SURVEY RESULTS: Northumberland’s most popular places to visit

A competition entered by clients of luxury holiday cottage company, Coastal Retreats, has revealed what they consider to be the county's top visitor destinations. Fiona Mckeith, Coastal Retreats director, said: “It was a close-run contest, It may be England’s most northerly and least populated county, but once you have visited it, it certainly pulls you back time and time again. Many of our guests holiday with us every year as they say there is no other place like Northumberland. Whether it is the beaches, the castles, the people or the scenery, or a combination of all these factors, what we know for sure is that Northumberland is clearly a unique place to visit.”

Friday, 22nd February 2019, 14:03 pm
Updated Friday, 22nd February 2019, 14:32 pm
Some of Northumberland's favourite destinations. Pictures Jane Coltman

As we reveal the top 5 Northumberland places, as voted by Coastal Retreats followers, let us know if you agree with them!

Holy Island, only accessible from the Northumberland mainland at low tide, took the top spot. Picture by Jane Coltman
The island's sense of spirituality was a major factor in it's popularity. Picture by Jane Coltman
And of course there is the the thrill of its causeway - but ensure you return home before the tide comes in! Picture by Jane Coltman

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The 'beautiful and atmospheric landscape was popular with many. Picture by Jane Coltman
Runner-up was Bamburgh with it's wide, open beach. Picture by Jane Coltman
The iconic castle has world-wide fame. Picture by Jane Coltman
Bamburgh village is such a picturesque spot...... Picture by Jane Coltman
Just enjoying the view. Picture by Jane Coltman
The market town of Alnwick came third. Picture by Jane Coltman
What a sight! Alnwick Castle in all it's glory, pictured by Jane Coltman
Barter Books in Alnwick draws in many thousands of visitors. Picture by Jane Coltman
And there is always something to see at the world-famous Alnwick Garden. Picture by Jane Coltman
Coastal beauty and crab sandwiches saw Craster take fourth spot. Picture by Jane Coltman
Dunstanburgh Castle can be accessed via the coastal path from Craster. Picture by Jane Coltman
The fact that Seahouses is the gateway to The Farne Islands is one of the reasons it took fifth place.Picture by Jane Coltman
Food also featured in voters minds when voting for Seahouses with fish and chips evoking childhood memories. Picture by Jane Coltman
Other favourite Northumberland places that received votes but didnt quite make the top 5 included Cragside, the first home in the UK to be lit with hydroelectricity. Picture by Jane Coltman
Beadnell with its a wide crescent bay and many watersports activities also gained votes. Picture by Jane Coltman
The picturesque coastal village of Alnmouth, with colourful houses and a beach accessed through the golf course was also popular. Picture by Jane Coltman
Berwick upon Tweed, Northumberlands most northerly town, with its spectacular bridges and Elizabethan town walls is always a favourite with visitors too. Picture by Jane Coltman