Local attractions


  • Bamburgh Castle
    52 miles from Brown Rigg.
    Spanning nine acres of land on its rocky plateau high above the Northumberland coastline Bamburgh is one of the largest inhabited castles in the country.
  • kielder water & forest park
    10 miles from Brown Rigg.
    The views are bigger, the night sky brighter, the sports wilder and the smiles wider. Kielder is home to the biggest man-made lake in Northern Europe and, at over 250 square miles, the largest working forest in England.
  • cragside
    25 miles from Brown Rigg.
    There are lots of things to see and do at Cragside House. Discover the first home to be lit by hydroelecticity - the place where modern living began. Check out the amazing gadgets and modern conveniences as well as an extensive arts and crafts collection.
  • Alnwick Castle
    36 miles from Brown Rigg.
    From centuries of history to Potter-inspired magic - there is plenty to explore at Alnwick Castle! - from knights and wizards to gunpowder plotters and passionate collectors. Its famous gardens and tree house are unforgettable too!
  • northumberland national park
    Get away from it all in the least populated of the UK’s National Parks. There are 700 miles of paths and trails to explore for the connoisseur outdoor enthusiast. Get out and get active. Or simply enjoy the enchanting wildlife and landscape, with all that nature has to offer.
  • Hadrian's Wall
    9 miles from Brown Rigg.
    Unlike many other historic places, Hadrian's Wall Country has something for everyone - world class archaeology, spectacular landscapes, rare wildlife, complete solitude, vibrant cities, wonderful pubs and a population of friendly and welcoming people.
  • Chesters Roman Fort
    9 miles from Brown Rigg.
    Take a stroll through history around the fort and grounds that straddle Hadrian's Wall. Chesters housed a garrison of 500 cavalry troops here for about 300 years. Today you can still see all four principal gates of the fort, the headquarters building and courtyard, hall and regimental shrine. Plus, don't miss the ruins of an elaborate and luxurious commandant's house.
  • Dunstanburgh Castle
    40 miles from Brown Rigg.
    Massive ruined castle in an impressive coastal setting. Discover the inhabitants of our many rock pools, enjoy one of our great walks or watch the wading birds on the shore. Go and buy famous Craster kippers in the village. Watch out for wading birds like oyster catchers, dunlin and redshanks.
  • Hexham
    16 miles from Brown Rigg.
    Hexham is a thriving market town with an imposing abbey and a wealth of culture, music, art, cinema and theatre. In the town and surrounding areas you'll discover all kinds of festivals, country shows, fairs and exhibitions.
  • Kirkharle
    15 miles from Brown Rigg.
    The little hamlet of Kirkharle is a beautiful centre for arts and crafts.Take a break and let the kids loose in the children’s play area where they can swing and slide to their hearts’ content, or take the family trail around the lake and courtyard which will keep your children entertained with lots of interesting activities and sights to see.
  • Merlin Brae Water Ski Club
    11 miles from Brown Rigg.
    A friendly, family orientated club situated on Kielder Reservoir. The offer water skiing and wakeboarding to non-members, beginners and advanced skiers, using fully qualified boat drivers and instructors. Hire of equipment is included in the price and they have a large range of wetsuits and buoyancy aids to fit all sizes. They have a 2010 Ski Nautique 200 ski boat, suitable for all conditions and activities, and there is a fully accessible clubhouse, with changing and toilet facilities.
  • Wallington
    17 miles from Brown Rigg.
    Wallington is a country house and gardens located about 12 miles (19 km) west of Morpeth, Northumberland, England, near the village of Cambo. It has been owned by the National Trust since 1942, after it was donated complete with the estate and farms by Sir Charles Philips Trevelyan, the first donation of its kind. It is a Grade I listed building. The miles of walks through the woods make it a great place to take your dog.
  • Haltwhistle Swimming Pool
    23 miles from Brown Rigg.
    Haltwhistle Open Air Swimming Pool has 3 outdoor heated pools providing a fun day out for all the family. Your entry fee allows you unlimited all day use of the pools, adventure play area and picnic area. There is also free parking. Other facilities which include a fitness suite, 4 badminton court sports hall, tennis courts/astro pitch and our new fitness / activity studio.
  • Kielder Observatory
    18 miles from Brown Rigg.
    A magical and unique visitor attraction under the finest dark skies in England. Kielder Observatory is one of the most remarkable places to visit in the whole of the UK. A public astronomical observatory which is second to none, under some of the darkest skies in the world.
  • Falconry Days
    12 miles from Brown Rigg.
    A great day out for the whole family to enjoy. Firstly you will spend time meeting and holding the birds that you will be flying. You will learn all about them including their habitats, hunting techniques and various other interesting facts. Afterwards, a variety of Birds of Prey will be flown to you!
  • Farne Islands
    The nearest boat terminal is 50 miles from Brown Rigg.
    Discover the seals, puffins and over 100,000 nesting seabirds that call the Farne Islands home. Puffins galore, Grey seals and their pups, shags, guillemots and many Atlantic Grey Seals, Eider ducks (known locally as Cuddy's Duck after St Cuthbert who died on the Inner Farne in 687 and the chapel built in his memory can be visited today).
  • Holy Island / Lindisfarne
    61 miles from Brown Rigg.
    Getting to Holy Island is always an adventure! There is only one road and that is covered twice a day by the North Sea. The Castle is of course the main focus of this place. The garden, lime kilns and headland are all well and good but let's be honest, it is the building on the crag standing 100 feet above the sea that has always been the biggest draw to this corner of Holy Island.
  • Whitley Bay
    43 miles from Brown Rigg.
    Whitley Bay Beach, a golden sand Blue Flag award-winning beach, stretches from Whitley Bay North towards St Mary's Lighthouse. It is a popular place for recreation and is regularly used by walkers. The promenade and The Links have wonderful walks with the beach as a magnificent backdrop. There are plenty of places to get refreshments including the Rendezvous Cafe.
  • Allen Banks
    21 miles from Brown Rigg.
    Allen Banks & Staward Gorge is a Victorian garden in a gorge of the River Allen cutting through woodland. The ruins of Staward Peel, a medieval pele tower, stand on a promontory above the gorge. Set on the steep valley sides of the river Allen, a tributary of the south Tyne, explore the woods and see what wildlife you can spot on this gentle riverside walk.
  • Newcastle
    Newcastle is the most populous city in the North East and Tyneside the eighth most populous conurbation in the United Kingdom. Among its icons are Newcastle Brown Ale; Newcastle United football club; and the Tyne Bridge. It has hosted the world's most popular half marathon, the Great North Run, since it began in 1981.
  • Bellingham golf course
    A few minutes from Brown Rigg.
    This highly regarded 18 hole golf course, par 70, overlooks the village, with stunning views extending up the valley towards Kielder Water and the Border Forest Park.
  • Bellingham fishing
    0.4 miles from Brown Rigg.
    Half mile stretch of the river. Key Species: Brown Trout, Salmon, Sea Trout. A rod licence and permit can be obtained at the Post Office or the Riverdale Hall Hotel.
  • Bellingham Heritage Centre
    0.6 miles from Brown Rigg.
    See, hear and absorb the fascinating history of this special part of Northumberland. Opening dates / times - 30th March-31st October Monday-Saturday 10.00am-4.30pm (last admission 3.30pm). Sunday 11.00am-4.00pm (last admission 3.00pm)
  • Swimming at the Riverdale Hotel
    0.6 miles from Brown Rigg.
    Riverdale Hall a large indoor heated pool and sauna, which is open all year round. The pool is open to the public at £4.00 per Adult and £2 .00per child. Opening times are 8am – 8pm, although it is closed for swimming lessons on Wednesday afternoons 1pm – 5.30pm.
  • Jubilee Park
    0.6 miles from Brown Rigg.
    The Jubilee park in Bellingham has a good children’s play area.
  • Newcastle
    33 miles from Brown Rigg
    Home to two of the largest shopping centres in the UK, NewcastleGateshead is a must-visit destination for fashionistas and shopaholics! There is also the Central Arcade, shown here, for more nostalgic shopping experence.
  • The Metro Centre
    33 miles from Brown Rigg
    Large indoor shopping centre in Gateshead with 300 shops, 11 screen cinema and fun fair!
  • Northumberland national park
    0 miles from Brown Rigg
    Get away from it all in the least populated of the UK’s National Parks. There are 700 miles of paths and trails to explore for the connoisseur outdoor enthusiast. Get out and get active. Or simply enjoy our enchanting wildlife and landscape, with all that nature has to offer.
  • Wentworth Leisure Centre
    16 miles from Brown Rigg
    Wentworth Leisure Centre is located in the centre of historic Hexham. The centre has bowling lanes, a 25 metre, six - lane swimming pool, with a moveable floor and viewing gallery. There is also a 15 metre studio pool, also with moveable floor, along with splash and fun areas.
  • Go Ape!
    26 miles from Brown Rigg
    If you’re looking for adventure days out in the North East, Go Ape! is well worth a visit. Whilst enjoying the tree top adventure, you will get to appreciate the views from the trees as well as taking on high ropes and zip wires. You will fly down zip-wires, leap off the Tarzan Swing and tackle some challenging tree top crossings whilst enjoying some of Britain’s most breathtaking scenery.