The most northern county within England is Northumberland, which lies in the east of the country and borders the North Sea. Known for its exceptional beaches, Northumberland also has the most castles in all of England, mostly scattered along the coastline. One of them can be found across the causeway on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne. 

Places to visit


Lindisfarne, Dunstanburgh Castle, Bamburgh Castle, Farne Islands, Alnwick Castle and Gardens, Hexham Abbey and Old Gaol, Kielder Forrest Park,  Northumberlandia.


Books based in this county:

Authors associated with this county 

Authors who are associated with this county (born or lived here) or who have based their books here.

Richard Armstrong

Danielle Ramsey

Sheila Quigley

Denise Robertson

Ann Cleeves

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