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Need to take a break from your studies? Take a step outside and reconnect with nature. There is an abundance of breath-taking countrysides and historic castles across the North East. Getting fresh air and stretching your legs is a great way to increase your focus and productivity, reduce stress, and improve your wellbeing.

Bamburgh Castle

Bamburgh Castle has stood above the spectacular Northumberland coastline for over 1,400 years. Spanning nine acres of land, it is one of the largest inhabited castles in the country.

One of the great things about Bamburgh Castle is that you can walk around the entire exterior and explore the interior. Outside the castle, you can admire the incredible landscape, especially along the coast side where you will find some beautiful sand dunes. Inside the castle, you will discover the impressive festive rooms and how well everything is maintained and beautifully restored. Prepare to be impressed with the art, the history, and the grandeur of the rooms.

Alnwick Castle

900-year-old Alnwick Castle is the second largest inhabited castle in the country. Home to the Duke of Northumberland’s family, the Percys, for over 700 years.

The castle has taken starring roles in several films and television productions, such as Downton Abbey, Transformers: The Last Knight, and even the Harry Potter films! (It was featured as Hogwarts in the first two Harry Potter films). So, if you are a fellow Harry Potter fan and always wanted to learn how to fly, make sure to check out the Broomstick Training!

Kielder Water and Forest Park

Kielder Water & Forest Park is the perfect place for a day out to enjoy remoteness, clean air, and a fresh outdoor experience. It is home to the biggest man-made lake in Northern Europe and, at over 250 square miles, the largest working forest in England.

From walking and water sports to award-winning art and architecture, it is the perfect location for an adventure. Enjoy scenic views with a picnic, explore the surrounding countryside, take a ferry across the water or spend the night stargazing at Kielder Observatory.

Kielder Water & Forest Park is also an ideal base for exploring the rest of Northumberland, Cumbria, Hadrian’s Wall Country, and the Scottish Borders.

Hadrian’s Wall

Hadrian’s Wall is one of the defining remains of Northumberland’s Roman heritage. It was built by 15,000 men, stretching a total length of almost 80 miles from the North Sea to the Irish Sea. Exploring Hadrian’s Wall is a fantastic day trip full of history and beauty. Enjoy the uplifting Northumberland countryside and admire the ancient creation and the extensive area of woodland.

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