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An unrivalled quality of life in Northumberland

With affordable housing, stunning landscapes, miles of unspoilt coastline and a proud history and heritage, Northumberland offers an unrivalled quality of life. One day you could be exploring Europe’s largest Dark Sky Park, and the next discovering our Roman past at Hadrian’s Wall UNESCO World Heritage Site, all within minutes of your doorstep.


You can be a King or Queen for the day in one of our many castles, and with more castles than anywhere else in England there’s plenty to choose from. Or you could take a walk along our 30 miles of beaches and catch the sea breeze, very often with the place all to yourself.


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Why Northumberland?...

  • There's space to breathe

    With almost 320,000 inhabitants sharing just under 2,000 square miles of space, Northumberland is the least populated county in England. That's just 62 people per square km (plus pets!)

  • Our produce is perfect

    What do you do with some of the most unspoilt countryside in England? You use it to produce the freshest ingredients and bake, roast and distil these into incredible locally crafted food and drinks.

  • It's wild and untamed

    Whether lost in the folds of Kielder Forest or trekking the vast expanse of the cheviot hills, there are parts of Northumberland where you can still feel completely alone amongst nature, off the grid and better for it.

  • We are clean and green

    Northumberland is known for its breathtaking scenery and wide open spaces, but it also has a reputation for maintaining its environmental quality as our LOVE Northumberland awards prove.

  • It's often free to park

    Yes, you read that correctly. In many parts of our county parking meters are a thing of legend. Where you do have to pay, rates are affordable and fair compared to many other parts of the country.

  • We love wildlife

    With Northumberland Wildlife Trust maintaining 60 nature reserves there are plenty of places to spot the 1000s of fascinating birds and animals that live in our great outdoors, including this handsome chap, the cheviot goat!

  • We're well connected

    With the east coast mainline and the A1, Northumberland has two key transport arteries that keep us moving. With services to Edinburgh, or London every day we're well connected to the country's capitals.

  • We know how to do parks

    Approximately a quarter of our county is protected as the Northumberland National Park, an area of natural beauty that is home to England’s cleanest rivers, clearest air and darkest skies. 

  • Squirrels love it here too

    It might sound nuts, but an impressive 50% of England's red squirrel population live in Kielder Water and Forest Park - the largest remaining red squirrel stronghold in the country. 

House prices in Northumberland


Northumberland is also excellent value for money, with the cost of housing and living meaning your money goes much further. Towns and villages such as Alnwick often feature in The Sunday Times’ Best Places to Live.


UK average housing cost


Northumberland average housing cost

*Information from UK land registry July 2018

Schools and education in Northumberland


Northumberland has a range of excellent schools with the majority rated outstanding or good.

You can find out more about term dates, school admissions, transport and free school meals on our council website.  

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