Arbeia Roman Fort & Museum

Arbeia Roman Fort and Museum, Baring Street
South Shields NE33 2BB

Four miles east of the end of Hadrian's Wall at South Shields, Arbeia Roman Fort played an essential role in the mighty frontier system. Originally built to house a garrison, Arbeia soon became the military supply base for the 17 forts along the Wall.

Bede's World

Church Bank
Jarrow NE32 3DY

Bede's World celebrates the extraordinary life and achievements of the Venerable Bede (AD 673 - 735) who lived and worked here in the monastery 1300 years ago. Visit: - Interactive permanent exhibition 'The Age of Bede' in the stunning new museum building - Historic site of the Anglo-Saxon monastery of St Paul and medieval monastery ruins - Rare breeds of animals, recreated Anglo-Saxon timber buildings and ancient varieties of crops and vegetables on Gyrwe, the Anglo-Saxon demonstration farm - Herb garden, based on Anglo-Saxon and medieval herbs, and laid out partly to a 9th century plan.

Bessie Surtees House

41-44 Sandhill, Newcastle
Newcastle & Gateshead NE1 3JF

Two 16th- and 17th-century merchants' houses, one of which is a rare example of Jacobean domestic architecture. The house is perhaps best known as the scene of the elopement of Bessie Surtees and John Scott, who, in 1771, became Lord Chancellor of England.


Friars Street
Newcastle-upon-Tyne NE1 4XN

With its origins dating back to 1239 and a long and turbulent history that included a spell as a hostel to accommodate King Henry III, Blackfriars confidently lays claim to be the oldest dining room in the UK..

Bowes Railway Centre

Springwell Village
Newcastle & Gateshead NE9 7QJ

The only place in the world where rope haulage can be seen on a standard gauge railway system, Bowes Railway is a preserved colliery railway. On operating days, steam train rides are given to the hauler house for rope haulage demonstrations, but the fine examples of Victorian workshops and machinery can be seen during the week for free.

Castle Keep

Castle Garth
Newcastle & Gateshead NE1 1RQ

The castle Keep of Newcastle-upon-Tyne was built by Henry II between 1168-1178, it is one of the finest surviving examples of a Norman Keep in the country. It stands within a site that also contains: an early motte and bailey castle built by Robert Curthose, the son of William the Conqueror: an Anglo-Saxon cemetery and a Roman Fort (Pons Aelius). The castle Keep is a Grade 1 listed building, a Scheduled Ancient monument, and is open to the public 361 days of the year as a heritage visitor attraction. Owned by Newcastle City Council it is leased to and managed by the society of Antiquaries of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, the second oldest antiquarian society in the world.

Cathedral Church of St Nicholas

St Nicholas Churchyard
Newcastle & Gateshead NE1 1PF

The Cathedral Church of St Nicholas, Newcastle-upon- Tyne, is not like other northern cathedrals such as Durham and Carlisle.

Fulwell Windmill

Newcastle Road, Fulwell
Sunderland SR5 1EX

Fulwell Windmill started to appear on the Sunderland skyline in 1806 and became the familiar landmark we know today when it opened in 1808. 200 years on, the Mill is still the famous landmark it was and continues to be one of Sunderland's most treasured heritage sites.

Gibside - National Trust

nr Rowlands Gill, Burnopfield
Newcastle-upon-Tyne NE16 6BG

An 18th century landscape 'forest' garden once home to the Bowes-Lyons family. Now, owned and managed by the National Trust, Gibside is a magnificent 600 acre estate for you to venture, exploring our woodlands, riverside and parkland to discover some of our rare and beautiful wildlife.

Mining Institute

Neville Hall, Westgate Road
Newcastle-upon-Tyne NE1 1SE

The Mining Institute, a registered charity, is situated in the heart of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and is housed in Neville Hall, a Grade II* listed building. Outstanding gothic library richly decorated.

National Glass Centre

Liberty Way
Sunderland SR6 0GL

National Glass Centre at the University of Sunderland is a cultural attraction and venue with a difference. With glass at the heart of everything they do, they celebrate Sunderland's glass making heritage and explore the creative potential of this extraordinary material. Discover the origins, growth and legacy of glass making in Sunderland with their permanent exhibition, Stories of Glass in Sunderland.

Segedunum Roman Fort, Baths & Museum

Buddle Street
Wallsend NE28 6HR

In AD122 the Emperor Hadrian ordered a mighty frontier system to be built across Britain to defend the Roman Empire from the barbarians to the North. The result was Hadrian's Wall, a 73 mile barrier stretching from the River Tyne in the east to the Solway Firth in the west. Segedunum, which means 'strong Fort', was built to guard the eastern end of the Wall, and housed 600 Roman soldiers. Collections: The Roman collections at Segedunum relate to the more recent excavations of the 1970s, 80s and 90s, and are constantly being augmented by fresh archaeological fieldwork in the Wallsend area. Their particular significance lies in the fact that they represent a comparatively comprehensive span of both the 300 year occupation of the site, and of the assorted structures within it.

Souter Lighthouse & The Leas - National Trust

Coast Road, Whitburn
Sunderland SR6 7NH

Opened in 1871 Souter remains an iconic beacon. Hooped in red and white and standing proud on the coastline midway between the Tyne and the Wear.

St Mary's Heritage Centre

St Mary's Church, Oakwellgate
Gateshead NE8 2AU

St Mary's Church, which sits high above the River Tyne close to The Sage Gateshead, reopened on the 16th December 2008 following a ??1.2m transformation, funded by Gateshead Council, the European Regional Development fund and the heritage lottery fund, into Tyneside's newest visitor attraction. The interior of the Grade 1-listed church has been completely stripped out to return it as far as possible to its former state, and is now open to the public with a programme of exhibitions and activities including a new family history section focusing on the church and the nearby area.

Stephenson Railway Museum

Middle Engine Lane
North Shields NE29 8DX

Re-live the glorious days of the steam railway at the Stephenson Railway Museum in North Shields. The museum is home to George Stephenson's 'Billy', a forerunner of the world-famous Rocket, and many other engines from the great age of steam including 'Jackie Milburn', named after the Newcastle United legend. Rides on a real steam train can be taken and the story of coal and electricity's impact on ordinary people's lives can be discovered.

Stephenson Works

20 South St,
Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3PE

In 1823 George and Robert Stephenson, along with three partners, opened the world's first purpose built locomotive works on Forth Banks, Newcastle upon Tyne. Part of these historic works has been rescued from near dereliction.

Tanfield Railway - The World's Oldest Railway

Marley Hill Engine Shed, Old Marley Hill
Gateshead NE16 5ET

Step aboard the world famous Tanfield Railway, a great day out for all the family. Join us for an unforgettable journey on a vintage steam train with unique Victorian carriages and lovingly restored locomotives, for a six mile round trip through beautiful rolling countryside and a spectacular wooded valley.

Trinity House

Broad Chare
Newcastle & Gateshead NE1 3DQ

Trinity House, Newcastle, is a maritime organisation, dedicated to safe navigation and welfare of seamen. Established in 1492, the organisation was granted a Royal Charter of Incorporation in 1536 by King Henry VIII and has operated by Royal Charter ever since. The house also maintains the buildings and preserves the heritage and ancient traditions of this unique organisation. The buildings forming the Trinity House complex include the private Brethrens Chapel, 1505; the entrance hall, 1800; the Banqueting Hall and Board Room, 1721.

Tynemouth Priory & Castle - English Heritage

Pier Road
Tynemouth NE30 4BZ

Once a monastery and a burial place of kings and saints Tynemouth Priory and Castle is an inspiring day out sure to capture the kids' imaginations. Explore the ruins, find tranquillity in the tiny chapel, take in the beautiful coastal views and enjoy a picnic in the grounds.

Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade Watch House

Spanish Battery
Tynemouth NE30 4DD

The Brigade Watch House Museum is packed full of fascinating and unique artefacts of the Brigade's history, including the ship's bell from one of the shipwrecks that led to the creation of the Brigade in 1864. Furthermore behind every picture and relic is a captivating story about how it links into both the Brigade's past and present role as a Voluntary Life Brigade on the North Tyneside Coastline.

Victoria Tunnel

Arch 6, Stepney Bank
Ouseburn Valley NE1 2NP

The Victoria Tunnel is a fully preserved 19th century waggonway under the city from the Town Moor to the Tyne, to transport coal from Spital Tongues (Leazes Main) Colliery to the river and operated between 1842 and the 1860s. The tunnel was converted into an air raid shelter to protect Newcastle citizens during World War 2. The tunnel was carefully repaired and opened for guided tours with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and TyneWear Partnership. Since 2010 the Ouseburn Trust has operated guided tours with fully trained volunteer guides.

Victoria Tunnel Education Project

Newcastle & Gateshead NE1 1BR

Welcome to the Victoria Tunnel Education Project. 766 yards (700m) of this old underground waggonway has been newly restored and includes audio-visual effects and 'Rainbow Code' - an exciting, interactive artwork. Part of the Victoria Tunnel, including the audio-visual displays, is wheelchair accessible and we are able to arrange tours to suit your access requirements. Tours are limited to 10 people so booking is essential. Please contact us for our current programme of public tours and a booking enquiries form.

Washington Old Hall - National Trust

The Avenue
Washington NE38 7LE

Washington Old Hall is a delightful stone-built 17th-century manor house, which incorporates parts of the original medieval home of George Washington's direct ancestors. It is from here that the family surname of Washington was derived.