History & heritage

History all around!

History all around!

Tour the north east's romantic castles and imagine what life would have been like in days gone by.

Alnwick Castle

Alnwick Castle

One of the largest and most iconic inhabited castles in England, Alnwick Castle has witnessed battles, rebellions, tragedy and romance, and has been home to a variety of interesting people – from Harry Hotspur to Harry Potter.

Arbeia Roman Fort

Arbeia Roman Fort

Standing above the entrance to the River Tyne, Arbeia Roman Fort guarded the main sea route to Hadrian’s Wall. Step into the Fort and immerse yourself in the world of the Romans right in the heart of South Shields.

Beamish Museum

Beamish Museum

Beamish Museum is a world famous open air museum set in 300 acres of beautiful Durham countryside. The living and working museum tells the story of life in North East England during the 1820s, 1900s and the 1940s.

Birdoswald Roman Fort

Birdoswald Roman Fort

Take in dramatic views and see the longest stretch of Hadrian’s Wall, at Birdoswald Roman Fort. Known as ‘Banna’ and garrisoned by Roman auxiliary soldiers, it has the best preserved defences of any major fort along the Wall.

Chesters Roman Fort

Chesters Roman Fort

Discover the most complete Roman cavalry fort in Britain at Chesters Roman Fort with a myriad of unique Roman finds on display, and the chance to learn about the man who saved the Wall from destruction.

Corbridge Roman Town

Corbridge Roman Town

Not all the sites on Hadrian’s Wall were heavily-guarded fortresses, Corbridge was once a bustling town and supply base. Today at the town you can still walk through the town’s streets and experience a time-capsule of Roman life.

Cragside House & Gardens

Cragside

Cragside House & Gardens is a truly unique visitor attraction in the heart of Northumberland, here you can discover the first house in the world to be lit by hydroelectricity and crammed full of ingenious gadgets.

Discovery Museum

Discovery Museum

Immerse yourself in the history of Newcastle and Tyneside told through permanent displays and temporary exhibitions over three floors focusing on the area’s maritime, scientific and technological importance to Britain.

Durham Cathedral

Durham Cathedral

Durham Cathedral is a place of worship, welcome and hospitality. It forms part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site and features breathtaking Romanesque architecture. Guided tours and self-guided tour leaflets are available.

Gibside

Gibside

Gibside offers miles of woodland and riverside walks with views across the Derwent Valley. Bring the family to explore the architectural gem that is the chapel, spot wildlife and take part in outdoor adventure activities.

Great North Museum: Hancock

Great North Museum

Discover a life-size T-Rex dinosaur replica skeleton, an interactive model of Hadrian’s Wall, displays of the animal kingdom, objects from the Ancient Greeks and mummies from Ancient Egypt, a life size elephant and a planetarium.

Hexham Abbey

Hexham Abbey

Dating back to 674 AD, Hexham Abbey offers you a unique visitor experience. Your free entry includes open access to a host of treasures in the Abbey, plus the new interactive exhibition and visitor centre.

Housesteads Roman Fort

Housesteads Roman Fort

Explore the most complete, visible example of a Roman fort anywhere in Britain, discover objects of Roman life in the museum and venture out along the Housesteads Trail to experience some of the most tranquil parts of the National Park.

Hylton Castle

Hylton Castle

Hylton Castle was built by Sir William Hylton in about 1400, the last Hylton died in 1746 and a century later it was bought by a local man, William Briggs. Today the castle is free for visitors and is open everyday.

Killhope

Killhope

Killhope is a fully restored 19th century Victorian lead mining site where you can experience the life of the mining families of the Pennine dales. Visit the working waterwheel and underground then warm up in the café afterwards.

Newcastle Castle

Newcastle Castle

Newcastle Castle is the medieval heart of the city. Shrouded in mystery, these two buildings are just waiting to be explored. New exhibits allow visitors to experience what life would have been like for the inhabitants.

Old Low Light

Old Low Light

The Old Low Light is the north east’s latest heritage centre, exploring the story of North Shields’ maritime history and the courageous communities for whom the river and sea has been an essential lifeline.

Raby Castle

Raby Castle

Raby Castle is one of the best-preserved castles in the North East, with examples of fine architecture spanning the Medieval, Victorian, Georgian and Regency periods, providing a magnificent backdrop for the art collection.

RNLI Grace Darling Museum

RNLI

The RNLI Grace Darling Museum commemorates the life of Victorian Britain’s greatest heroine and the story of the wreck of the steamship SS Forfarshire on 7 September 1838. A model of the Longstone Lighthouse is on offer too.

Roman Vindolanda Fort & Museum

Vindolanda

Roman Vindolanda Fort & Museum is situated amongst some of the best preserved sections of Hadrians’s Wall. The fort and museum offers visitors a unique look at the past with stunning displays and with annual live excavations.

Segedunum Roman Fort

Segedunum

Segedunum Roman Fort stood on the banks of the River Tyne for 300 years and was the last outpost of Hadrian’s Wall. The excavations and interactive museum provides a gateway to the world-famous heritage site.

Souter Lighthouse

Souter Lighthouse

Souter Lighthouse is a lighthouse located in South Shields. Souter was the first lighthouse in the world to be actually designed and built specifically to use alternating electric current, the most advanced lighthouse of its day.

South Shields Museum & Art Gallery

South Shields Museum and Art Gallery

South Shields Museum & Art Gallery tells the story of the borough’s social, industrial and maritime history from 4,000 years ago to the present day through a range of displays, exhibitions and works of art.

South Tynedale Railway

South Tynedale Railway

At South Tynedale Railway you can ride on the north of England’s highest narrow gauge railway winding from Alston into the beautiful South Tyne Valley. It’s a great family day out, pay once and ride all day!

St Mary’s Heritage Centre

St Mary's Heritage Centre

Celebrating 900 years of Gateshead’s history, St Mary’s Heritage Centre gives visitors the chance to explore local history and family history with a range of exhibitions, resources and activities for all the family.

Stephenson Railway Museum

Stephenson Railway Museum

Re-live the glorious days of the steam railway at Stephenson Railway Museum, George and Robert Stephenson spent 20 years developing their pioneering ideas which helped spread railways around the world.

Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens

Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens

Visit the Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens discover the history of the city from its prehistoric past to the present day. The stunning Winter Gardens showcases the world’s spectacular natural beauty.

Tanfield Railway

Tanfield Railway

The Tanfield Railway is the world’s oldest railway and is a wonderful day out for all the family whatever the weather. Just sit back and enjoy the beautiful scenery as steam drifts past your vintage carriage.

Tynemouth Castle and Priory

ynemouth Castle and Priory

Tynemouth Castle and Priory was once one of the largest fortified areas in England. Overlooking the North Sea and the River Tyne, its 2000 year history and beautiful views makes it the perfect location for a family day out.