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Binchester Roman Fort

Bishop Auckland, Co. Durham, DL14 8DJ, Tel: 01388 663089

On this 1-acre site can be seen the excavated remains of part of a large Roman fort, built around AD80 and continuing in use for about 350 years.


Bywell Estate Office, Stocksfield, Northumberland, NE43 7AQ, Tel: 01661 843296, Email

Bywell Hall was built in 1766 by the legendary architect, James Paine. Alterations were made by John Dobson in 1817, and further extensions were added in the 1890s.

Raby Castle
Historic Houses Association Friends Scheme

Staindrop, Darlington, County Durham, DL2 3AH, Tel: 01833 660202, Email

One of the largest and most impressive of English medieval castles, Raby Castle, in County Durham, provides a wonderful day out for all the family.

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  • Rail station: Darlington (15 miles)
  • Parking: free
Alnwick Castle
Historic Houses Association Friends Scheme

The Northumberland Estates Office, Alnwick Castle, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 1NQ, Tel: 01665 511100, Email

Home to the Duke of Northumberland's family, the Percys, for over 700 years; Alnwick Castle offers history on a grand scale.

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  • Rail station: Alnmouth Station (4 miles)
  • Parking: with charge
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access
Lady Waterford Hall & Gallery
Self-assessed Accessibility Information

Ford, Berwick-Upon-Tweed, TD15 2QG, Tel: 07971 326177, Email

Built as the village school in 1860 Louisa Marchioness of Waterford decorated the interior with life size murals depicting Biblical scenes. Learn the fascinating history of this remarkable lady & view her stunning artworks. Kid’s activities

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  • Rail station: Berwick upon Tweed (10 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access

Wark, Hexham, Northumberland, NE48 3NT, Tel: 01434 230203, Email

Chipchase Castle is one of the best examples of Jacobean architecture in the borders. The 14thC pele tower is very well preserved and gives insight into living conditions during the turbulent times of the border raids.


Cragside House, Gardens and Estate

National Trust

Rothbury, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE65 7PX, Tel: 01669 620333

The revolutionary home of Lord Armstrong, Victorian inventor and landscape genius, was a wonder of its age.


Eggleston Hall Gardens


Eggleston Hall Gardens, Eggleston, County Durham, DL12 0AG, Tel: 01833 650115

Old established gardens growing many species of plants. Eggleston's old church and churchyard have been planted with interesting trees, shrubs and plants.


Lindisfarne Priory

English Heritage

Holy Island, Berwick-Upon-Tweed, Northumberland, TD15 2RX, Tel: 01289 389200

Original home to the Lindisfarne Gospels, a visit to Lindisfarne Priory makes a great winter day out in Northumberland.


Heddon-on-the-Wall (Hadrian's Wall)


Chollerford, NE15 0BL, Tel: 01216 256820

A consolidated stretch of Wall, up to 2 metres (61/2 feet) thick in places.


Gisborough Priory


Church Street, Guisborough, TS14 6HG, Tel: 01642496418

A triumphal arch sits admirably in the market town of Guisborough.


Seaton Hall


Staithes, Saltburn-by-The-Sea, Cleveland, TS13 5AT, Tel: 0800 840 4141

Seaton Hall – an ancient manor house with over 1000 years of recorded history.


Rokeby Park


Rokeby, Barnard Castle, County Durham, DL12 9RZ, Tel: 01609 748612

Rokeby was designed by the talented amateur architect Sir Thomas Robinson, around 1730. It is an important early example of the (then) new Palladian style but unlike the conventional formula, at Rokeby the pavilions are placed en echelon.


Black Middens Bastle House


Black Middens Bastle House, Bellingham, Hexham, Northumberland, NE48 2JY, Tel: 01912 691215

A fortified farmhouse with thick stone walls, of a type distinctive to the troubled 16th century Anglo-Scottish borders. The living quarters were only accessible at first floor level.


Segedunum Roman Fort, Baths and Museum


Buddle Street, Wallsend, NE28 6HR, Tel: 01912 772169

Discover what life was like on Hadrian's Wall, with fascinating displays combining finds unearthed at the fort with exciting computer interactives.


Lindisfarne Castle

National Trust

Lindisfarne Castle, Holy Island, Northumberland, TD15 2SH, Tel: 01289 389244

Dramatically perched on a rocky crag and accessible over a causeway at low tide only, the island castle presents an exciting and alluring aspect.


Durham Cathedral


Durham, DH1 3EH, Tel: 0191 3864266

Durham Cathedral is thought by many to be the finest example of Norman church architecture in England. It has the tombs of St Cuthbert and The Venerable Bede.

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  • Rail station: Durham Station (1.1 mile)
  • Free entry
  • Disabled access


National Trust

Station Bank, Mickley, Stocksfield, Northumberland, NE43 7DD, Tel: 01661 843276

Cottage and farmhouse, the birthplace of Thomas Bewick. Thomas Bewick is perhaps Northumberland’s greatest artist: a wood engraver and naturalist who revolutionised print art in Georgian England.


Capheaton Hall


Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE19 2AB, Tel: 01830 530159

One of the most fascinating houses in Northumberland, Capheaton was designed by Robert Trollope in 1668 for the Swinburne family.


Derwentcote Steel Furnace


Forge Lane, Hamsterley, Rowlands Gill, Tyne and Wear, NE39 1QA, Tel: 01912 691215

Derwentcote is the earliest and most complete authentic steel-making furnace to have survived. Built in the 1st part of the 18thC.


The Alnwick Garden

Self-assessed Accessibility Information

Denwick Lane, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 1YU, Tel: 01665 511350

Be inspired by the most exciting contemporary garden developed in the last century, The Alnwick Garden.

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  • Rail station: Alnmouth Train Station (0 mile)
  • Disabled access

Auckland Castle


Market Place, Bishop Auckland, County Durham, DL14 7NR, Tel: 01388 743750

Principal country residence of the Prince Bishops since 1190, the Castle is now the home to the Bishop of Durham.
The Castle & Library Tea Room are now closed until 2018.


Kirkley Hall Gardens


Kirkley Hall, Ponteland, Northumberland, NE20 0AQ, Tel: 01670 841200

Ornamental gardens and grounds with all plants labelled. Shrubs, ornamental borders, sunken garden and alpines. Wall-trained fruit trees and greenhouse plants.


Allen Banks and Staward Gorge


Bardon Mill, Hexham, Northumberland, NE47 7BU, Tel: 01434 344218

Extensive area of hill and river scenery spectacularly sited above the River Allen. Woodland, rich in wildlife, Victorian wilderness walks with scenic viewpoints, reconstructed Victorian Summerhouse and ornamental pond.