Thanks to a mid-19th century restoration, there’s enough left of beautiful Brinkburn Priory to give you some idea of what it looked like when Augustinian canons lived here, between its foundation in 1130 and the dissolution of the monasteries in the mid-16th century. A cross-shaped building with a low central tower, it has perfect proportions and round-headed Norman windows. Very little remains of the rest of the buildings, but the setting among beech woods, within a narrow valley beside the River Coquet, makes it a very pleasant place for a stroll.
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
Assist dogs allowed
- Suitable for children of all ages
- Parking onsite
- Fully accessible
- Facilities: Disabled parking, pre-bookable drop off point
- Accessible toilets
- Opening Times: Open Apr-Sep, Wed-Sun, 10-6; 1-22 Oct, Sat-Sun 10-4; 23-29 Oct, daily 10-4 (last admission 30mins before closing). Check website for details
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About the area
If it’s history you’re after, there’s heaps of it in Northumberland. On Hadrian’s Wall you can imagine scarlet-cloaked Roman legionaries keeping watch for painted Pictish warriors while cursing the English weather and dreaming of home. Desolate battlefield sites and hulking fortresses such as Alnwick, Dunstanburgh, Bamburgh and Warkworth are reminders that this, until not so very long ago, was a contested border region. The ruins of Lindisfarne bear witness to the region’s early Christian history.
Northumberland also has some of Britain’s best beaches. On summer days, and even in winter, you’ll see surfers and other brave souls making the most of the coast. Inland, there are some great walks and bike rides in the dales of the Cheviot Hills and the Simonsides – just hilly enough to be interesting, without being brutally steep. There's dramatic scenery in the High Pennines, where waterfalls plunge into deep valleys, and there are swathes of heather-scented moorland. Northumberland National Park covers over 400 square miles of moorland and valleys with clear streams and pretty, stone-built villages. It’s just the place for wildlife watching too. You’ll find flocks of puffins, guillemots and other seabirds around the Farne Islands, and seals and dolphins offshore.
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