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Durham 01833 660202

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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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.


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

Arbeia Roman Fort and Museum


Baring Street, South Shields, Tyne and Wear, NE33 2BB, Tel: 01914 561369

Discover what life was like at one of Britain's most important archaeological sites.


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.


Chillingham Castle

Historic Houses Association Friends Scheme

Chillingham Castle, Northumberland, NE66 5NJ, Tel: 01668 215359

Medieval fortress with Tudor additions, torture chamber, shop, dungeon, tearoom and woodland walk to lake. Beautifully furnished rooms and Italian topiary garden with spectacular herbaceous borders.

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  • Rail station: Alnmouth (18 miles)
  • Children welcome

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

Howick Hall Gardens & Arboretum


Estate Office, Howick Hall, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 3LB, Tel: 01665 577 285

The gardens at Howick are deliberately aimed at garden lovers with the extensive grounds offering a wide variety of plants throughout the year and are open from early February until mid November.


Preston Hall Museum


Preston Park, Yarm Road, Stockton-on-Tees, Unitary Authority, TS18 3RH, Tel: 01642 526474

Return to a bygone age and stroll down a recreated high street of the 1890s with its shops and working craftsmen.


Finchale Priory


Brasside, Newton Hall, Durham, Durham County, DH1 5SH, Tel: 01912 691215

13thC Benedictine priory. Built around the tomb of St Godric who lived in hermitage until he was 105. After Durham, the most important monastic site in the country, set against a lush background of trees in a loop of the River Wear.


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.


Black Carts Turret (Hadrian's Wall)


Black Carts Turret (Hadrian's Wall), Walwick, Humshaugh, Northumberland, NE46 4BW, Tel: 01912 691215

A 460 metre (1,509 feet) length of Hadrian's Wall including one turret.


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

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.


Edlingham Castle


Edlingham Castle, Edlingham, Alnwick, NE66 2BW, Tel: 0191 269 1200

Edlingham Castle is a small castle ruin, having Scheduled Ancient Monument and Grade I listed building status, in the care of English Heritage, in a valley to the west of Alnwick, Northumberland.


Castle Keep at Newcastle Castle


Saint Nicholas Street, Castle Garth, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE1 1RQ, Tel: 01912 327938

Built in 1168-1178 and one of the finest surviving examples of a Norman keep in the country. Panoramic views of the city from the roof and small museum within keep.


Prudhoe Castle


Prudhoe Castle, Prudhoe, Northumberland, NE42 6NA, Tel: 01912 691215

Prudhoe Castle has many a story to tell so a family day out to this Northumberland fortress is truly worthwhile.


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.


Bowes Castle


Bowes, Barnard Castle, County Durham, DL12 9HP, Tel: 01912 691215

The impressive ruins of Henry II's 12th century keep, on the site of a Roman fort guarding the approach to strategic Stainmore Pass over the Pennines.