Baileygate Self Catering Holiday House c/o 13 Charterhall RoadEdinburgh, EH9 3HS, GB 07752 975348
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    Welcome to the UK’s best-kept secret county!  An open expanse of inspiring landscape, where big open skies and wide vistas have stirred the creativity of Turner and Sir Walter Scott and as a northern heartland, evidence still stands of Romans, border reivers, spiritual worshippers and defenders of frontiers.

    From Alnwick, at the geographic heart of this great county, you can daytrip as far as Edinburgh and Durham, or dawdle with ease inland up the Coquet valley to Rothbury and Cragside House.  Going north, visit Wooler, or Ford and Etal to see the steam railway and working water mill.

    The vast acres of Northumberland’s renowned sandy coastline are all within easy reach. Alnmouth beach is 10 minutes’ drive away - a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, swept with literally miles and miles of soft sandy beaches, and dotted with castles of intrigue, small ports, golf links and many splendid villages. All this is generally within 20 to 40 minutes’ traffic-free drive.

    Another half an hour and you are easily striking the famous frontier of the Roman Wall, the Scottish borders, and other great places around Northumberland including Wallington Hall, the Cheviots and the Pennine Way.

    Or stay in town and let Alnwick be your place, with visits to the medieval castle, the more recent famous Gardens and giant tree house.  Browse in Barter Books which is one of the UK’s largest second hand bookshops housed in a fine old railway station.  Visit the Market Square and various good food and coffee shops.  The Bailiffgate Museum is worth a visit and is directly across from the house, or take the vintage bus tour around the town.

    Information is available in the house, but some of our recommendations are:

    •    Hulne Park
    •    Thrunton Woods
    •    Rothbury and Cragside
    •    Upper Coquet Valley and the Simonside Hills
    •    Any beach, from Druridge via Alnmouth, northwards as far as Berwick (more than 30 miles of coast to choose from).
    •    Castles at Alnwick, Dunstanburgh, Bamburgh, Chillingham
    •    Lindisfarne (Holy Island)
    •    Alnwick Gardens – younger ones will enjoy getting wet here!
    •    Newcastle and the Metro Centre (particularly good for adventurous teens who can be despatched via bus link)