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Experience the beauty of Northumberland

Close to Northumberland's border with Tyne and Wear, Ponteland is a cosmopolitan village with a great variety of shops, pubs and restaurants, as well as places of historical interest. The River Pont runs through this quaint North-East England village, which links up to the River Blyth before running into the North Sea.

Historical attractions

Just a short drive away is Belsay Hall, an architectural masterpiece influenced by the temples of ancient Greece. Marvel at the Grand Grecian Hall, enjoy stunning views from the 14th century 'pele tower' at the top of the ruined medieval castle, lose yourself in the enchanting heritage gardens, and then relax with a light lunch or snack in the Victorian tearoom. In the centre of the village you'll find The Blackbird, a pub on the site of what was once Ponteland Castle, before it was destroyed in back in 1388. Enjoy a pint of real ale or one of its selection of speciality gins while admiring the remains of an ancient tower, a beautiful Tudor fireplace and many of the other ancient objects that can still be found in the pub today.

Great family days out

Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens is home to over 200 species of animals, including lemurs, coatis, wallabies, meerkats and snakes. As well as enjoying its vast collection of animals in their natural habitats, visitors can wander through its walled, woodland and ornamental gardens, or hang out at its play area with its high ropes and 120m zip wire. Don't miss the Nearby Life Science Centre, with its planetarium, 4D motion ride and four cutting-edge interactive Zones.