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Bishop Auckland 03000 267012

 
 
 
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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
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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
 
 
 

Cherryburn

 
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.

 
 

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.

 
 
 

Rokeby Park

 

Rokeby, Barnard Castle, County Durham, DL12 9RZ, Tel: 01609 748612

Rokeby was designed by the talented amateur architect Sir Thomas Robinson, around 1730. It is an important early example of the (then) new Palladian style but unlike the conventional formula, at Rokeby the pavilions are placed en echelon.

 
 

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.

 
 
 

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.

 
 
 

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.

 
 
 

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.

 
 
 

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.

 
 
 

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.

 
 

Ormesby Hall

 
National Trust

Church Lane, Ormesby, Middlesbrough, TS7 9AS, Tel: 01642 328900

Beautiful 18thC mansion, park, gardens, stable block, tearoom, permanent model railway exhibition. The Pennyman family's intimate 18th-century mansion, attractive rural mansion and gardens on the edge of Middlesbrough.

 
 

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.

 
 

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.

 
 
 

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.

 
 

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.

 
 
 

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
 
 
 

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.

 
 

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.

 
 

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.