Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland
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Here are some website resources that you may find of interest or that might assist you in planning your self-catering cottage holiday in Northumberland.
- Art Gallery - Fenwick Gallery, Warkworth
Located in the beautiful village of Warkworth, Fenwick Gallery has a wide range of contemporary art, prints, ceramics and jewellery.
- Art Gallery - Mick Oxley, Craster
Mick Oxley's gallery exhibits a range of his original contemporary artworks, limited edition prints and cards. Sea and sky feature prominently.
- Barter Books - Alnwick
Taking up almost the whole of Alnwick old railway station and retaining all of its victorian charm right down the the open fire in the original waiting room, this fascinating space is one of the largest second hand bookshops in Britain. Brilliant on a rainy day, you can browse to your heart's content and then enjoy a coffee in front of the fire.
- Chainbridge Honey Farm
Everything you ever needed to know about honey - and more! Honey, furniture polish, candles and skin products are all for sale from this interesting family run business. See a live bee colony and finish off your trip off with a visit to the cafe that's located in an old red Routemaster bus! Just a short drive away. Free entry.
In the heart of Hadrian's Wall Country, the thriving and picturesque little town of Corbridge is definitely worth a visit. There's a roman camp, scenic river walks and a great selection of galleries, tea shops, pubs, gift shops and independently owned shops of every kind - a rare find in today's world. Don't forget to visit our favourite clothes shop, Katie Kerr, at 22 Hill Street.
It's an easy scenic 90 minute drive, or alternatively the train from Berwick brings you into Waverly Station at the heart of Edinburgh City centre. Step in to another world when you enter the romantic scottish architecture that this georgian capital city centre offers. There's always a huge choice of festivals and exhibitions, the shops in George Street are a pleasure (Jo Malone, LK Bennett, The White Company....) and it's always fun to have lunch on the top floor of Harvey Nicks! George Street and Harvey Nichols are just a five minute walk from the station.
- Kirkharle Courtyard
Kirkharle Courtyard is an attractive cluster of northumbrian stone buildings in a pretty setting offering an eclectic range of arts and crafts shops. There is a coffee house and restaurant on site.
Small but perfectly formed, the new Sanderson Arcade stores include Marks and Spencers (with a food department), Laura Ashley, Paperchase, Fatface and Crew Clothing. Morpeth is small market town with a good selection of local independent shops including The Cheese Shop. The town has a good river walk, rowing boats and a park with an outdoor paddling pool
- Otterburn Mill
If you fancy something traditional, tweedy and tartan, this is the place to go. Coffee shop on site.
- Shopping - Eldon Square - Newcastle-upon-Tyne
An hour south of us is Newcastle and the big covered shopping centre there is Eldon Square. Stores include Fenwick, John Lewis, Marks & Spencer, the new Apple Store, Hollister, All Saints and Debenhams. Next door is the large Empire multiplex cinema The Gate. Nearby Central Arcade has Space NK, Neal's Yard Remedies and Windows Music. If you travel by train from Berwick you arrive at Central Sation, you then need to go just one stop north on the (surprisingly bright and clean) Metro underground to arrive at Monument which brings you to the heart of the shopping area.
- Shopping/Imax The Metro Centre, Gateshead
Just off the A1 at Gateshead (just over an hour's drive) is one of Europe's largest out of town shopping centres, the MetroCentre. Stores include the House of Fraser, Debenhams, Marks & Spencer and Zara. There is also an Odeon multiplex cinema featuring a new 3D Imax screen and entertainments including ten pin bowling and dodgems. All under cover. Free parking.
- Slate And Nature - Redesdale
Based in Redesdale, Slate and Nature produce an unusual and attractive range of birdboxes, batboxes, hedgehog domes and more, all from reclaimed northumbrian slate and natural products. You can purchase from the workshop (phone first) or online.