Out & About

When you visit us at The Orchard Cottage you will never be short of stunning sights and unforgettable days out all within easy reach. We help you with information leaflets
in the cottage, but here is an overview to help you plan your visit.

We begin with the closest!

Ford and Etal Villages are within afew miles and provide a great day’s out for all the family Families and children will love a ride on Bunty at the steam railway, or following the mouse trail round the Heatherslaw Corn Mill. Take a look at our family activities.

Outdoor-types might rather cycle down the quiet lanes or walk one of the many routes available from the Visitor Centre to discover the local wildlife and natural history for themselves.

There are many heritage sites to explore, from Duddo Standing Stones to Ford Moss Colliery and art lovers should not miss a trip to the pre-Raphaelite murals at the Lady Waterford Hall.

Northumberland boasts some beautiful gardens, impressive castles, stunning beaches, Bamburgh Beach and some important stately Homes.
Berwick-upon-Tweed an Elizabethan Walled Town, and only is 8 miles away has many attactions including a walk around the walls, and during June – October 2014 a wonderful exhibition of LS Lowry’s work is being displayed at the Granary.

The Alnwick Garden, the finest contemporary garden in the UK, but other equally amazing gardens can be found at Howick Gardens & Arboretum and the stunning Cragside Estate.

Northumberland has the world famous Hadrian’s Wall, Roman Britain’s biggest building project that still dominates the county’s landscape almost 2,000 years after it was constructed. American newspaper USA Today described the wall as “better than Stonehenge”.

Holy Island of Lindisfarne off the Northumberland Coast and Northumberland was often at the centre of various disputes between England and Scotland.

On a rainy day there are plenty of places to visit, and entertain you. Woodhorn Museum & Northumberland Archives is home to a fascinating exhibition on the mining heritage of Northumberland as well as ever changing interactive exhibitions. Museums and galleries can also be found within many of our great Castles including Bamburgh, Dunstanburgh, Alnwick, Chillingham, Warkworth Floors If you are looking for an artistic day for the children then Pot A Doodle doo is must!

And last but by no means least, there is the Northumberland countryside, home to some of our greatest landscapes. However, these are not just pretty landscapes; they are landscapes that are perfect for outdoor activities, with everything from walking, cycling, wildlife watching and Horse Riding.

What’s On

Holy Island Crossing Timetable