Steeped in myth, magic and mystery, you'll find England's darkest skies in Northumberland (perfect for stargazers!) along with more castles than any other English county, most of them standing guard along the windswept coast. Choose one of Northumberland's many unique places to stay, and prepare to explore!
Reaching out from the Scottish Borders to Hadrian's Wall, the county boasts many gems, including two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a National Park - the least populated in the UK.
With over 30 miles of beach-studded coastline to investigate, try Seahouses for a seaside break that's rich in retro-chic, or relax at Newton-by-the-Sea, a scenic fishing village nestled around sandy coves.
Head for the Farne Islands or Druridge Bay, both spectacular coastal nature reserves, to indulge your love of wildlife. Or head for Kielder Water and Forest Park, featuring the largest man-made lake in Northern Europe.
Meanwhile, history buffs won't want to leave the Tyne Valley, most famous for Hadrian's Wall. Bring your hiking boots and choose your favourite part of the 84-mile Hadrian's Wall Path to discover.
The medieval market town of Alnwick is home to a beautiful castle, and a plethora of vintage shops. Don't forget to make a pit stop at Howick Hall - the home of Earl Grey tea.
Later, head north to capture some of the county's most dramatic history, including the Berwick Walls and many ancient battlegrounds. The north-east coast is home to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, the ideal location to round off your amazing escape.