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Local Attractions

Northumberland is England’s most northern county, a magical place filled with ancient castles, golden sand beaches, rolling hills, rugged moorland and friendly little Northumberland towns and villages.

Apart from endless walks, mountain biking, fishing and all that nature has to offer on the doorstep of Riverdale Hall Hotel, there are also many attractions locally, a selection of which is below:

Premier Sporting Hotel

Premier country house hotel providing excellent sporting facilities.

Bellingham Heritage Centre

This small Museum and Heritage Centre houses artefacts, photographs, maps, drawings and documents recording the history and traditions of the North Tyne Valley and Redesdale. Displays include the Border Counties Railway, Border Reivers, WP Collier Photographer, mining, farming including the Stannersburn Smithy, heritage and oral history.

Kielder Water and Forest Park

Kielder Water & Forest Park features mile upon mile of purpose-built trails including forest walks for all the family and dedicated mountain bike tracks. The Lakeside Way is a 26 mile multi-user trail, suitable for walkers, cyclists, horse riders and wheelchair users, that encircles the shoreline of Kielder Water.

Hadrian’s Wall

Hadrian’s Wall is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the UK’s most iconic landmarks. Built under the reign of the Roman Emperor Hadrian, the wall snakes 73 miles between Wallsend in the east and Bowness on Solway in the west.

Battlefields of Northumberland

Northumberland has a rich and turbulent history and has seen it’s fair share of bloody battles. Visit some of the battles of Northumberland which helped shaped the future of both county and country.

Hexham Abbey

Situated in the heart of the market town of Hexham, Hexham Abbey is one of the earliest surviving Christian foundations in Britain. Originally a Benedictine Abbey, then an Augustinian Priory and the Parish Church of Hexham, this has been a place of worship since AD674.

Falconry Days Northumberland

Enjoy a unique falconry experience giving you a rare insight into the art of falconry. Take the opportunity to get really close to, and hands on with a range of Owls, Hawks, Eagles, Falcons and Vultures.

Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens

With so much to see and do, a trip to Belsay is one of the best value family days out in North East England. Explore the grand medieval castle, later extended to include a magnificent Jacobean mansion and don’t miss the stunning views from the top of the tower. Then it’s on to Belsay Hall, an architectural masterpiece inspired by the temples of ancient Greece.

Wallington Hall and Gardens

Discover Wallington, much-loved home to generations of the unconventional Treveylan family and a magnificent estate where politics and play came together in the heart of Northumberland.

Cragside House, Gardens and Estate

Discover the first house in the world to be lit by hydro-electricity. It is crammed full of ingenious gadgets with most of them still working. The gardens are incredible. One of the largest rock gardens in Europe leads down to the Iron Bridge, which in turn leads to the formal garden.

Alnwick Castle and Gardens

Discover Alnwick Castle, one of the largest inhabited castles in Europe and proudly known as ‘the Windsor of the North’. It has been home to the Duke of Northumberland’s family, the Percys, through 700 years of drama, intrigue, tragedy and romance.

The Northumberland Coast

Adjacent with the Scottish Borders and the North Sea, the 100 mile long Northumberland Coast is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Sweeping from the historic town of Berwick upon Tweed in the north, to the village of Tynemouth with its golden sands and rolling surf, in the south.