Heritage Open Days in the North East

We’re throwing the doors open this September for Heritage Open Days. Over ten days you can discover some of the special places the National Trust looks after in the North East - free of charge. Check our round-up below and discover what’s on offer across the North East. Which will you explore first?

Discover the ancestral home of George Washington

Washington Old Hall - Friday 10 & Saturday 11 September 

This 17th-century manor house holds stories spanning centuries, from the the ancestral home of America's first president, George Washington, to a house of multiple occupancy that was lived in by many families right up until the 1930s. This year, see WASSA in the Great Hall, a brand new art installation by artists Lindsey Mendick and Dominic Watson, and discover a banquet bringing together a cast of historical and fictional characters associated with the building and its local area.

Ormesby Hall from the Garden

Ormesby Hall - Friday 10 & Saturday 11 September  

Discover the hidden gem of Ormesby Hall on the doorstep of Middlesbrough for free. Explore the historic house to uncover the stories of the Pennyman family, stop by the model railway layouts and see the floral display in the garden. Look out for the laundry maids, who'll be busy washing in the laundry - they might need some help!

A women explores the grounds at Seaton Delaval Hall

Seaton Delaval Hall - Saturday 11 September  

Explore the central hall, basement, stables and gardens at Seaton Delaval Hall and find out about the transformation of the site with the National Lottery Heritage Fund-supported Curtain Rises project. Meet some of the team to find out how they're working to bring the stories of the infamous Delaval family to life. You can also join a spotlight tour, get a sneak peak of some new spaces, and see Cardinal Wolsey’s purse.

Visitors walking outside the house at Wallington

Wallington - Sunday 12 & Monday 13 

Once home to the unconventional and socialist Trevelyan family, Wallington is a large estate with a historic house sitting amidst rolling hills, extensive woodland and walled garden. The informal house is full of beautiful collections, and for this year's Heritage Open Days, you can enjoy some of the upstairs rooms, which have otherwise been closed to visitors this season. Outside, wander through the woodland to the beautiful walled garden or hire a bike to explore on two wheels.

Souter Lighthouse's red and white striped tower sunlit in front of clear blue skies

Souter Lighthouse and the Leas - Sunday 12 & Sunday 19 September 

Explore the first lighthouse built to be powered by electricity and learn about life as a lighthouse keeper. Hear engines power up the foghorn which will be blasting throughout the day. Climb 76 steps to the top of the tower for panoramic views; you might even spot dolphins out to sea. The 'Remembering Marsden' exhibition tells the story of the 'village that vanished' in the words of people who lived there, while outside there's space to play and walk, or relax and enjoy wildlife.

The west front at Cragside, Northumberland

Cragside - Friday 17 September  

Enter the world of Lord Armstrong - Victorian inventor, innovator and landscape genius - and experience Britain's original smart home. Illuminated by hydro-electricity and powered by hydraulics, this pioneering home is filled with Victorian gadgets for efficient and modern living. Outside, explore man-made lakes and foaming waterfalls on this 1,000-acre fantasy landscape. You can follow miles of paths through the towering trees or see the whole estate by car on the Carriage Drive where way-marked walks, hilltop lakes and wildlife are waiting to be discovered.

Gibside's Avenue in autumn

Gibside - Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 September 

With over 600 acres of gardens, woodlands, buildings and an evocative ruin, there are plenty of places to play and explore in this 18th-century landscape garden on the edge of Newcastle. Walking trails through the garden will lead you to man-made terraces and spectacular vista views and past the columned Palladian chapel and impressive ruin of Gibside Hall. Towering above, the Column to Liberty offers a glimpse into the stormy history of Mary Eleanor Bowes.