A short drive north from Hadrian’s Wall through the stunning Northumberland National Park will take you into the Heart of Northumberland. The village of Rothbury is at the centre of the Heart of Northumberland and visitors will find that Coquetdale and the surrounding area is studded with beautiful villages . During the summer months many of these traditional communities celebrate their rural heritage with an annual agricultural show complete with stock judging, craft and bakery competitions, and working dog exhibitions.
This area has many castles and other significant historic sites including Cragside House Gardens and Estate, the innovative home of Lord Armstrong,; Alnwick Castle the family seat of the Duke of Northumberland and flanked by the Alnwick Garden. Also worthy of note are Wallington Hall, Brinkburn Priory and Chillingham Castle with its ancient white cattle.