The Alnwick Garden is a vision of the Duchess of Northumberland and a leading garden visitor attraction in North East England. The 40-acre landscape is the creation of Belgian designers Wirtz International, and British architect Sir Michael Hopkins designed The Pavilion and Visitor Centre. This unique project in a deprived rural area has transformed a derelict and forgotten plot into a stimulating landscape. Having completed its second phase of development, the garden includes one of the largest wooden tree houses in the world, a Poison Garden, Bamboo Labyrinth and Serpent Garden. An all-weather attraction for all ages and accessible to all. A varied programme of events and activities is available throughout the year.
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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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