Days Out in the North East

Belsay Hall and Gardens

From the Hadrian's Wall World Heritage Site and stunning coastal castles to spiritual priories, grand gardens and intriguing hidden gems, English Heritage in North East England can offer so many great places to visit for a day out.

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Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens
Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens

Northumberland

With so much to see and do, a trip to Belsay is one of the best value family days out in north-east England. Explore the medieval castle, the Grecian inspired Hall and acres of impressive gardens.

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Lindisfarne Priory
Lindisfarne Priory

Northumberland

Lindisfarne Priory sits on Holy Island and is a great family day out in Northumberland. Reached by causeway at low tide, the peaceful atmosphere and beautiful views make a visit well worth the effort.

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Warkworth Castle and Hermitage
Warkworth Castle and Hermitage

Northumberland

If you are planning a fun family day out in Northumberland then look no further than Warkworth Castle with its magnificent cross-shaped keep crowning a hilltop above the River Coquet.

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Tynemouth Priory and Castle
Tynemouth Priory and Castle

Tyne and Wear

With its 2000 year history and beautiful views, Tynemouth Castle and Priory is perfect for a family fun day out. Once one of the largest fortified areas in England, it is on the North East coast.

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Housesteads Roman Fort - Hadrian's Wall
Housesteads Roman Fort - Hadrian's Wall

Northumberland

A fascinating tourist attraction in North East England, Housesteads is the most complete Roman fort in Britain. Set where Hadrian's Wall climbs to the top of a dramatic escarpment.

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Chesters Roman Fort and Museum - Hadrian's Wall
Chesters Roman Fort and Museum - Hadrian's Wall

Northumberland

Built almost 2000 years ago to house a Roman army garrison guarding the nearby bridge across the River Tyne, Chesters Roman Fort is one of the most impressive visitor attractions in the North East.

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Events : North East

Beer Sampling
Venue: Corbridge Roman Town, Northumberland
Date: Sat 29 Nov - Sun 21 Dec 2014

In the build up to the festive season, we'll be offering visitors free tastings of Beer.

A Christmas Carol and Father Christmas Send Off
Venue: Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens, Northumberland
Date: Sat 20 & Sun 21 Dec 2014

This Dickens’ classic is brought to life at Belsay Hall. Plus, children can gather in our hall to give Father Christmas the send off he deserves!

Ghost Stories for Christmas - Dickens' Feast of Festive Frighteners
Venue: Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens, Northumberland
Date: Sat 20 Dec 2014

Dickens’ ghost stories are always a treat at Christmas. Gather in Belsay's library and hear a series of Victorian inspired ghost stories in this unique storytelling event for adults.

Saturnalia, a Roman Christmas Festival
Venue: Corbridge Roman Town, Northumberland
Date: Sat 20 Dec 2014

Roman Collections Curator, Frances McIntosh talks about Saturnalia, the festivity which involved Lords becoming Slaves and Slaves becoming Lords!

Victorian Christmas Songs
Venue: Belsay Hall, Castle & Gardens, Northumberland
Date: Sat 27 & Sun 28 Dec 2014

Join the team at Belsay for a jolly Christmas sing-a-long in the library. Musicians will perform at various intervals throughout the day. Enjoy some tasty treats in our Victorian Tearoom afterwards.

The Story Behind John Clayton
Venue: Chesters Roman Fort, Northumberland
Date: Mon 26 Jan

125 years after John Clayton passed away, join Hadrian's Wall Curator Frances McIntosh to find out why he is hailed as 'the saviour of Hadrian's Wall'.

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