Discover something new in the North East

Visitors walking outside the house at Wallington

Spring is a time when we dust down the furniture and open the doors for a new season. Come on over and discover something new.


The unchartered territory of an unconventional family

Did you know that Wallington is the largest estate that we care for? You can discover more of countryside this year on tours of Rothley Lake and a guided walk that follows in the schoolboy footsteps of England’s most significant landscape gardener Capability Brown. Inside the house, which will now open seven days a week, find out more about the unconventional aristocrat who gifted Wallington to the nation.

A tranquil haven where you may stumble across the unexpected

In the heart of  Gibside 18th century landscape garden you’ll discover the Walled Garden. It’s a tranquil retreat filled with flowers, vineries and vegetable plots. This year you may also stumble across various exhibitions and installations featuring giant golden pineapples or embroidered textiles hung out on the washing line.

Pineapples have more to do with Gibside than you might think...
A golden pineapple
Pineapples have more to do with Gibside than you might think...

Family fun all year round

Souter Lighthouse was a marvel of its age and is now a hub of family fun. Don’t miss events including ‘Stories at Souter’ for World Book Day, and in the summer the annual Kite Festival, Marine Wildlife Roadshow and pirate themed fun days. Arrr me hearties! 

An inventors paradise

We’re opening up early this year at ‘the palace of the modern magician’ or Cragside as you might better know it. From Easter onwards, we’re removing the set visitor route and pushing back the roped boundaries in the study. Perhaps most exciting is this summer we’re opening up the electrical room. It’s going to be an interactive space where we bring Lord Armstrong’s experiments to life. 

The Entrance Front at Cragside
The Entrance Front at Cragside
The Entrance Front at Cragside

A small place with a big history

This year we’re celebrating as we’ve been looking after Washington Old Hall for 60 years. The manor house has links to the first US president. On a visit in spring you can discover how the hall was saved from demolition in the 1930’s, find out more about the people who lived there and some of its famous visitors. Outside, there’s also a brand new play fort for your little ones.

You'll not find anywhere else like it!

Seaton Delaval Hall is a place like no other, and on a visit this year you can find discover why. On the first Saturday of every month we’ll be hosting front of house talks about the flamboyant Delavals and the history of the Hall. You can also meet the gardeners every Monday for garden talks.  

Enjoy a walk at Seaton Delaval and through the surrounding area
A lady enjoys a stroll through the gardens at Seaton Delaval
Enjoy a walk at Seaton Delaval and through the surrounding area

Inspired by wildlife?

As an adult Thomas Bewick was a famous Northumbrian artist but we also like to call him the original ‘wild child’. Bewick loved being outdoors studying wildlife for hours. Now, for the first time, you can explore Cherryburn, his birthplace, seven days a week. learn about his craft in the museum, watch traditional print techniques in the press room and cosy up by the range.