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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
Gibside Chapel covered in a blanket of winter snow
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Gibside 

A Georgian landscape garden forged in an industrial past.

Gateshead, Tyne & Wear

Fully open today
The crocus lawn at Wallington
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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
A family explores the gardens of Seaton Delaval Hall, Northumberland, during autumn with the exterior of Seaton Delaval Hall in the background
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Seaton Delaval Hall 

A place of great theatricality, drama and mischief

Seaton Sluice, Northumberland

Fully open today
Ormesby Hall & stables in January taken from entrance pathway
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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

Closed now
The white walled entrance and red and white striped tower of Souter Lighthouse lit by winter sun, with a glimpse of dark blue sea behind
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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 brick path between low hedges and topiary coated in light frost with bare winter trees 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
Visitors walking with their dog on the beach at Lindisfarne Castle, Northumberland
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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

Partially open today
Cherryburn Farmhouse in the snow
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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
Hadrian's Wall and Housesteads Roman Fort with snow-dusted hills behind
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Hadrian's Wall and Housesteads Fort 

Roman wall running through an often wild landscape

Hexham, Northumberland

Fully open today
A view of Washington Old Hall and part of its formal garden under a covering of snow, surrounded by bare snow-covered trees. The light is soft and rosy under pink tinged clouds, giving the sandstone of the buildings and garden walls a warm glow. The scene is like a Christmas card.
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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

Partially 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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Plant a snowdrop with Gibside 

Gibside, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear

Drop in to help the gardening team plant snowdrops this February half term.

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21 Feb to 22 Feb 2024
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10:00 to 12:00
+ 3 other dates or times
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February half term family trail 

Gibside, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear

Can you find all 8 wellies? Explore Gibside and learn about nature on this family friendly trail.

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21 Feb to 25 Feb 2024
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10:00 to 14:30
+ 4 other dates or times
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Souter sports 

Souter Lighthouse and The Leas, Whitburn, Tyne & Wear

Have a go at outdoor games and mini-sports activities for all the family. Challenge a family member to a kickabout or a race to get everyone involved!

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on
21 Feb 2024
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10:00 to 15:00
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February half term 

Seaton Delaval Hall, Seaton Sluice, Northumberland

Join us for a day out in nature this February half term.

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on
21 Feb to 25 Feb 2024
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10:00 to 17:00
+ 4 other dates or times
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Gibside health walk 

Gibside, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear

Take part in a health walk around Gibside.

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on
21 Feb to 18 Dec 2024
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11:00 to 12:00
+ 43 other dates or times
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Snowdrop planting at Wallington 

Wallington, near Morpeth, Northumberland

It’s back! With your help, another 100,000 snowdrops will be planted this February half-term. That's a massive 900,000 planted since we first began this fun, family, February half term activity back in 2015!

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on
21 Feb to 25 Feb 2024
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11:00 to 15:00
+ 4 other dates or times
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Make a bird feeder 

Crook Hall Gardens, Durham

Turn your garden, yard or window ledge into a restaurant for feathered friends.

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21 Feb 2024
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11:00 to 16:00
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Build a bird box 

Washington Old Hall, Washington, Tyne & Wear

We're getting hands-on to help birds this half term.

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on
21 Feb 2024
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11:00 to 16:00
Family walking down the main drive with lady in a tramper at Shugborough Estate, Staffordshire - CTA crop only

Where will you visit next?

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