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This is a list of some of the favourite regional attractions of visitors to both Low Alwinton Cottages and to the Northumberland area. All these events should run all year and often run there own individual events which you can see both on our Event Tracker and on there own websites.

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19.3 miles View on Google Maps Visit Website

Twisting cobbled streets with an eclectic collection of individual shops are teamed with some of the country’s top attractions, including Alnwick Castle Dubbed the Windsor of the North, Alnwick Castle was the location for Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films.

Home of the Percy family and Dukes of Northumberland since 1309, alongside is the Duchess of Northumberland’s blooming marvellous creation – The Alnwick Garden. Dine among the treetops of The Alnwick Garden in the fairytale setting of one of the world’s largest tree houses, or enjoy afternoon tea with a pot of Earl Grey tea, which originates from nearby Howick in a cosy café. The Garden is a space designed to be enjoyed by all your senses, with a collection of over 4,000 plant varieties to discover, thousands of seasonal blooms and countless opportunities to get wet and play in The Garden’s water sculptures.


9.8 miles View on Google Maps Visit Website

Enjoy a visit to this beautiful and peaceful town, ideally located in the heart of the county's countryside. There are so many walking and cycling routes to explore, all close to the heart of Rothbury. The town offers a peaceful haven. The River Coquet meanders through the centre, creating a pleasant walk along the river bank. A good range of shops and Rothbury bed and breakfasts can be found on the High Street as well as a selection of pubs and tea rooms.

Rothbury is in the centre of Northumberland and is therefore an ideal base for exploring. It’s just 30 minutes to the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and three minutes to the hills. From Rothbury you can explore the surrounding Simonside Hills and Cheviot Hills and all of Northumberland National Park. Walkers and cyclists will love the spectacular countryside. The town and surrounding area host events throughout the year. They include a Traditional Music Festival held in July, a Round Table Street Fair in May and the Alwinton Border Shepherds Show in October.

Cragside House, Gardens and Estate

11.1 miles View on Google Maps Visit Website

Enter the world of Lord Armstrong - Victorian inventor, innovator and landscape genius. Cragside house was truly a wonder of its age.

Discover the first house in the world to be lit by hydroelectricity. It is crammed full of ingenious gadgets – 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. Children will love our adventure play area and exploring Nelly's Labyrinth, a network of paths and tunnels cut out of a vast area of rhododendron forest.

Awarded the Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence, and voted third runner up in Period Ideas Magazine Heritage Property of the Year Awards 2016, experience the wonder of Cragside for yourself.

Northumberland Dark Sky Park

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As home to England’s largest, wildest and most sparsely populated National Park, Northumberland proudly offers some of the best stargazing experiences and clearest night skies in England, thanks to minimal light pollution.

The stunning Northumberland sky is also a fantastic window into Aurora Borealis. Witnessing this natural phenomenon would usually involve a trip to Norway, Iceland or the Arctic Circle, but images of the ‘Northern Lights’ have been captured on the Northumberland Coast.

So whether you’re peering into the telescopes at Kielder Observatory or catching a glimpse through your binoculars- Northumberland’s night sky is guaranteed to take your breath away.

Kielder Observatory

38.2 miles View on Google Maps Visit Website

Kielder Observatory is one of the most remarkable places to visit in the whole of the UK. A public astronomical observatory which is second to none, under some of the darkest skies in the world where you'll find "infinite inspiration" and wonders you could never have imagined! Famed for having the darkest night skies in England thanks to minimal light pollution, Kielder Water & Forest Park is a star gazers' heaven and the Observatory offers exciting opportunities for those with an interest in learning more about the night sky. Like the deck of a ship sailing above the landscape, the Observatory provides astronomers with a permanent facility in the heart of Northumberland. It is part of the art and architecture programme that has turned the park into an open air gallery over the last ten years.