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Full of character and certainly wild in patches, Northumberland is a region with a long, sometimes violent, history. Here are some of our favourite things to see and do in this wonderful region.

1. Alnwick Castle

Alnwick CastleAlnwick Castle, home of the Duke of Northumberland, and famous for its starring role in the first two Harry Potter films, dates back to the 14th century.

The State Rooms are truly sumptuous, featuring stunning Italian Renaissance-style décor and world-class works of art and furniture.

Beside the castle, the Alnwick Garden is a wonderful contemporary garden, created in the last 10 years, featuring exceptional vegetable and mineral structures. The locked Poison Garden is fascinating and unique.

The Treehouse Restaurant, visited by crossing rope bridges and wooden walkways, covered in little lights, is wheelchair accessible too.

2. Newcastle

Newcastle not only has an important industrial past, it's also home to Castle Keep, a well maintained Norman building, the 700 year-old city walls, Georgian and Victorian buildings, as well as the trendy, recently re-developed Quayside.

Bridges across the Tyne are plentiful, including the Millennium Bridge - the world's only tilting bridge!

3. Cragside

CragsideCragside was built as a state-of-the-art property in 1863 by Lord Armstrong, an inventor who filled his home with the latest in domestic appliances.

You'll find hydro-electricity (restored recently), a fire alarm system, hydraulic lifts and more.

It's the National Trust’s most visited property and it's utterly fascinating, with gadgets, gizmos, an untamed garden with lakes, bridges and amazing panoramas.

4. Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

The Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty was designated in 1958 and stretches along 39 miles of coast from Berwick to the Coquet Estuary.

The dramatic scenery incorporates steep dunes, wide-open sands, tall craggy cliffs, castles and islands dotted in the sea. Add to this the National Nature Reserves and you can see why this is a truly spectacular coastal landscape.

5. The Holy Island of Lindisfarne

LindisfarneThe Holy Island of Lindisfarne can only be reached twice daily via a tidal causeway.

Here you will find the ruined priory, built in the 12th century, which is so evocative of the earlier monks, including St Aidan, who lived here and created the beautiful Lindisfarne Gospels.

Lindisfarne Castle was once a fort, perched high up on volcanic rock. It has been used for many purposes, and in its current incarnation it's an Edwardian holiday home, styled by Lutyens.

For a glimpse of stunning beaches and lazy seals, the island’s village is the ideal location.

This article is brought to you by Silver Travel Advisor. You can read a personal account of rugged Northumberland on the Silver Travel Advisor website.

To explore Northumberland more, why not take an escorted coach tour of the north east with Just Go! Holidays, partners of the National Trust.

Further information

For more information: Call Age UK Advice: 0800 678 1174