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The Walkfo guide to things to do & explore in Northumberland

Visit Northumberland PlacesVisit Northumberland places using Walkfo for free guided tours of the best Northumberland places to visit. A unique way to experience Northumberland’s places, Walkfo allows you to explore Northumberland as you would a museum or art gallery with audio guides.

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Northumberland is a historic county and unitary authority in North East England . It borders east Cumbria, north County Durham and north Tyne and Wear . It is the least densely populated ceremonial county in England, with only 62 people per square kilometre . The North of Tyne Combined Authority was established on 2 November 2018 . When you visit Northumberland, Walkfo brings Northumberland places to life as you travel by foot, bike, bus or car with a mobile phone & headphones.


Northumberland Places Overview: History, Culture & Facts about Northumberland

Visit Northumberland – Walkfo’s stats for the places to visit

With 7 audio plaques & Northumberland places for you to explore in the Northumberland area, Walkfo is the world’s largest heritage & history digital plaque provider. The AI continually learns & refines facts about the best Northumberland places to visit from travel & tourism authorities (like Wikipedia), converting history into an interactive audio experience.

Northumberland history

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The land has long been an English frontier zone, with it being currently bordered to the north by Scotland. Northumberland has a rich prehistory with many instances of rock art, hillforts such as Yeavering Bell, and stone circles such as the Goatstones and Duddo Five Stones. Most of the area was occupied by the Brythonic-Celtic Votadini people, with another large tribe, the Brigantes, to the south. During Roman occupation of Britain, most of the present county lay north of Hadrian’s Wall. It was controlled by Rome only for the brief period of its extension of power north to the Antonine Wall. The Roman road Dere Street crosses the county from Corbridge over high moorland west of the Cheviot Hills to Melrose, Scottish Borders (Latin: Trimontium). As evidence of its border position through medieval times, Northumberland has more castles than any other county in England, including those at Alnwick, Bamburgh, Dunstanburgh, Newcastle and Warkworth. Later, the region of present-day Northumberland formed the core of the Anglian kingdom of Bernicia (from about 547), which united with Deira (south of the River Tees) to form the kingdom of Northumbria in the 7th century. The historical boundaries of Northumbria under King Edwin (reigned 616–633) stretched from the Humber in the south to the Forth in the north. After the battle of Nechtansmere its influence north of the Tweed began to decline as the Picts gradually reclaimed the land previously invaded by the Saxon kingdom. In 1018 its northern part, the region between the Tweed and the Forth (including Lothian that contains present-day Edinburgh), was ceded to the Kingdom of Scotland. Northumberland is often called the “cradle of Christianity” in England because Christianity flourished on Lindisfarne—a tidal island north of Bamburgh, also called Holy Island—after King Oswald of Northumbria (reigned 634–642) invited monks from Iona to come to convert the English. A monastery at Lindisfarne was the centre of production of the Lindisfarne Gospels (around 700). It became the home of St Cuthbert (about 634–687, abbot from about 665), who is buried in Durham Cathedral. Bamburgh is the historic capital of Northumberland, the royal castle from before the unification of the Kingdoms of England under the monarchs of the House of Wessex in the 10th century. The Earldom of Northumberland was briefly held by the Scottish royal family by marriage between 1139–1157 and 1215–1217. Scotland relinquished all claims to the region as part of the Treaty of York (1237). The Earls of Northumberland once wielded significant power in English affairs because, as powerful and militaristic Marcher Lords, they had the task of protecting England from Scottish retaliation for English invasions. Northumberland has a history of revolt and rebellion against the government, as seen in the Rising of the North (1569–1570) against Elizabeth I. These revolts were usually led by the Earls of Northumberland, the Percy family. Shakespeare makes one of the Percys, the dashing Harry Hotspur (1364–1403), the hero of his Henry IV, Part 1. The Percys were often aided in conflict by other powerful Northern families, such as the Nevilles and the Patchetts. The latter were stripped of all power and titles by the victorious Parliamentarians after the English Civil War of 1642–1651. After the Restoration of 1660, the county was a centre for Roman Catholicism in England, as well as a focus of Jacobite support. Northumberland was long a wild county, where outlaws and Border Reivers hid from the law. However, the frequent cross-border skirmishes and accompanying local lawlessness largely subsided after the Union of the Crowns of Scotland and England under King James I and VI in 1603. Northumberland played a key role in the Industrial Revolution from the 18th century on. Many coal mines operated in Northumberland until the widespread closures in the 1970s and 1980s. Collieries operated at Ashington, Bedlington, Blyth, Choppington, Netherton, Ellington and Pegswood. The region’s coalfields fuelled industrial expansion in other areas of Britain, and the need to transport the coal from the collieries to the Tyne led to the development of the first railways. Shipbuilding and armaments manufacture were other important industries before the deindustrialisation of the 1980s. Northumberland remains largely rural, and is the least-densely populated county in England. In recent years the county has had considerable growth in tourism. Visitors are attracted both to its scenic beauty and its historical sites.


Nearly 2000-year-old Roman boxing gloves were uncovered at Vindolanda in 2017 . The gloves are similar in style and function to the full-hand modern boxing gloves . It is suggested that warriors using this type of gloves had no purpose to kill each other .

Northumberland culture & places

Traditional Northumberland music has more similarity to Lowland Scottish and Irish music than it does to that of other parts of England. Northumbrian smallpipe is a sweet chamber instrument, quite unlike the Scottish bagpipe. Border ballads of the region have been famous since late mediaeval times. Northumberlands has its own tartan or check, sometimes referred to in Scotland as the Shepherd’s Tartan.


Northumberland Flag photo

Northumberland has its own flag, which is the banner of its arms . The shield of arms is based on the arms of the Kingdom of Bernicia . The current arms were granted to the county council in 1951, and adopted as the flag in 1995 .

Why visit Northumberland with Walkfo Travel Guide App?

Visit Northumberland PlacesYou can visit Northumberland places with Walkfo Northumberland to hear history at Northumberland’s places whilst walking around using the free digital tour app. Walkfo Northumberland has 7 places to visit in our interactive Northumberland map, with amazing history, culture & travel facts you can explore the same way you would at a museum or art gallery with information audio headset. With Walkfo, you can travel by foot, bike or bus throughout Northumberland, being in the moment, without digital distraction or limits to a specific walking route. Our historic audio walks, National Trust interactive audio experiences, digital tour guides for English Heritage locations are available at Northumberland places, with a AI tour guide to help you get the best from a visit to Northumberland & the surrounding areas.

“Curated content for millions of locations across the UK, with 7 audio facts unique to Northumberland places in an interactive Northumberland map you can explore.”

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7 tourist, history, culture & geography spots


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Walkfo Northumberland tourism map key: places to see & visit like National Trust sites, Blue Plaques, English Heritage locations & top tourist destinations in Northumberland


Best Northumberland places to visit

Northumberland has places to explore by foot, bike or bus. Below are a selection of the varied Northumberland’s destinations you can visit with additional content available at the Walkfo Northumberland’s information audio spots:

Northumberland photo Scotsgap railway station
Scotsgap was a stone-built railway station on the Wansbeck Railway. It was located on the line between Morpeth and Reedsmouth, Northumberland. It served the villages of Scots’ Gap and Cambo.
Northumberland photo Scots Gap
Scots Gap is a small village in Northumberland, United Kingdom. It is located in the north-east of the county and is named Scots Gap.

Visit Northumberland plaques

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Northumberland has 0 physical plaques in tourist plaque schemes for you to explore via Walkfo Northumberland plaques audio map when visiting. Plaques like National Heritage’s “Blue Plaques” provide visual geo-markers to highlight points-of-interest at the places where they happened – and Walkfo’s AI has researched additional, deeper content when you visit Northumberland using the app. Experience the history of a location when Walkfo local tourist guide app triggers audio close to each Northumberland plaque. Currently No Physical Plaques.