Hire a campervan and visit Northumberland

We normally have a 3 night minimum hire but due to popular demand, we are offering 1 or 2 night hires for those just wanting to try the campervan experience. There are many wonderful places you can visit in your GoCampervan 50 miles or less from our base. If you want to try out a one or two night campervan hire in Northumberland, take a look at where you can go.

Alnwick castle, Warkworth castle, Dunstanburgh castle, Chillingham castle and Bamburgh castle are all within a few miles from each other. All these can be visited, but check their websites if you are heading out between October to April, as some close off season.

Alnwick Castle: 29 miles north

The mighty Alnwick castle

As well as being the setting for the Harry Potter movie, there is a world class garden and treehouse restaurant. This fine, furnished castle is still home to the Percy family. Check their website for special family day events during the summer. Allow a few hours to visit everything they have to offer.

Alnwick town holds a famous used bookstore, Barter Books, housed in the old train station. Stop here for lunch in their quirky café and learn the story of how the phrase ‘Keep calm and carry on’ originated from here.

https://www.alnwickcastle.com/

Chillingham Castle: 41 miles north

The most haunted castle in England

Has the reputation as being the most haunted castle in England. This eccentric property is filled with items collected over the centuries from all over the world. It is as though you are in another decade and the owner has just stepped out of the room for a moment. See the well-equipped torture chamber and grand dining hall complete with elephant armour.When you’re done inside, put on your walking boots for the 15 minute walk across the field to see the only wild cattle left in the world today. The warden-led tour takes you as close as you can get to see these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat.

 

Seahouses: 43 miles north

Eat fish and chips overlooking the harbour

From the harbour, take a boat trip out to the Farne Islands. There you can get close to seabirds and grey seals. Stop at the Bamburgh Castle Inn for a drink or some fish and chips. They have windows overlooking the harbour where you can watch the fisherman tending their boats. There are outdoor picnic tables and benches if you would prefer a takeaway and an alfresco lunch.

If you want to stay in this area, take a look at the Seafield caravan park. This is a large site where you can walk into town easily. Book early during high season and holidays.


Bamburgh castle: 45 miles north

Sitting proudly on the cliff with the windswept sands sweeping down the coast, you will not find a more photogenic vista in the area. Take a few hours to visit the castle interior, or simply drive up ‘The winding’ for the best view. Maybe pick up fish and chips in nearby Seahouses, slide open the door of the Gocampervan, and enjoy.

In the small village, there are tearooms, pubs and a market garden shop in the summer. St Aiden’s church yard has the elaborate tomb of Grace Darling, the local heroine who bravely rowed out to save sailors during a terrible storm. Check out the old tombstones, weathered away by sand and rain.  http://www.bamburghcastle.com/

Walk the sands of Bamburgh Beach

Budle Bay: 49 miles north

Wake up to the view of Budle Bay

Is an area of outstanding beauty. At low tide, wide swaths of golden sand are revealed, for peaceful strolls and bird watching. There are a couple of well positioned campsites where you can park up for the night.

Warren Mill Campsite (nice site with a pub)

http://www.meadowhead.co.uk/Waren-Home

Budle Bay campsite (for those who want to get off the beaten path)

Dunstanburgh Castle: 35 miles north

Dunstanburgh castle

An impressive ruin on a massive scale. You can imagine how daunting the sight of this would have been back in the 14th century. You need to park up and walk 25 minutes along the well-trodden coastal path to get to the ruin.

 

 

 

 

Craster: 35 miles north

If you want proper smoked kippers or salmon for breakfast, stop at the Craster seafood restaurant and finish off by visiting the 130 year old smokehouse. The fish are hung above whitewood and oak sawdust for 16 hours, in the old traditional method.

Warkworth Castle: 26 miles north

Warkworth Castle

Uninhabited, but the mighty walls and structural integrity are still there. This one is a great place to let the kids or grandkids imaginations run wild, with fantasy of knights and sword fights on the battlements. Run along the battlements, stand inside enormous fireplaces and climb the many turrets.

 

 

Lindisfarne and Holy Island: 54 miles north

A trip to Holy Island must be carefully planned. This historic island is surrounded by a fast moving tidal current which falls as dramatically as it rises. Road access is only possible during low tide. The 2017 tide tables can be accessed online. (Do not try to outrun the advancing tide). http://holy-island.info/lindisfarnecastle/2017/

There is a small village, the ruins of Lindisfarne priory where St Cuthbert sheltered and promoted Christianity to England, and a museum. On the far end of the island is Lindisfarne Castle which is furnished with antiques.

There are many walks around the island, as well as shuttles for those who are a bit less able. A haven for birds, ducks, geese, seals and sea life, Holy Island is truly unique.