Hidden gems in the North East

Looking for somewhere a bit different to explore? If you're searching for that perfect spot to sit back and take in a view, or just fancy downing your picnic blanket in a relaxed setting, we've got lots of hidden gems to discover in the North East.

A couple cycling at Wallington

Explore off the beaten track at Wallington  

Discover Wallington’s house and gardens, home to generations of the unconventional Trevelyan family. Explore the Northumberland countryside on two wheels on the Dragon Cycle trail or look for wildlife including otters, badgers red squirrels and bats on one of the many estate walks.

Visitors having a picnic at Cherryburn

Get closer to art and nature at Cherryburn 

Peek inside the Print Room and discover how Thomas Bewick revolutionised print art in Georgian England by watching demonstrations showing how wood blocks were used to create beautiful prints. Or, pack a picnic and down your blanket on the lawn while the youngsters enjoy playing games.

Visitors in the gardens at Washington Old Hall

Historical connections at Washington Old Hall  

Explore the ancestral home of George Washington, first president of the USA and discover its fascinating history, told through the stories of those who’ve lived there. Explore the tranquil gardens and discover the dramatic 17th century parterre and the wilds of the nuttery, teaming with creatures, nature and wildlife. Stop by the café and choose from a range of freshly made food and relax in the outdoor courtyard, tucked away within the gardens.

Visitors walking along path to Souter Lighthouse and The Leas

Coastal adventures at Souter Lighthouse and the Leas 

Discover why Souter Lighthouse truly was 'a Marvel of its age'. Climb the 76 steps to the top of the tower and take in the amazing view or stretch your legs on a brisk walk along The Leas, two and a half miles of magnesian limestone cliffs, wave-cut foreshore and coastal grassland teaming with seabirds. Keep the little ones busy with garden games while you relax with a coffee in the Foghorn Field.

Family exploring the gardens at Ormesby Hall

Find Ormesby Hall on the edge of Teesside 

Ormesby Hall was the home of the Pennyman family for hundreds of years. Today you can explore the house and colourful gardens to get sense of what life was like living here for its most recent inhabitants, Jim and Ruth Pennyman. New for 2019, discover the Boosbeck Furniture Showroom and find out how the Pennymans supported local communities as traditional industries began to decline.