Things to see & do

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Step back to 1781

The hearth and bedroom of the room where George Stephenson was born

Our costumed guides will offer you a lively tour of the tiny room in which George Stephenson was born and grew up. Can your children spot the differences between the life of a humble Georgian mining family and their own?

Get close to nature

Enjoy wildlife spotting on a wander along the riverside around the cottage

The cottage may once have been on the edge of industrial Tyneside, but it's now a tranquil oasis surrounded by meadows, chalk grassland, woodland and riverside. The bustling Tyne Riverside Park is just a short walk away.

Don't miss

  • Step back into 1781, the year of Stephenson’s birth
  • Tread on the same flagstones as young George
  • Learn about the pioneering steam locomotive The Rocket
  • Pop in for a snack as you cycle along the old Wylam wagon way
  • Wander down to a tranquil stretch of the river Tyne
  • Fascinating working class collection, from copper pots to proggy mats

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