Monday 24 March 2014

Five architectural gems in Northumberland...

Visitors to Northumberland will be pleased with the amount of architecture there is to discover. From impressive abbeys to stunning stately homes, there’s something to suit everyone in this beautiful part of the country.

Below you’ll discover the best five architectural gems not to be missed.

1. Alnwick Garden.

A decade ago, Alnwick Garden was actually a derelict site that had long been forgotten. However, visit it today and you’ll witness some of the most stunning architectural designs. 

The garden showcases many different elements, with water features helping to bring life into the place. There are four different fountain displays and upon entering the garden you’ll be blown away by the Grand Cascade. The architectural features are breath-taking and well worth a look.

2. Brinkburn Priory.

The Brinkburn Priory has been referred to as one of the finest examples of early gothic architecture in Northumberland. The building dates all the way back to 1135. As well as a church, there’s also an impressive manor house on the grounds too. 

Lovers of architecture will be in awe at the design of these buildings. It may even encourage you to invest in timber sash windows London to recreate the style you have seen.

3. Bamburgh Castle.

There’s something magical about walking around a castle. Taking you back to simpler times, you’ll get a feel of how the people of Northumberland once lived. Bamburgh Castle is located on a rocky plateau, offering stunning views over the coast. It is known to be one of the biggest inhabited castles in the UK.

4. Cragside.

The National Trust is known for offering some of the most impressive stately homes and properties in the country. Cragside is an attraction you won’t want to miss. The extraordinary Victorian house features plenty of intricate, beautiful architectural details. An interesting fact about this property is it was the first house to be lit using hydroelectricity.

5. Hadrian’s Wall and Housesteads Fort.

If it’s true architectural brilliance you’re looking to experience, Hadrian’s Wall and Housestead Fort is worth a trip. There are unique and interesting archaeological remains to be discovered and you’ll get to learn more about the fascinating history of the place. Again it’s a National Trust property so there will be a small admission fee to pay.

Northumberland is full of architectural brilliance. With so much to see and do, it helps to make an itinerary before you leave.

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