A history of Northumberland

From ancient castles and bustling market towns, to dramatic coastlines and unspoiled countryside, Northumberland is a county steeped in beauty and heritage.

British history can be found at every turn in Northumberland, from Hadrian’s Wall, which marks the North-West frontier of the old Roman Empire, to castles such as Bamburgh, whose story started with the Anglo Saxons around 411 AD and is still today one of the largest inhabited castles in the UK.

Picturesque old market towns can be found dotted across Northumberland, each with their own unique character and charm. In Hexham, you’ll discover the ancient Abbey, a bustling market place, boutique shops and Hexham House, a beautifully restored Grade II listed building that is one of our Register Offices.

Northumberland National Park covers 405 square miles of the county and is often described as England’s ‘last great wilderness’. Stunning natural beauty can be found wherever you look, from rolling hills to rugged moorland and clean, rushing rivers.

You’ll also find 40 miles of coastline to explore, featuring white sandy beaches, nature reserves, pretty fishing villages and ancient islands such as Lindisfarne and the Farne Islands – home to unique wildlife such as puffins and seals.

If you’re looking to say your vows surrounded by nature, there’s no place like it. Whether you’re looking for a magnificent stately home to host a big celebration, or prefer to keep the ceremony more intimate at one of our smaller venues, we have something to help realise every wedding dream.

Why not explore a few of our most striking venues below?