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Northumberland/Yorkshire - which towns should I see?

Old May 14th, 2003, 07:49 AM
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Northumberland/Yorkshire - which towns should I see?

I scheduled a few days to see the countryside between York & Scotland this August. I plan on stopping in Durham and also Alnwick Castle or Bamburgh castle. What towns would you suggest I see in this area?
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Old May 14th, 2003, 08:23 AM
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Corbridge (near Hadrian's Wall) is a lovely town not far from Durham. It would make a nice base and has Roman ruins (Corstopitium) and a small Roman museum. You MUST see Hadrian's Wall - Housesteads is (in my opinion) the best site along the wall.
Near Durham, you might want to consider the Beamish Open Air Museum (a large number of old buildings have been moved here and you have the opportunity to take several old methods of transportation around the site (I liked the ancient train the best) - it really is great fun.
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Probably stating the obvious, but if you go to Bamburgh you ought to schedule yourself to go out (low tide) to the Holy Isle.
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Hexham is also a nice town to visit--we enjoyed the abbey and had tea just around the corner. Hadrian's Wall is a must as well. Your choices of castles is good--I've been to both--totally different. Alnwick is my favorite and takes most of a day. A great place to stay in Alnwick is the Swan Hotel. Dining room there is awesome and very reasonable prices--when we were there, they gave us an extra room for the boys for free!
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We enjoyed a self-catering place in Settle - good location for touring around and a fun village to do your daily shopping in, pleasant pubs, and gorgeous countryside. You can do some moor hiking right from town.

Oops, just reread your post - Settle may be a bit out of the way.

Watch for the absolutely delicious shortbread cookies with a caramel and fudge topping in the local bakeries. Yummy!
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Old May 20th, 2003, 05:28 AM
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Scarbourgh
Whitby
Chester Roman Fort
Jebdurgh for the abbey
Melrose again for the abbey
Dryburgh Abbey, a lot of abbeys I know.
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