Northumberland is the most north-easterly county in England, hence on the border with Scotland.
There are several very popular highlights in the region with visitors including:
1) The designated Northumberland National Park towards the west of the region, a large area of moorlands, woods and remote villages - see Northumberland National Park for details of the highlights
2) The coast of Northumberland has been designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty - see Northumberland coast for details and suggested places to visit (includes lindisfarne and the Farne Islands).
3) Part of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Cheviot Hills also fall within Northumberland.
Although it is the 'designated' regions that attract the most attention from tourists, there are several noteworthy places to visit elsewhere in the county. These include (among many others):
- Alnwick, with its very impressive castle and historical centre;
- Berwick-upon-Tweed, on the border with Scotland and famous for its bridges and defensive walls
- Morpeth, county town for Northumberland;
- Chollerford (known for its proximity to Chesters Roman Fort)
- Haltwhistle (town well placed to explore one of the best sections of Hadrians Wall),
- Hexham (attractive medieval centre with Hexham Abbey) and
- Wooler (ideally situated for exploring the Cheviots and the northern part of the Northumberland National Park.
A substantial part of Hadrian's Wall also falls within southern Northumberland.