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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.


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
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

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.


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.


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.


Souter Lighthouse

National Trust

Coast Road, Whitburn, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear, SR6 7NH, Tel: 0191 529 3161

Opened in 1871 Souter remains an iconic beacon. Hooped in red and white and standing proud on the coastline midway between the Tyne and the Wear.


Gisborough Priory


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

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



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.


Berwick-upon-Tweed Castle


Castlegate, Berwick-Upon-Tweed, TD15 1DF, Tel: 01216 256820

The remains of a medieval castle crucial to Anglo-Scottish warfare, superseded by the most complete and breathtakingly impressive bastioned town defences in England, mainly Elizabethan but updated in the 17th and 18th centuries.


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.


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.


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.


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).


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

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.


Etal Castle


Etal Village, Etal, Northumberland, TD12 4TN, Tel: 01890 820332

Etal is a beautiful village on the River Till. In the centre of the village stands the fortified tower house from which soldiers marched out to fight at the Battle of Flodden in 1513.


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.


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.


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.


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


Seaton Delaval Hall

National Trust

Seaton Sluice, Whitley Bay, Northumberland, NE26 4QR, Tel: 01912 371493

Seaton Delaval Hall is a splendid English baroque house regarded by many as Sir John Vanbrugh's masterpiece.