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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
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.

Lady Waterford Hall & Gallery
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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

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.


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

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.


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.


Haughton Castle Lodge


Haughton Castle Lodge, Humshaugh, Hexham, NE46 4AY, Tel: 01386 701177

Romantic Haughton Castle, a Grade 1 listed building, dates from the peaceful era of 1260. The Castle faces parkland on one side, and a spectacular view across farmland with the North Tyne below.


Sewingshields Wall (Hadrian's Wall)


Sewingshields Wall (Hadrian's Wall), Haydon Bridge, Northumberland, NE47 6NP, Tel: 01912 611585

A length of Wall with milecastle remains, impressively sited along the Whin Sill, commanding fine views of many prehistoric and later earthworks to the north.


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.


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.


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.


Paxton House, Gallery & Country Park

Historic Houses Association Friends Scheme

Berwick-Upon-Tweed, TD15 1SZ, Tel: 01289 386291

Palladian country house by John Adam built 1758. 12 period rooms, magnificent Picture Gallery - Partner of the National Galleries of Scotland, working Georgian kitchen.


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.


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.


Eshott Hall


Eshott Hall, Morpeth, NE65 9EN, Tel: 01670 787777

Eshott Hall is an elegant boutique property designed to give the discerning guest a taste of country house living.


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.



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.


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.


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.


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.