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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

The Coach Houses at Raby Castle hold a collection of Horse Drawn Carriages on display to the general public.

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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.


Barnard Castle

English Heritage

Barnard Castle, Barnard Castle, Durham County, DL12 9AT, Tel: 01833 638212

Ruined castle overlooking the River Tees. Remains include 14thC great hall, 3-storey keep and circular round tower which inspired Sir Walter Scott (Rokeby).



National Trust

Nr Rowlands Gill, Burnopfield, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE16 6BG, Tel: 01207 541820

One of the North's finest landscapes, much of which is SSSI, Gibside is a forest garden currently under restoration, embracing many miles of walks through woodland and beside the river Derwent.


Piercebridge Roman Fort


Piercebridge Village, Darlington, DL2 3SG, Tel: 01325 460532

One of a series of Roman sites on Dere Street on its route through County Durham. These sites are linked by the Dere Street Trail.


Bamburgh Castle

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Bamburgh, Northumberland, NE69 7DF, Tel: 01668 214515

Home to the Kings of Northumbria this magnificent coastal castle was completely restored in 1900. Collections of china, porcelain, furniture, paintings, arms and armour.

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  • Parking: with charge
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access

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

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.


Temple of Mithras, Carrawburgh


Chollerford, Hexham, Northumberland, UK, Tel: 01912 691215

Near Carrawburgh fort stands a fascinating temple to the eastern god Mithras, with facsimiles of altars found during excavation.


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.


George Stephenson's Birthplace


George Stephenson's Birthplace, Wylam, Northumberland, NE41 8BP, Tel: 01661 853457

Birthplace of the world-famous railway engineer. Discover the humble birthplace of great railway pioneer, George Stephenson, whose entire family lived in just one room.


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.


Bessie Surtees House


41-44 Sandhill, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3JF, Tel: 01912 691215

These two five-storey 16th and 17th-century merchant's houses are fine examples of Jacobean domestic architecture, with some splendid period interiors.


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.


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.


Durham Castle


Palace Green, Durham, County Durham, DH1 3RW, Tel: 01913 344106

Home of Prince Bishops until the foundation of the University in 1832. Part of a World Heritage Site with a Norman chapel dating from 1075 and the kitchens and Great Hall dating from 1499 and 1284 respectively.


Norham Castle


Norham, Northumberland, TD15 2JY, Tel: 01289 382329

Commanding a vital ford over the River Tweed, Norham was one of the strongest of the border castles, and the most often attacked by the Scots.


Meldon Park Kitchen Garden


Meldon Park, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE61 3SW, Tel: 01670 772341

The Kitchen Garden Shop is located in the picturesque Walled Garden of Meldon Park, Morpeth.


Corbridge Roman Site (Corstopitum) Hadrian's Wall at Corbridge Roman Site (Corstopitum)


Corbridge Roman Site, Corbridge, Northumberland, NE45 5NT, Tel: 01912 691215

Lying on a pivotal Roman intersection near the Tyne crossing, Corbridge played a vital role in every Roman campaign in northern Britain before becoming a busy garrison town.


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.