybe even a dolphin or two.


Vindolanda ·

Bardon Mill, Hexham, Northumberland, NE47 7JN

Under Roman occupation from roughly 85 AD to 370 AD Vindolanda was home to generations of soldiers and their families for over 300 years. See history come to life before your eyes as you witness live excavations, uncovering the past’s secrets. The onsite museum is bursting with fascinating artefacts from everyday roman life including the famous Vindolanda writing tablets.


The RNLI Grace Darling Museum ·

Radcliffe Road, Bamburgh, Northumberland, NE69 7AE

Discover the incredible story of one of the regions most celebrated heroine Grace Darling. At the age of 22 in 1838, Grace risked her life to save others from the wrecked steamship Forfarshire. The museum displays personal items and portraits of the Darling family, as well as the boat used during the rescue. A truly inspiring day out for all of the family.


Cragside ·

Cragside, Rothbury, NE65 7PX

Embrace the great outdoors and allow the kids to burn off some energy with a fun filled day at Cragside. Hours of fun are to be had with the new extended play area complete with climbing ropes, slides and much more. You will discover an impressive range of seasonal events and activities all year round which are sure to keep your little ones entertained whilst also benefiting from fresh air.


Hexham Old Gaol ·

Hallgate, Hexham NE46 1XD

For a fun and educational experience for all, visit Hexham Gaol, the earliest purpose-built prison in England, built in 1333. Discover what life was like for prisoners, see the prison dungeons, learn about the infamous Border Reivers, try out the stocks and visit the prison house to learn about medieval crime and punishment.