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Things to do at Cherryburn

Two adults and two children bend over a table looking at leaflets at Cherryburn with museum cabinets in the background.
Visitors in the museum | © National Trust Images/James Dobson

Learn all about renowned 18th-century Northumbrian artist and naturalist Thomas Bewick on a visit to Cherryburn, a farmstead tucked away in the Tyne Valley. See the tiny cottage where he was born and explore the traditional farmhouse which is now a museum dedicated to Bewick’s life and artworks. Then take plenty of time to wander in the garden and spot the wildlife that lives there.

Thomas Bewick’s Birthplace

Take a step back in time and peek inside the tiny cottage where Thomas Bewick was born.

The farmhouse at Cherryburn

Uncover the story of Thomas Bewick and how he came to be one of Northumberland’s greatest artists. Built in the 19th century by the family of Bewick’s brother, the farmhouse is now a museum with an exhibition about Thomas’s life and an unrivalled collection of his original artworks.

A woman and two children in the museum at Cherryburn, with a smiling baby in the centre
Enjoying a visit to Cherryburn | © National Trust Images/James Dobson

Discover the art of engraving

With his intricate wood engravings, Bewick revolutionised print art in Georgian England and continues to inspire artists around the world today. Discover the process of how he created his artwork from wood block to final print with a demonstration in the print room.

The garden at Cherryburn

After visiting the farmhouse, be sure to have a wander through the tranquil garden.

Bewick was inspired by nature and the team at Cherryburn have followed in his footsteps by planting flora that will attract wildlife and pollinators.

Take a picnic on the lawn, stroll between fruit trees, or why not simply relax and admire the views over the Tyne Valley?

Cherryburn recently underwent a major garden renovation project and is now an accessible space for people and wildlife with more seating, wheelchair-friendly and pushchair-friendly paths. It has a more natural look and a wilder feel, with easy to source plants to inspire you to create your own planting schemes at home.

Get back to nature

Bewick's famous wildlife engravings were inspired by a lifelong love of nature and his rambles in the countryside. Emulate his favourite pastimes today and pause to breathe in the fresh air, spot birds and butterflies, and draw your inspiration from the natural surroundings.

Outdoor play

Tick a couple of things off your list of ‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾’ at this natural play area. Gather sticks and leaves to make a den, or go on a bug hunt to see how many minibeasts you can find. The space doesn’t have any playground equipment but it’s perfect to let your imagination run wild.

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