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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.

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Top places to visit in the North East

Cragside House on a spring day. The House is surrounded by green trees and there are some flowers appearing in the Rock Garden that surrounded it.
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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
Visitors walking along the grassy avenue towards the Chapel at Gibside
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Gibside 

A Georgian landscape garden forged in an industrial past.

Gateshead, Tyne & Wear

Fully open today
Wallington Hall with the courtyard behind, Northumberland
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Wallington 

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

near Morpeth, Northumberland

Fully 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
View of the castle from the walled garden with pink and yellow flowers in the foreground 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).

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

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, first president of the USA

Washington, Tyne & Wear

Fully open today
A group of visitors watching seabirds including puffins on the Farne Islands, Northumberland
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Farne Islands 

National Nature Reserve home to an internationally important breeding colony of thousands of seabirds and grey seals.

Northumberland

Partially open today
Young boy rockpooling at Souter Lighthouse and The Leas, Tyne & Wear

May half term holiday fun in the North East 

With the next school holidays around the corner, there are plenty of adventures and activities to be had in the North East. Join us during May Half Term for sports and outdoor games, seashore safaris and pond dipping, or discover where to enjoy a whole week of nature or musical inspired family fun.

Art in the North East

Visitors discover New Borders by Chantal Herbert & Dami Fawehinmi, winners of the NE Emerging Artist Award I Seaton Delaval Hall I Northumberland
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North East Emerging Artist Award at Seaton Delaval Hall 

Discover this years winners of the North East Emerging Artist Award as they display their work at Seaton Delaval Hall. Come and see Rachel Blackwell: Flight of the Pipistrelles, Jacob Goff: Many Hands and Wambui Hardcastle: Time Flies in the Blink of an Eye.

Artist Liz Gre with Lindisfarne Castle in the background.
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Liz Gre at Lindisfarne Castle 

Discover Embodied Cacophonies by Liz Gre- a light, sound and sculptural installation that explores the elemental nature of Holy Island and the cacophonies that surround us. The sculpture draws inspiration from weathered raw materials and the elemental nature of Holy Island – such as water, wind, limestone & the stars.

Master wood engraver Chris Daunt working
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Chris Daunt at Cherryburn 

The Art and Craft of Wood Engraving is a new exhibition by master engraver Chris Daunt, displaying a cross-section of Chris' work, produced across decades of wood engraving. All of Chris' engravings are hand printed on a beautiful 19th century Albion Press in limited editions.

Outdoor activities in the North East

A family rounds a bend amongst the trees on the Dragon Cycle Trail at Wallington, Northumberland, as they pedal towards the camera
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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 cycling at Wallington
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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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North East Emerging Artist Award 

Seaton Delaval Hall, Seaton Sluice, Northumberland

Your chance to explore work from emerging and early career artists in or from the region. See the final pieces from the three 2022/23 winners and vote for your favourite from the shortlisted eight for 2023/24.

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27 May to 24 Jun 2024
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01:00 to 17:00
+ 28 other dates or times
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Festival of Blossom: moth and butterfly trail at Gibside 

Gibside, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear

Join us this Festival of Blossom and May half term for a family scavenger hunt all about butterflies and moths.

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27 May to 2 Jun 2024
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10:00 to 16:00
+ 6 other dates or times
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May half term 

Seaton Delaval Hall, Seaton Sluice, Northumberland

Visit daily during May half term for fun with friends and family. The Delaval Games Chest is back out, so grab bats, balls, frisbees and more and enjoy a game on the South Lawn.

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27 May to 2 Jun 2024
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10:00 to 17:00
+ 6 other dates or times
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May half term - incredible insects trail in the Walled Garden at Wallington 

Wallington, near Morpeth, Northumberland

Explore the incredible world of insects on a trail in the Walled Garden this May half term.

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27 May to 2 Jun 2024
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10:00 to 17:00
+ 6 other dates or times
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Musical Mayhem at half-term 

Ormesby Hall, Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire

Join us at Ormesby Hall for a music inspired May half-term.

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27 May to 2 Jun 2024
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10:30 to 16:00
+ 6 other dates or times
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May half term at Wallington - Duck races 

Wallington, near Morpeth, Northumberland

The Wallington duck race is back!

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27 May to 28 May 2024
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11:00 to 11:30
+ 7 other dates or times
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Washington: Fact, Fiction and Folklore 

Washington Old Hall, Washington, Tyne & Wear

A multi-media exhibition to celebrate Washington’s past, both real and mythical, marking 60 years as a New Town.

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27 May to 23 Jun 2024
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11:00 to 13:00
+ 19 other dates or times
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Pond Dipping 

Ormesby Hall, Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire

Drop by the Ormesby Hall pond to see what lives in the freshwater.

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27 May to 31 May 2024
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11:00 to 14:00
+ 2 other dates or times
Small girl running between conical topiary hedges in the Cherry Garden at Ham House

Where will you visit next?

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