Northumberland

We are staying one night in the Northumberland area on our way to Edinburgh. I was thinking about either Alnwick or Jedburg. Do you have any suggestions on where to stay and what hotel or B&B?

Posted by Pamela
New York City, NY, USA
3314 posts

I enjoyed a day trip to Jedburgh and I know that there was more to see in the town than the Abbey, which is lovely. I think it would be a fine choice. That said, I've not been to Alnwick. : ) I did stay in Hexham which I also enjoyed. I stopped off at Durham on the way. A wonderful cathedral and an interesting town. The Venerable Bede has a shrine there. Pam

Posted by Adrienne
Vienna, VA
30 posts

I had a good visit to Alnwick last year, and stayed at the Greycroft B&B which was very nice. Also, not to throw another idea into the mix, but Melrose, Scotland is another nice stop. Great B&B called the Old Bank House. Melrose Abbey of course, and a 5-6 mile walk to see Dryburgh Abbey.

Posted by Rose
NYC
922 posts

Alnwick Castle is fantastic (to visit). It's very important in the history of Northumberland and served as a powerful stronghold along the border between England and Scotland, so it's a fitting place to visit before journeying on into Scotland. Also, Barter Books is in Alnwick. It's the used bookstore where Stuart and Mary Manley discovered the 'Keep Calm and Carry On' poster in an old box in the basement; it's become a bit of an international sensation. Google it for more information. I like the Greycroft B&B, but everyone's taste is different and there are many choices in the town center, all with reasonable rates. http://www.visitalnwick.org.uk/accommodation/a_bb_central.htm

Posted by Terry kathryn
Ann Arbor, Mi
2612 posts

On my way up to Edinburg I stayed in the seacoast town of Whitby, a bit south of Northumberland, but it was a delightful place to spend the night. We had a hotel overlooking the sea. A lovely little town to visit if you have time.