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


Avoid the post-Christmas slump with a walk in the fresh air at Cragside. With 14 routes, there's a walk to suit all abilities. The visitor centre, shop, tea-rooms, woodland and formal garden are all open for you to explore.

The Avenue and Chapel in snow


Open throughout the winter, Gibside's 600 acres of woodland and parkland offer a perfect spot for a winter adventure. Kick start the New Year with a 5km parkrun, feed the birds in the wildlife hide or join fascinating tour.

Wallington Conservatory in Winter


Explore Wallington on two wheels on the Dragon cycle trail which has been designed with families and beginners in mind. Enjoy a peaceful moment in the Edwardian conservatory or walled garden and round off your day with a visit to the cosy Clocktower café.

The Long Nanny burn on the Northumberland Coast

Winter on the 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 the iconic Sycamore Gap along the way.