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.

Opening up the west wing

Hear stories of the Trevelyan family in the west wing © NTPL/Arnhel de Serra

Hear stories of the Trevelyan family in the west wing

At Wallington, we're opening up the west wing of the house for the first time. Join us for a tour where we'll tell you stories of the Trevelyan family before you cast your vote on its future use. 

Gibside's thriving market square

Gibside has new additions to the thriving market square © NTPL/National Trust / Gibside

Gibside has new additions to the thriving market square

Gibside's new butchery and bakery get into full swing this spring. Housed in a new building in Gibside’s market square, where regular farmers’ markets take place, the butchery and bakery give local suppliers the facilities they need to help their businesses thrive. In addition, Gibside has converted more spaces into creative studios. 

25 years at Souter Lighthouse

Souter Lighthouse stands proud on the coast © NTPL/Roger Coulam

Souter Lighthouse stands proud on the coast

We first opened Souter Lighthouse to visitors on 19 July, 1990. Later this year, we'll be carrying out major restoration work to the metal and glass diamond panels in the lantern room at the top of the tower. Outside along The Leas, we're working with the local Coastal Conservation Group to undertake the first ever annual wildlife survey.

Victorian baking at Cragside

Victorian Baking Days take place most Wednesday's © NTPL/National Trust / Barry Pells

Victorian Baking Days take place most Wednesday's

Cragside will be getting to grips with Victorian cooking in April on the newly restored kitchen range. Thanks to money raised through raffle ticket sales last year, we've restored the kitchen range in Lord Armstrong’s impressive kitchen, which has the first example of a working dishwasher, a service lift and a water powered spit.

Spring at Seaton Delaval Hall

Golden daffodils herald the return of spring © NTPL/Maureen Ritson

Golden daffodils herald the return of spring

New woodland walks at Seaton Delaval Hall enable you to enjoy the beautiful displays of bluebells and historic daffodils this spring. For families there's a new trail to learn more about the main characters in the Delaval family, and the Central Hall will be fully open after a number of years of major conservation work.

Warm glow at Washington Old Hall

Enjoy the hall by firelight © NTPL/WOH

Enjoy the hall by firelight

Six out of the seven fireplaces at Washington Old Hall have been fitted with a realistic fire setting, giving you a better idea of what it would have looked, felt and even smelt like in the 17th century. Come and imagine life in this house nestled in the heart of Washingon Village.

Vote for Wallington

Sir Charles leaving number 10 Downing Street with two cabinet colleagues

Sir Charles leaving number 10 Downing Street with two cabinet colleagues

If you visit Wallington from mid-April expect to be transported into the middle of the general election. Not the 2015 election, we're taking you back to 1929 when Sir Charles Phillips Trevelyan stood as a Labour Candidate for the second time. Find out more about Sir Charles' political past and how that led him to give Wallington to you on a visit this year.

Coastal walks

From the sandy beaches and castles of Northumberland to the clifftops, sea stacks and caves of The Leas in South Tyneside, the coastline we look after offers some great walks.Here are our top seven coastal walks in the North East - there's something for all abilities.

50 things to do before you're 11 ¾

Do you have a mini adventurer in your family? One who likes to scale new heights, explore deep dark pools and find the ugliest bugs around? If that sounds like your little one, they'll love our list of 50 things to do before you're 11¾ - especially in spring.

Spring and summer holidays

Holiday somewhere special this year. Fancy a cottage in Lord Armstrong's garden at Cragside? How about one that's 50 metres from the best preserved Roman Fort on Hadrian's Wall? Or overlooking Lindisfarne Castle on Holy Island?