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.

We have now switched to our summer opening hours, meaning that there is even more time for you to enjoy our properties and events on your visit. Please check opening times before you travel.

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  • We're welcoming adventurous families to Belsay Hall and Gardens for Wild Week.
  • Chesters Roman Fort will display a plethora of birds of prey linked to Roman history for Fantastic Falconry.
  • Join us at Housesteads Roman Fort for the Hadrian's Wall Festival.
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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

Medieval Monsters: St George's Weekend
Venue: Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens, Northumberland
Date: Sat 26 & Sun 27 Apr 2014

Join the medieval townsfolk, musicians and nobles as they celebrate St George’s day with mounted clashes and a pageant. See the mysterious knight himself, mounted in shiny armour.

St George The Roman
Venue: Chesters Roman Fort and Museum - Hadrian's Wall, Northumberland
Date: Sat 26 & Sun 27 Apr 2014

St George the Patron Saint of England, was a Roman, or so legend has it. The Roman returns to Chesters Roman Fort as we celebrate St George's Day with a mounted demonstration of Roman horsemanship.

Medieval May Day
Venue: Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens, Northumberland
Date: Sat 03 - Early May Bank Holiday Mon 05 May 2014

Join the medieval townsfolk as they celebrate May Day. Join the procession and dancing, see the plays and hear the songs.

Roman Soldiers Return!
Venue: Housesteads Roman Fort - Hadrian's Wall, Northumberland
Date: Sun 04 & Mon 05 May 2014

Roman Soldiers are returning to Housesteads Roman Fort! Make sure you're there to witness the return of the legendary soldiers as they defend their Empire once again.

The Wildman at Belsay - Curator Talk
Venue: Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens, Northumberland, Northumberland
Date: Mon 12 May

Join Collections Curator Kevin Booth for an in-depth look at the Wildman and Wildwoman of Belsay. Discuss the origins of Wildman and discover how the Middleton family of Belsay Estate used the images and symbols.

Ghost Stories After Dark (7pm)
Venue: Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens, Northumberland
Date: Fri 16 May 2014

Hear ghosts, ghouls and ghastly tales at Belsay Hall after nightfall with 'A Warning to the Curious' by M.R. James. James' stories were intended to be read aloud, and what better place to hear them than inside an empty historic country house after dark.

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