The county has a wealth of tourist attractions

Northumberlandia. Picture by Northumberland Wildlife Trust.
Northumberlandia. Picture by Northumberland Wildlife Trust.

As the Tour of Britain passes throughNorthumberland, it will help to boost tourism and showcase the county to the rest of the world.

The race is run in eight stages, with the Northumberland stages taking place next Wednesday and Thursday, offering the perfect chance to watch the race and enjoy a day out in the county.

English Heritage is offering Tour of Britain spectators the opportunity to enjoy some of its Northumberland properties at a discounted entry on both days. Visitors can benefit from two for one entry at Housesteads Roman Fort, Prudhoe Castle, Etal Castle and Warkworth Castle.

The National Trust is also getting into the race-day spirit and preparing to welcome visitors stopping by to watch it with them.

Seaton Delaval Hall and Housesteads Roman Fort are on the race route.

Visitors can park up for the day at the Hall, but need to arrive between 11am, when the property opens, and 1pm when the local roads close. Parking is £5 per car.

The National Trust is also recommending Seaton Delaval Hall as a great place to leave your car for the day if you fancy cycling down to the finish line in Blyth to catch the end of the race. The car park will be open between 11am and 5pm. Here are some of the things you can see and do along the route.

Housesteads Roman Fort

Set high on a dramatic escarpment on Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site, Housesteads Roman Fort takes visitors back to the Roman Empire and offers the chance to wander the barrack blocks and hospital.

www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/housesteads-roman-fort-hadrians-wall

Etal Castle

Etal Castle is a ruined medieval fortification, built around 1341 by Robert Manners. Built by Robert Manners as a defence against Scots raiders in the mid 14th century, it fell to James IV’s invading Scots army in 1513, just before their catastrophic defeat at nearby Flodden.

www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/etal-castle

Warkworth Castle

A ruined medieval building in Warkworth, that crowns the hilltop above the River Coquet. www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/warkworth-castle-and-hermitage

Barter Books, Alnwick

Barter Books is a second-hand bookshop located in the former railway station, home to the original Keep Calm and Carry On poster and The Station Buffet, a tearoom housed in the original waiting rooms.

www.barterbooks.co.uk

Newbiggin Maritime Centre

Newbiggin Maritime Centre offers visitors the chance to learn about life in the historic fishing village as well as providing fun and interactive activities for youngsters, a café, restaurant and shop.

www.nmcentre.org.uk

Northumberlandia

The huge land sculpture in the shape of a reclining female figure was completed in 2012 near Cramlington. Built into the landscape on land donated by Blagdon Estate, she stands 100ft high and is a quarter of a mile long.

www.northumberlandia.com

Blyth Battery

Once a First World War coastal defence artillery battery which also saw service during the Second World War, Blyth Battery is now a military and local heritage museum.

www.blythbattery.org.uk