Our café at Northumberlandia reopened on Thursday 25 June 2020. From Monday 20th July, we will be open seven days a week with a takeaway service including hot drinks, snacks and ice cream. Opening times are Mon-Sat 10:00 - 17:00, Sun 11:00-17:00. The toilet facilities are also now open.
The car park at Northumberlandia reopened on 28 May 2020 and the reserve remains open as previous and you may visit the site but please adhere to social distancing guidelines. We ask that all visitors please follow the normal rules that apply on site, such as no bikes and dogs under close control. We are experiencing high volumes of litter being dropped on the site so please use the bins provided and where possible take your litter home with you. For full information, please refer to our Coronavirus statement on this website.
Know before you go
Parking informationThere is ample parking on site, suggested donation £2 per person.
The landform itself has a range of slopes with different gradients. There are 4 miles of footpaths on and around the landform.
The approach from the car park into the public park to view the sculpture at ground level is fully accessible to all and provides a one mile walk around the sculpture. There are a further three miles of path onsite which have a variety of gradients and may not be suitable for all users so please proceed with caution. Please note that following adverse weather, all the paths can become muddy and/or icy and therefore suitable footwear is advised. At times when the Visitor Centre is not open, the site is accessed through a kissing gate from the car park, which is designed to allow access for a standard wheelchair. Access can be increased for larger mobility vehicles by using a RADAR key.
When to visit
Opening timesThe site at Northumberlandia is open daily from dawn til dusk.
The café and toilets are now open seven days a week Mon-Sat 10:00 - 17:00, Sun 11:00-17:00.
Best time to visitAll year round
About the reserve
Made of 1.5 million tonnes of rock, clay and soil, the Lady (as she is known locally) is 100 feet high and a quarter of a mile long. Far from being a rigid manicured art form, Northumberlandia is a living part of the countryside that will mature over time and change with the seasons. What you see when you visit is only the start of something that will evolve through generations.
Sixteen red list species of birds have been spotted onsite and tree sparrows are now nesting in the boxes in the woodland. Kestrels can often be seen hovering and buzzards can be spotted soaring over the landform itself. The woodland trails harbour woodland birds and spectacular fungi (in the autumn), whilst the grasslands are hotspots for butterflies and meadow flowers. The ponds attract birdlife including nesting little grebe, tufted duck, mallards and heron and also provide a home to great crested and smooth newt.
Northumberlandia was built by the Banks Group and Blagdon Estate as part of the restoration of the adjacent Shotton surface coal mine. This project called Restoration First, has provided a unique opportunity to create a spectacular art form whilst maintaining the mining process.