Places to visit in winter in the North East

In the North East, many of the places we care for are open throughout the winter for you to enjoy. Head for the unspoilt Northumberland coast, visit a hardy winter garden to see what's in bloom or find an outdoor adventure to blow the cobwebs away.

Tumbleton lake amongst frosty fields

New winter opening times at Cragside 

Cragside is now open at winter. Avoid the post-Christmas slump with a walk in the fresh air. The visitor centre, shop, tea-rooms, woodland and formal garden are all open for you to explore Cragside in a different light.

The Avenue and Chapel in snow

Take a breather at Gibside 

Open throughout the winter, Gibside's 600 acres of woodland and parkland offer a perfect spot for a winter adventure. Try a 5km parkrun for 2018, feed the birds in the wildlife hide or join fascinating tour. Or cosy up by the fire with a blanket at Gibside's pub nights, hosted every Friday and Saturday.

Wallington Conservatory in Winter


Explore Wallington on two wheels on the new Dragon cycle trail which has been designed with families in mind or take a quiet moment in the beautifully decorated Edwardian conservatory or walled garden. Round off your day with a visit to the cosy Clocktower café.

Families walking in the gardens at Seaton Delaval Hall

Seaton Delaval Hall 

Seaton Delaval Hall is open for weekend adventures throughout the winter season. We're open New Year's Eve too. Take a gentle stroll around the gardens - perfect for stretching your legs or head on the Wagonway trail, a self-guided walk around the wider area, incorporating local points of interest and historical facts about the Delaval family and the hall.

The Long Nanny burn on the Northumberland Coast

Northumberland Coast 

Find a moment of peace and breathe in the sea air on the Northumberland Coast's empty stretches of silver sands in winter. Take a walk alongside the wildlife-rich dunes at Embleton and Newton links.

A view from Housesteads Fort

Hadrian's Wall 

Winter is the best time to visit Hadrian's Wall to enjoy Northumberland's Dark Sky park for a spot of stargazing. Or set out on a more challenging walk, visiting Sycamore Gap, England's newly-crowned Tree of the Year, along the way.