A region renowned for its breathtaking swathes of countryside, unending beauty and fascinating historical landmarks, Northumberland is a place where you can either escape the everyday or get involved in a world of activity and adventure.
Whether you’re a keen astronomer seeking out dazzling dark skies, a family of beach goers wanting to spend the day at secluded coastal spots or a couple wanting a tranquil spa getaway, visiting Linden Hall Hotel, Golf & Spa near Morpeth is the ideal base for all holiday types.
If you’re looking for inspiration for things to do during your stay here, we’ve handpicked just some of the memorable experiences to be found within a part of the world that gave us Earl Grey tea and is affectionately known as ‘the last hidden kingdom’.
The Best Seaside Destination in the UK
Officially listed as the best beach in the UK by a recent Which? survey for the third year running, the coastal village of Bamburgh - featuring a 900-year-old castle as a dramatic backdrop - represents a wonderfully peaceful day trip just a 40-minute drive from Linden Hall, where its popularity as one of the UK’s 46 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty is offset by its expansive sands.
From its grassy dunes leading into soft, golden sands to the opportunity to walk up to the castle and explore the famous fortress with its exhilarating tales of Viking invasions, dragons and more, you won’t want to miss some of the best hours you’ll ever spend by the sea.
Gold-tier International Dark Sky Status
With Linden Hall Hotel, Golf & Spa accredited as Dark Sky Friendly and Dark Sky Stay & Gaze accommodation and the wider Northumberland area having been awarded Gold-tier International Dark Sky status – it’s safe to say that a stargazing visit here is well worth it.
Whether venturing over to Kielder Water & Forest Park, Northumberland National Park or joining one of our stargazing evenings from The Linden Tree pub during the autumn and winter months, the benefits of low-level light pollution and conservation efforts means everything from the Northern Lights phenomenon to the Milky Way and beyond can be seen.
Journey through time at Alnwick Castle
A fantastic day out with the family can be found just 20 minutes' drive from your hotel accommodation, with Alnwick Castle and The Alnwick Garden combining an intriguing glimpse into the ancient past with a host of activities suiting all ages.
Dating back to the Norman period, the castle’s history has been woven into the fabric of the Percy family for over 700 years.
As the second largest castle residence in the UK, you can explore the grand state rooms, replica Napoleonic cannons and take part in a variety of daily activities, including archery and broomstick training at the same site on which Harry Potter was filmed.
Northumberland National Park
Many arrive at Northumberland for its stunning national park, with our hotel a 20-minute journey from its forest and moorland expanse offering picture-perfect scenery, glimpses of rare wildlife and one of the most untouched sections of countryside to be found in the UK.
Whether you’re an avid cyclist, walker or historian looking to navigate the 2000-year-old Hadrian’s Wall, you'll discover crystal clear waters, cascading waterfalls and remote footpaths often leaving you feeling as though you’ve stumbled on a secret natural wonder.
For a serious thrill, you can also partake in rock climbing, horse riding, trail running and mountain bike routes as part of an adventure playground you’ll no doubt wish to return to.
The Holy Island of Lindisfarne
The novel method of reaching Holy Island - reachable by car at certain periods of the day when the tide isn’t washing over the causeway – sets the tone for a unique excursion from our hotel that is rewarded by a coastal attraction containing some of the most vital origins of our society as we know it today.
A small island, with its smattering of pubs and cafes, feels gloriously cut off from the west of the world as you roam its streets leading to spiritual and religious sanctuaries, including the 12 century Lindisfarne Priory as the former home of St Oswald and the towering Lindisfarne Castle that once housed soldiers guarding the precious coastline.