Northumberland has some great B&Bs, and is also castle country: it has more than any other UK county. Wolsey Lodges Bed and Breakfasts are great bases from which to explore. In the eighth century Bamburgh was a royal city, and its spectacular half-ruined castle is one of Northumberland’s strongest coastal images on a long and beautiful line of North Sea beaches. Bamburgh Castle was the first to fall to gunpower in 1464, calling into question the supremacy of castles and the authority they conferred. A quarter of Northumberland is National Park, descending from the Cheviot Hills that mark today’s border with Scotland down to rolling moorland and Hadrian’s Wall.