The waters along its stunning coastline are home to seals, dolphins and a wide array of sea creatures, while vast areas of unspoilt countryside are home to ospreys, red squirrels and much more.
And if something a little more unusual is what you’re looking for, lemurs, meerkats and other exotic animals and birds can be found in the county’s zoos.
Take a look here to see what Northumberland has to offer….
5. Chillingham wild cattle
Chillingham's wild white cattle inhabit a very large park that has existed since the Middle Ages. The herd has remained remarkably genetically isolated for hundreds of years, surviving despite inbreeding depression due to the small population. Guided tours take you close, but not too close, to these extraordinary animals.
Photo: Chris Leyland
6. Arctic Terns on the Farne Islands
Without doubt the species with the most presence on the islands are the Arctic Terns. By the beginning of June the majority of the terns are down on eggs and a few weeks later we will begin to find the newest generation of this truly remarkable species. By the end of the year, some of these birds will be somewhere in the Southern Hemisphere.
Photo: Kimberley Powell
7. Wild goats, Northumberland National Park
The feral goat herds in the Cheviots are regarded as a good example of a primitive goat that helped sustain people of the British Isles from the times of the earliest Neolithic farmers. They pre-date modern goat breeds and are hardy, living a totally wild existence. The College Valley and Hethpool are among the best places to see them.
Photo: Graeme Bone
8. Red squirrels
The north east of England is one of the few areas in the country that is still populated by red squirrels, such as this one at Pow Hill near the Derwent Reservoir. There are approximately 140,000 red squirrels in the UK and 2.5 million greys. Red squirrels are our native species and have lived in the UK for around 10,000 years, grey squirrels were introduced to the UK from North America by the Victorians in the 1800s, the first record of them escaping and establishing a wild population is 1876.
Photo: Jane Coltman