Living in Northumberland

Living in Northumberland


About Northumberland 

World renowned as a visitor destination, Northumberland is also the ideal location to strike a perfect work/life balance. What better way of enjoying the picturesque scenery and stunning coastline than to sample it on an everyday basis?
 
Despite being one of England's largest counties, Northumberland offers easy commuting. There's an extensive road network across the county, with the A1 and A69 linking Northumberland with Scotland, the south and west respectively. The National Express East Coast Main Line carves a picturesque route through the county and along the coast, ranking as one of Britain's best loved rail journeys, whilst Newcastle International Airport is also within easy reach.  It is a geographically diverse county with a large stretch of coastline, the Cheviot Hills, Northumberland National Park, Hadrian’s Wall, Kielder Water and many urban centres along with picturesque market towns. Plus, did you know that government research (compiled by Community Life) found that the North East is the friendliest region in England? Spending your daily commuting time amongst the beauty of the County is just one of the perks Northumberland County Council has on offer!

 Housing and Education
 
The North East offers a wide variety of housing, which is amongst the most cost-effective in the UK. Popular residential areas within Northumberland include:

 
  • Urban centres in South-East Northumberland such as Blyth, Ashington, Bedlington and Cramlington
  • Picturesque market towns including Alnwick and  Amble in the north, Hexham in the west and Morpeth in the centre of the county
  • Rural villages such as Otterburn, Bamburgh and Allendale

 
If you have a family, many excellent schools exist in both the state and private sectors within the County. A full list can be found at the link below:

http://www.northumberland.gov.uk/Education/Schools.aspx#schoolsinnorthumberland
 
History, Culture and Events
 
Northumberland offers something to suit everyone when it comes to history, culture and events. Some examples include:

  • In August 2016 we hosted the Tall Ships Regatta in Blyth which attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors from across the country and the globe
  • Residents’ Festival takes place every year offering free and discounted entry to top attractions to residents of Northumberland and NCC employees
  • Northumberland has more castles than any other county in the UK with some examples including Alnwick, Bamburgh, Warkworth and Dunstanburgh
  • Northumberland Live takes place in Blyth each year with chart-topping acts headlining and local bands also being given the chance to showcase their talents
  • Kielder Water is the third largest protected Dark Sky reserve in the world and the Observatory located there offers many public events
  • There are a variety of theatres including Alnwick Playhouse, the Phoenix Theatre in Blyth and Queen’s Hall in Hexham
  • Northumberland is famous for its walking and cycling routes so why not keep active by taking a guided walk along Hadrian’s Wall or taking a cycling or horse riding trek through Northumberland National Park
 

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