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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
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

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.


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.


Gisborough Priory


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

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


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.


Housesteads Roman Fort


Hadrian's Wall, Haydon Bridge, Northumberland, NE47 6NN, Tel: 0370 333 1181

Housesteads Roman Fort is situated halfway along Hadrian’s Wall and boasts spectacular views of the rolling hills that line the Roman Frontier.


Chesters Roman Fort, Hadrian's Wall

English Heritage

Chollerford, Humshaugh, Northumberland, NE46 4EU, Tel: 01912 691215

The best preserved example of a Roman cavalry fort in Britain, Chesters Roman Fort was built to guard the bridge which carried Hadrian’s Wall and the military road over the North River Tyne.


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.


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).


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

Denton Hall Turrett (Hadrian's Wall)


West Denton Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE15 7LQ, Tel: 01912 691215

The foundations of a turret and a 65 metre (213 feet) length of Wall.


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.


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.


Brinkburn Priory


Brinkburn Priory, Longframlington, Northumberland, NE65 8AR, Tel: 01912 691215

Founded in 1135 for canons of the Augustinian order. Rievaulx was restored in the 19th century and now survives in its entirety as Northumberland's finest example of early Gothic architecture


Egglestone Abbey


Egglestone Abbey, Barnard Castle, County Durham, DL12 9TN, Tel: 01912 691215

The charming ruins of a small monastery of Premonstratensian 'white canons', picturesquely set above a bend in the River Tees near Barnard Castle.


Hylton Castle


Craigavon Road, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, SR5 3PB, Tel: 01912 611585

The distinctive and highly decorative gatehouse-tower of a castle built by the wealthy Sir William Hylton, shortly before 1400.


Preston Tower

Historic Houses Association Friends Scheme

Chathill, Northumberland, NE67 5DH, Tel: 01665 589227

The tower was built in 1392 and is one of the few survivors of 37 castles and 78 pele towers listed in 1415.

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  • Rail station: Chathill (1 mile)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access

Beamish Museum

VistEngland VAQAS

Beamish Museum, Beamish, County Durham, DH9 0RG, Tel: 01913 704000

Open-air museum vividly recreating life in the North East in the early 1800s and 1900s. Take a tram ride to the town, with period shops, houses and Masonic Hall.


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.