New this spring: new views at Cragside

Explore more of Cragside this spring © NTPL

Explore more of Cragside this spring

We’ve opened up a couple of rooms at Cragside this spring. You can now fully explore the Owl Suite which was built for royal visitors in 1884, and can see the fantastic view of the iron bridge. You can also get a better view of the Japanese room and the original 19th century Japanese prints.

New this spring: nose around Wallington

Go behind the scenes every Tuesday at Wallington © NTPL/Arnhel de Serra

Go behind the scenes every Tuesday at Wallington

On Tuesday afternoons we're holding special events at Wallington. Have a snoop in rooms that are normally closed, meet the experts who look after collections and explore hidden spaces like the cellars and attics. And before you leave, have Tea the Trevelyan Way. 

New this spring: parkrun at Gibside

Join us for a sociable jog at Gibside © NTPL/H Trebble

Join us for a sociable jog at Gibside

We’ve teamed up with parkrun to organise a 5k running event every Saturday at Gibside. You don’t have to be an expert, or even a runner. Just turn up for a sociable walk, jog or run around Gibside’s landscape garden.

New this spring: Talking telescope

Check out Souter's new talking telescope this spring © NTPL/Roger Coulam

Check out Souter's new talking telescope this spring

Souter Lighthouse has a new talking telescope in the garden. For just 20p you can learn more about the wildlife along The Leas, the lost village of Marsden or the landscape surrounding Souter. Bargain!

New this spring: rediscover Lindisfarne

Discover what's new at Lindisfarne Castle © NTPL/©NTPL/Arnhel de Serra

Discover what's new at Lindisfarne Castle

While it’s been cold and wet this winter we’ve transformed Lindisfarne Castle so it feels more like Edward Hudson's holiday home. There are lots of new things to discover like the letters Lytton Strachey wrote criticising his host during his stay at the castle, and copies of Gertrude Jekyll’s original garden plans.

Sounds of spring

Our favourite sound of spring is birdsong

If there's one sound worth getting up early for this spring, its the glorious sound of morning birdsong. Join us for Dawn Chorus events at Washington Old Hall and Gibside.

Spotting spring

 © NTPL/Ben Selway

At this time of year, it's a joy to see nature coming back to life after a dull grey winter. We're keeping our eyes peeled for signs of spring so you know what to look out for on your next visit.

The birds...

The song of skylarks in flight is filling the air on the tops of moors this spring. Out to the coast, we've already seen hundreds of puffins return to the Farne Islands, a lot earlier than expected. 

... and the bees

Busy bees in and out of the hive all day long

The bees at Washington Old Hall have been busy collecting pollen. Pop in to see them when you next visit. Or join us at Gibside to learn about bee keeping and bee friendly gardening.

Meet the lambs


This spring bring your little ones to meet our little ones - lambs that is. Come and meet the new arrivals at GibsideCherryburn and Wallington.

In the pond

The frogs have been busy this spring - our ponds are packed with frog spawn. It's time to tick off number 32 on your list of 50 things to do before you're 11 ¾.

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