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.

The Long Nanny burn on the Northumberland Coast

Northumberland Coast 

Find a moment of peace on the Northumberland Coast's empty stretches of silver sands in winter. Take a boat trip to the Farnes for a day of seal-spotting, looking out for the pups, or walk alongside the wildlife-rich dunes at Embleton and Newton links.

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 2017, feed the birds in the wildlife hide or join in an orienteering event. Or cosy up by the fire with a blanket at Gibside's pub nights, hosted every Friday and Saturday.

Wallington Conservatory in Winter


Take a family walk through the East Woods in January, following the Tall Tales Tree Trail, keeping an eye out for the fairy-tale cast of characters who’ll show you the way. Join a ranger for a guided walk in February 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 cafe.

Families walking in the gardens at Seaton Delaval Hall

Seaton Delaval Hall 

With Make & Do kids' crafts every Sunday from 8 January, Seaton Delaval is open for family adventures throughout the winter season. We're open New Year's Eve and New Year's Day too, when you can bury a timecapsule in the gardens. Or, join our expert guide to learn the story of the flamboyant Delaval family and the tale behind Vanbrugh's architectural gem.

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.