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North East

Lose yourself in the North East's characterful houses and their glorious gardens, discover atmospheric woodland and rugged coastlines and explore other gems including a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Places to visit

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Top places to visit in the North East

A group of visitors are walk down large stone steps in the Rock Garden on a winter's day. Cragside House is in the background.
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Cragside 

Explore Britain's original smart home which sits at the heart of a grand designer garden.

Morpeth, Northumberland

Fully open today
Emerging spring leaves near the Chapel at Gibside
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Gibside 

A Georgian landscape garden forged in an industrial past.

Gateshead, Tyne & Wear

Fully open today
A family cycling on the Dragon Cycle Trail at Wallington, Northumberland
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Wallington 

Discover Wallington, where a historical house meets rolling hills, woodlands and a walled garden.

near Morpeth, Northumberland

Partially open today
South lawn at Seaton Delaval Hall in the spring sunshine
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Seaton Delaval Hall 

A place of great theatricality, drama and mischief

Seaton Sluice, Northumberland

Fully open today
House and garden in spring at Ormesby Hall with colourful tulips
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Ormesby Hall 

Home to the Pennyman family, Ormesby Hall, garden and parkland is a green oasis in the heart of industrial Middlesbrough.

Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire

Fully open today
The red and white striped tower and white buildings of Souter Lighthouse with its square white Foghorn House topped with two large black horns in the foreground.
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Souter Lighthouse and The Leas 

A historic lighthouse overlooking nature-rich clifftop grasslands, coastal park and rugged coastline.

Whitburn, Tyne & Wear

Fully open today
A wide aerial view over Crook Hall Gardens on a sunny spring day. Trees and shrubs are in full leaf, with colourful flowers in borders between green lawns. The roof of the café can be seen between the gardens and buildings on the edge of the city, with Durham Cathedral just visible in the distance
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Crook Hall Gardens 

Characterful gardens on the edge of Durham city, set against the backdrop of a medieval hall.

Durham

Fully open today
Two walkers climbing over a stone wall with Lindisfarne Castle in the background
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Lindisfarne Castle 

A castle (that's not a castle) on an island (that's not an island). The castle is now closed until Friday 1 March, however there's plenty to explore outdoors.

Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland

Fully open today
Cherryburn farmhouse with snake head fritillary in the foreground with blue sky overhead
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Cherryburn 

Cottage and farmhouse, the birthplace of Thomas Bewick. Closed for the winter until Thursday 14 March.

Stocksfield, Northumberland

Closed now
A visitor walks on a sunny day at Hadrian's Wall and Housesteads Fort, Northumberland.
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Hadrian's Wall and Housesteads Fort 

Roman wall running through an often wild landscape

Hexham, Northumberland

Fully open today
The exterior of Washington Old Hall against clear blue sky. Carved stone eagles top the walls either side of a set of stone steps. Trees in leaf are visible and a pink dog rose is close up in the foreground.
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Washington Old Hall 

Manor House associated with the family of George Washington, the first president of the United States. The house is closed for the winter until Saturday 10 February.

Washington, Tyne & Wear

Fully open today

Outdoor activities in the North East

Cycling at Wallington, Northumberland in November
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Outdoor activities at Wallington 

Reconnect with nature at Wallington and explore miles of footpaths along rivers and through woodland, bring your bikes and try the cycling trail and spot wildlife including red squirrels and otters.

A view along rugged grass-topped cliffs, with Souter Lighthouse in the distance. A rock archway stands in rough sea off the headland.
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Outdoor activities at Souter Lighthouse and The Leas 

Whether you want to walk, run or cycle, the green open space at Souter Lighthouse and The Leas provides the perfect base for getting outdoors.

Visit National Trust places in the North East without a car

Travel by train, bus, bike or on foot for a sustainable day out in the North East

Family walking with coffee out in woodlands
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Places you can visit in the North East without a car 

Whether you’re looking to travel by train, bus, bike or foot, there are many places in the North East that you can visit without a car - here's the info to help you plan a car-free day out.

Places to stay in the North East

From coastguard lookouts and fishermen's cottages to somewhere cosy inland, with an open fire you and your dog can warm yourselves in front of after a long walk, there are some unforgettable places to stay in the North East.

Puffins on the Farne Islands, Northumberland
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Northumberland and the North East 

Discover our places to stay across Northumberland. Whether you're a nature lover searching for somewhere you can spot coastal wildlife, or a history fan looking to explore Roman ruins, these cottages are the perfect base for your adventures.

Get involved

A staff member in a room with a stone fireplace and antique wooden chairs, talks to a family, who are holding clipboards with activity sheets

Volunteering in the North East 

Join the volunteers who help look after the many interesting places in the North East, and ensure visitors have a great day there – from Cragside to Souter Lighthouse and Seaton Delaval Hall.

National Trust staff talking to volunteers before beginning work on Brean Down, North Somerset
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Supporter groups in the North East 

Meet like-minded individuals in the North East by joining a supporter group near you. Enjoy a programme of talks and trips while supporting special places.

Upcoming events

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Learn to Nordic walk at Wallington 

Wallington, near Morpeth, Northumberland

Learn to Nordic walk at Wallington this year with the team from Strolls with Poles. Enjoy the scenery around Wallington whilst learning this wonderful new skill.

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3 Mar to 1 Dec 2024
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10:30 to 12:30
+ 9 other dates or times
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Seasonal walk 

Souter Lighthouse and The Leas, Whitburn, Tyne & Wear

Join us for a free guided walk to appreciate the changes each season brings.

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3 Mar to 7 Dec 2024
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11:00 to 14:00
+ 3 other dates or times
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History talk - an introduction to the history of Gibside 

Gibside, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear

Get a taste for the history of Gibside with a Guided Walk volunteer.

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3 Mar to 31 May 2024
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11:30 to 12:00
+ 57 other dates or times
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Delaval Discoveries: Potted History Talk 

Seaton Delaval Hall, Seaton Sluice, Northumberland

Join our expert guides daily for an introduction to the gay Delavals, the most notorious of Georgian partygoers and pranksters and discover the story behind Sir John Vanbrugh's 300 year old masterpiece.

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3 Mar to 3 Nov 2024
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12:30 to 13:00
+ 306 other dates or times
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History walk - the story of Gibside 

Gibside, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear

Dive into the history of Gibside and take a walk with a Guided Walk volunteer around the 18th century pleasure garden.

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3 Mar to 31 May 2024
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13:00 to 14:30
+ 57 other dates or times
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Evensong at Gibside Chapel 

Gibside, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear

Join the service to experience an afternoon of evensong and prayer.

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3 Mar to 1 Dec 2024
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15:00 to 15:50
+ 9 other dates or times
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Durham city walk 

Crook Hall Gardens, Durham

A guided walk delving into the history of Durham

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5 Mar to 29 Oct 2024
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13:00 to 15:15
+ 34 other dates or times
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Tuesday health walk 

Souter Lighthouse and The Leas, Whitburn, Tyne & Wear

A gentle guided stroll. Free.

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5 Mar to 17 Dec 2024
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14:00 to 15:00
+ 41 other dates or times
Visitors walking among daffodils at Dora's Field, Ambleside, Cumbria

Where will you visit next?

Discover lots of gardens, historic houses, days out at the coast and more.