The Region

The Reading Rooms Cottage is set in a prime location in the heart of Northumberland, located very conveniently for the A1, ten minutes from Alnwick Castle and Gardens, Bamburgh Castle, Chillingham Castle and the beautiful coastline, 20 minutes to the Cheviot hills, 40 minutes to Newcastle and one hour to Edinburgh.


Embleton BayNorthumberland is a region that is steeped in history, with castles and ancient monuments just waiting to be discovered. For kids and adults alike, a visit to Alnwick Castle is a magical experience. The castle, home of the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland, has stunning State Rooms, a fine art collection and beautiful gardens. And of course, it is an important location for the Harry Potter movies – the place where Hogwarts comes alive! Bamburgh Castle has also been used in many epic films. This dramatic fortress is a treasury of northern history with fascinating rooms and exhibits. The area preserves some of the most spectacular sections of Hadrian’s Wall, which nearly 2,000 years ago marked the northern frontier of Rome’s mighty Empire. Alternatively, you can soak up the history and the atmosphere of Holy Island and the ancient Lindisfarne Priory. Or discover the history of Longstone Lighthouse.

There are some wonderful opportunities for keen bird watchers along the Northumberland coastline. For wildlife enthusiasts, a boat trip out to the Farne Islands to see the bird sanctuary and seal colony is a must and an unforgettable experience. To see Mother Nature at her wondrous best and to really appreciate the stunning beauty of our unspoilt countryside, we recommend you take time out to explore the Northumberland National Park and Kielder Forest.