North East

Discover castles, houses and open spaces then lose yourself in the dunes of the Northumberland Coast. There's always something to inspire your day out in the North East.

This section of the page features an image gallery, so if you're using a screen reader you may wish to jump to the main content.

Feeling festive?

We love that festive feeling in the run up to the big day, so last year we filmed some of you getting into the Christmas spirit with us.

Father Christmas

Say hello to Father Christmas at Wallington 

Have you made Father Christmas’ good list this year? Find out where he’s stopping off in the North East in the run up to the big day. He’s a popular guy and is booking up fast.

Christmas music

Gibside Chapel has fantastic acoustics for a choral concert © National Trust / Gibside

Sit back and enjoy some festive favourites from the North East Gospel choir on Saturday 20 December. There'll be mince pies and mulled wine too. Just the thing to get you in the Christmas spirit.

50 things to do before you're 11 ¾

This winter don't miss the chance to tick off a few more activities on your list of 50 things. The dark nights are perfect for No. 27 - Go star gazing, and No. 40 - Go on a nature walk at night. 

Fairs and markets

Pick up local crafts and food at one of our markets

Our final festive farmers' market of the year takes place at Gibside on Saturday 20 December. Pick up some local delicacies for your festive feast and some local crafts to finish off your Christmas shopping.

Get active

If you like exercising outdoors, we might just have the perfect place for you to do it. Check our our walking, running and cycling routes and find out more about our promise to cyclists. 

Places to stay

Looking for somewhere a bit different for your next holiday? Check our our holiday cottages in the North East including a lighthouse keeper's cottage, a cottage overlooking Lindisfarne Castle and a former farmhouse next to the best preserved Roman Fort along Hadrian's Wall.

Down the road

The Deer park at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal is home to over 350 wild deer. There are Red, Sika and Fallow deer all cared for by our Deer Warden. Have you visited yet? We have some handy tips so you can tell the difference between them for when you do.