Places to visit in Northumberland

Alnwick Castle is the modern-day family home of the Dukes of Northumberland. Sculpted stone figures depicting medieval soldiers top the crenallated tower above the castle’s bailey. Many visitors recognise the castle from the films Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. It has been used by filmmakers as sets in numerous movies, as well as Brancaster Castle in special editions of the popular Downton Abbey television series.

11 must-try experiences in Nova Scotia

Georges Island National Historic Site is in Halifax Harbour. Once part of the city’s defences, the island reopened to public in 2020. You can take self-guided tours of the island. Guided tours of tunnels that are part of Fort Charlotte are available on weekends.

The Grand National at Aintree Racecourse

The Grand National has been a feature of Britain’s sporting calendar since February 1839. The horse race takes place at Aintree Racecourse, on the north-east fringe of Liverpool. Now run over a course with a length of four miles, three-and-a-half furlongs – that’s around 7.14 kilometres if you think in metric terms.