Alnwick Castle

Alnwick NE66 1NQ

Alnwick Castle is Britain's second largest inhabited castle; home to the Duke of Northumberland's family for over 700 years. Combining magnificent medieval architecture with sumptuous Italianate interiors, Alnwick Castle starred as Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films and more recently featured in ITV's Downton Abbey.

Aydon Castle - English Heritage

Corbridge NE45 5PJ

Aydon Castle is a wonderful family day out. Set in beautiful woodland surroundings the 13th century manor house has plenty to inspire children and is perfect for summer picnics.

Bamburgh Castle

Links Road
Bamburgh NE69 7DF

Bamburgh Castle is probably the finest castle in England. It is perched on a basalt outcrop on the very edge of the North Sea at Bamburgh, Northumberland.

Bellingham Heritage Centre

Station Yard, Woodburn Road
Bellingham NE48 2DF

The Heritage Centre, Bellingham, is the local museum of the North Tyne and Redesdale areas of Northumberland, situated in the former railway station. We have exhibits on the Border Reivers, the Border Counties Railway, mining and farming.

Belsay Hall, Castle & Gardens - English Heritage

Nr Ponteland NE20 0DX

There's something for everyone at Belsay. Explore a spectacular medieval castle, a Greek Revival 19th-century mansion and thirty acres of stunning Grade I gardens linking the two.

Brinkburn Priory - English Heritage

Morpeth NE65 8AR

The beautiful 12th century church of the Augustinian priory of Brinkburn survives completely roofed and restored. Picturesquely set by a bend in the River Coquet, it is reached by a scenic ten minute walk from the car park.

Cherryburn - National Trust

Stockfield NE43 7DD

Cottage and farmhouse, the birthplace of Thomas Bewick: * Birthplace of Northumberland's greatest artist and engraver * Fascinating exhibition of Bewick's life and work * Demonstrations of old-fashioned woodblock engraving and hand printing.

Chesters Roman Fort & Museum - English Heritage

Hexham NE46 4EU

Chesters Roman Fort was built to guard the Roman bridge which carried Hadrian's Wall over the River North Tyne. The entire foundations of the headquarters building are visible and, down by the river, the bath house is extremely well preserved.

Chillingham Castle

Alnwick NE66 5NJ

This remarkable castle with beautiful gardens and grounds has, since the twelve hundreds, remained in the same family line. You will see active restoration of complex masonry, metalwork and ornamental plaster as the state rooms are gradually restored. Steeped in the nation's history it occupied a strategic position as a fortress during Northumberland's bloody border feuds. Take a step back in time and relive the eerie atmosphere of the torture chamber and the chilling dungeon, not for the faint hearted.

Corbridge Roman Town - English Heritage

Corbridge NE45 5NT

On the pivotal north side of the Tyne, Corbridge played a vital role in the Roman conquest of northern Britain. The fort dates from AD139, when the Emperor Antoninus Pius once more advanced the Roman frontier into Scotland.

Cragside - National Trust

Rothbury NE65 7PX

Lord and Lady Armstrong used their wealth, art and science in a most ingenious way, and Cragside house was the first in the world to be lit by hydroelectricity.

Dunstanburgh Castle - National Trust

Alnwick NE66 3TT

Built on the most magnificent scale, Dunstanburgh Castle stands on a remote headland. The castle was built at a time when relations between King Edward II and his most powerful baron, Earl Thomas of Lancaster, had become openly hostile. Lancaster began the fortress in 1313, and the latest archaeological research indicates that he built it on a far grander scale than was recognised, perhaps more as a symbol of his opposition to the king than as a military stronghold. The earl failed to reach Dunstanburgh when his rebellion was defeated, and was taken and executed in 1322.

Etal Castle - English Heritage

Etal TD12 4TN

In 1341 Robert Manners was granted a licence to fortify his home to protect against the threat of attack from Scottish raiders. In 1513, when an army of 30,000 Scots led by James IV invaded England, Etal Castle fell to the Scots but the invaders were defeated in the bloody battle which ensued on Flodden Hill. An award-winning exhibition tells the story of the Battle of Flodden and of the border warfare which existed here before the union of the English and Scottish crowns in 1603.

George Stephenson's Birthplace - National Trust

Street House
Wylam-on-Tyne NE41 8BP

Birthplace of the world-famous railway engineer: * Northumbria's smallest National Trust property * Furnished to reflect domestic living in 1781, the year Stevenson was born here * White stone miners cottage * Picturesque riverside path along the old Wylam Colliery wagon-way.

Hadrian's Wall & Housesteads Fort - National Trust

Haydon Bridge
Hexham NE47 6NN

Housesteads is the most complete example of a Roman fort in Britain, and one of the most popular sites on the Wall. Perched high on the exposed Whin Sill escarpment, it commands breathtaking views.

Heatherslaw Corn Mill

Heatherslaw Mill, Ford Forge
Cornhill-on-Tweed TD12 4TJ

On the banks of the River Till, this is the only working water-driven cornmill in Northumberland which continues a tradition that stretches back over 700 years on this site. The fully restored mill machinery still makes high quality, stoneground, wholemeal flour from wheat grown in the surrounding fields, and visitors can explore the building, watch the milling process from beginning to end and see our 21st century millers at work.

Hexham Moothall & Gallery

Hexham NE46 3NH

15th-century building with a gallery in the tunnel-vaulted basement. A variety of exhibitions mounted by local artists and crafts people.

Hexham Old Gaol

Old Gaol, Hallgate
Hexham NE46 1XD

The Old Gaol is the earliest documented purpose-built prison in England. It was built by order of the Archbishop of York 1330-33. Collections: Arms and armour from the C15th and C16th Items of local history (Tynedale) interest, photographs, documents and objects Border Library holds the Butler Collection, books, tapes and manuscript music relating to the culture of the Borders.

House of Correction

Tyne Green Road
Hexham NE46 3NH

Remains of Hexham House of Correction (1783-1865), including men's day and night cells, cell doors, barbed windows, displays on history.

Lady Waterford Hall

c/o The Estate Office, Ford Village
Berwick-upon-Tweed TD15 2QA

Lady Waterford Hall was commissioned in 1860 by Louisa Anne, Marchioness of Waterford, and owner of Ford Estate. The building served as a school until 1957 and in its heyday had as many as 134 local children on the register. As well as being a very generous lady who was concerned with the welfare of the estate workers and their children, Lady Waterford was also a keen amateur painter and spent 22 years decorating the interior of the Hall with Biblical scenes as a teaching aid for pupils.

Lindisfarne Castle - National Trust

Holy Island
Berwick-upon-Tweed TD15 2SH

Romantic 16th-century castle with spectacular views, transformed by Lutyens into an Edwardian holiday home. Dramatically perched on a rocky crag and accessible over a causeway at low tide only, the island castle presents an exciting and alluring aspect.

Lindisfarne Priory - English Heritage

Holy Island
Berwick Upon Tweed TD15 2RX

Originally home to the Lindisfarne Gospels and the site of grisly Viking attacks, a visit to Lindisfarne Priory is a great day out in Northumberland. Sitting offshore on Holy Island and reached by a causeway at low tide, the peaceful atmosphere and beautiful views from the priory make a visit here well worth the effort. Lindisfarne Priory was an important centre of early Christianity, and the home of St Cuthbert.

Norham Castle

Berwick-upon-Tweed TD15 2JY

Commanding a vital ford over the River Tweed, Norham was one of the strongest of the border castles, and the most often attacked by the Scots. Besieged at least 13 times - once for nearly a year by Robert Bruce - it was called 'the most dangerous and adventurous place in the country'. But even its powerful 12th century keep and massive towered bailey walls could not resist James IV's heavy cannon, and it fell to him in 1513, shortly before his defeat at Flodden. The extensive 16th century rebuilding which followed, adapting the fortress for its own artillery, is still clearly traceable.

Prudhoe Castle - English Heritage

Prudhoe NE42 6NA

On a wooded hillside overlooking the River Tyne stand the remains of this formidable castle. Archaeological evidence reveals that a defended enclosure existed on the site as early as the mid-11th century.

RNLI Grace Darling Museum

Radcliffe Road
Bamburgh NE69 7AE

The RNLI Grace Darling Museum was established by the RNLI in September 1938. It commemorates the life and times of Victorian heroine Grace Darling who, with her father, rescued 9 survivors from the shipwrecked SS Forfarshire in 1838.

Seaton Delaval Hall - National Trust

The Avenue Seaton Sluice
Whitley Bay NE26 4QR

The romantic and partly-ruined Seaton Delaval Hall was built between 1718 and 1731 by Sir John Vanbrugh, architect of Blenheim Palace and Castle Howard, and is one of the most important historic houses in Britain. The Hall, its gardens and grounds in south Northumberland, near the coastal town of Blyth, was acquired by the National Trust in December 2009 after a tremendous fundraising effort by the local community. We hold regular arts, heritage and community events as well as children's craft and outdoor activities.

Wallington - National Trust

Morpeth NE61 4AR

The Wallington estate was laid out in the 18th century by Sir Walter Blackett, helped by William Joyce, Thomas Wright and Lancelot 'Capability' Brown, who went to school in the estate village. Original formality underlies the 'natural' landscape in which walks offer a variety of lawns, shrubberies, lakes and woodland enlivened with buildings, sculpture and water features.

Warkworth Castle & Hermitage - English Heritage

Warkworth NE65 0UJ

The magnificent cross-shaped keep of Warkworth, crowning a hilltop rising steeply above the River Coquet, dominates one of the largest, strongest and most impressive fortresses in northern England.

Woodhorn Museum & Northumberland Archives

QE II Country Park
Ashington NE63 9YF

Woodhorn is a vibrant, exciting place to visit all year round with a great programme of activities and exhibitions for the whole family. Inspired by monster coal cutting machines once used deep underground, the stunning Cutter building and original listed colliery structures house fascinating, hands-on exhibitions and displays. Collections: The Pitmen Painters were a group of mostly miners from Northumberland who founded the Ashington Art Group in the 1930s and who took as their subject everyday life in their mining community. Woodhorn museum holds the main Ashington Group collection of their work.