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