For an often overlooked county, Northumberland has a huge amount to offer a as a wedding destination. Big, dramatic landscapes, a rugged and mystical coastline, beautiful and often deserted beaches and pretty, historic market towns and villages, why wouldn’t you want to get married here.
Brushing the Scottish Borders, Northumberland has always had an interesting and at times, bloody history and the landscape is still soaked in the drama of previous centuries with castles almost ten a penny. Imagine getting wed with a ruined castle as your backdrop or a moody and atmospheric heathland, perfect for those couples who are seeking something that is a little more out of the ordinary and don’t necessarily want a standard spring or summer wedding.
Northumberland has a varied landscape so there is just about every conceivable backdrop for a country wedding whether you are looking for bleak moorland vistas, castle ruins or a stone hall, manor house or timbered barn. Large and historically influential estates have given rise to a plethora of well-preserved stately homes of significance plus smaller more intimate properties with elegant grounds and gardens. There are some inspired and more unusual wedding options which take full advantage of this beautiful landscape including treehouses and riverside settings.
One of the biggest attractions of Northumberland is its wild and rugged coastline. There are exceptional features like the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, a tidal island that was an important centre of Celtic Christianity and to this day retains a mystical and ‘other world’ feel. Embleton Bay is a beautiful long stretch of golden sand overlooked by the dramatic ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle and in almost a carbon copy, the famous Bamburgh Castle Beach is overlooked by a fortress of the same name. Cresswell Beach, Druridge Bay, Alnmouth Beach – Northumberland’s coast is stunning and unspoilt and there are some grand properties which offer a spectacular wedding venue combining period charm with the option to marry in a beautiful setting or down on the beach.
If coast and countryside are not what you are looking for, head to one of Northumberland’s many pretty and historic towns like Alnwick with its spectacular castle, the home to ‘Hogwarts’, the school of Witchcraft and Wizardry of Harry Potter fame. For a truly historic setting by the river, Berwick-upon-Tweed which is England’s most northerly town still features ancient town walls from centuries earlier reflecting the pivotal position of Berwick facing the border with Scotland. Seahouses is a very attractive working port on the coast with a handsome harbour and huge expanses of desolate beach, a varied and picturesque location for any bride and groom.
The sixth largest county by size in England, fewer people live in Northumberland than in some London boroughs so if it is an escape from the hurly-burly of 21st century life that you want for your wedding, then this could be the location for you. Northumberland is served by the Great North Road, the A1 and is on the East coast main railway line from London King’s Cross. The county offers easy access to the Port of Tyne International Passenger Terminal in North Shields and Newcastle International Airport, which offers both domestic and international flights.