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Growing the visitor economy

Tourism is critical to Northumberland’s economy. It brings in millions every year and supports many organisations and businesses across the county to create employment.

There are also wider benefits to the tourism in Northumberland as it:

  • Significantly raises the profile of the country as a great place to work, live, visit and invest.

  • Contributes to the conservation of local heritage and the natural landscape including our castles, museums and beaches.

  • Helps to create attractive places and experiences for local people to enjoy.

  • Helps sustain and develop services and opportunities for local people including shops, tourist information, library and community facilities and exhibitions and events.

Active Northumberland believes that the county can benefit even more from a vibrant tourism and visitor economy. We are constantly working with partners and stakeholders to:

  • Encourage more visits, especially longer ones.

  • Extend the season with visits taking place all year, not just in summer.

  • Entice visitors to spend more locally through encouraging them to see, experience and take part in the opportunities Northumberland has to offer.

  • Create a local culture which values and welcomes visitors and everyone living, working, visiting and investing in Northumberland can act as an advocate and ambassador for the county.

  • Continually drive up the quality of the county’s tourism offer through demonstrating and promoting excellence as well as supporting businesses and organisations to grow and compete effectively with others.

Tourist Information Centres in Northumberland

Customers can use any of our 12 Tourist Information Centres as a source of inspiration. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff are on hand to share their passion and enthusiasm for Northumberland. Visiting these centres will provide you with a wealth of information, including:

  • Attractions

  • Events

  • Cycling

  • Walking

  • Local travel

  • Eating out

  • Local town

  • Area maps

All of our centres will give you parking information and parking clocks and permits can be purchased. We also offer an accommodation booking service which can include long distance walks and tickets for events at a discounted price. The centres offer a quality range of gifts and souvenirs including locally made crafts and the larger Tourist Information Centres also sell tickets for local and national day trips and holidays.

For more information about our Tourist Information Centres, please click here.

Visit Northumberland

Northumberland’s extensive land is full of culture, history and breath-taking views. From Hadrian’s Wall to the North Pennines, the rugged and sandy coast to the grassy fells and valleys – there’s something for everyone in our county. Steeped in a turbulent past, you’ll see historic traces throughout Northumberland with dramatic castles and places of Roman heritage. You can also discover places of inspiration and innovation such as Holy Island, the birthplace of the world famous Lindisfarne Gospels and Cragside, the country home to the genius inventor and industrialist Lord William Armstrong which was the first house in the world to be powered by hydroelectricity.

To get a bit more active, you can choose from one of the many walking and cycling tracks in Northumberland to see the full beauty of the nature offered here. Choose from England’s best off-road mountain bike trails to gentle country lanes and accessible rights of way. Or take to some of the UK’s most legendary walking routes ranging from a leisurely stroll to a challenging hike.

Whichever activity you decide, make sure you look up. Northumberland has international dark sky park status which gives you a truly astronomical experience of the night sky.

From wildlife watching to retail therapy in traditional market towns, Northumberland offers something for everyone whether you’re a resident or simply visiting our beautiful county. To find out more about all things Northumberland, click here and start planning.

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