|WALLINGTON HOUSE & GARDEN||Stately Homes & Gardens|
|Wallington, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE61 4AR|
Discover Wallington, much loved home to generations of the unconventional Trevelyan family. Visit the impressive, yet friendly house, and explore the history of Northumberland in the huge pre-Raphaelite paintings around the remarkable Central Hall. Be inspired by the beautiful furniture, family paintings and treasured collections. The Trevelyans loved being outdoors and close to nature and the house is surrounded by an informal landscape of lawns, lakes, woodland, parkland and farmland, just waiting to be explored. There is even a beautiful walled garden hidden in the woods, a colourful haven of tranquillity in all seasons. There is so much to see and do at Wallington - relax, picnic or play in the grassy courtyard, look out for red squirrels at the wildlife hide, see the fascinating collection of dolls' houses, stretch your legs with a walk on the extensive estate or let off steam on the play train and platform. Facilities include two shops, cafe, garden kiosk, ice cream cart, adventure play area, play train and platform and wildlife hide. There is also a year-round events programme with fantastic themed events, walks, talks, wildlife events and hands-on activities. Visit our dedicated site for opening times. Photo: © National Trust Images/John Millar.
|PAXTON HOUSE & COUNTRY PARK||Stately Homes & Gardens|
|Paxton, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, TD15 1SZ|
Built for a dashing young Scottish laird, Patrick Home of Billie, in 1758 on a ridge overlooking the majestic River Tweed, Paxton House is one of the finest 18th century Palladian country houses in Britain.
The House boasts interiors by Robert Adam and the finest collections of furniture by Thomas Chippendale, to include the largest picture gallery in a Scottish Country House, Paxton now houses over 70 paintings from the National Galleries of Scotland.
With 12 period rooms to explore, over 80 acres of gardens, woodland and parkland and a mile of the breathtaking River Tweed for you to enjoy, together with the gift shops, Stables tea-room, adventure playground, picnic areas, changing exhibitions, and more, Paxton is simply not to be missed. Some areas are not accessible for wheelchair users.
Cragside House, Gardens &
Rothbury, Morpeth, NE65 7PX
Tel: 01669 620333/620150 Fax:
Cragside House Morpeth -
house - the wonder of its age - set in
dramatic and varied gardens.
The revolutionary home of Lord Armstrong,
Victorian inventor and landscape genius, is
perched on a rocky crag high above the Debdon
In the 1880s the house had hot and cold
running water, central heating, fire alarms
and telephones, and was the first house in the
world to be lit by electricity.
Even the variety and scale of Cragside's
gardens are incredible.
Surrounding the house on
all sides is one of the largest 'hand-made' rock
gardens in Europe. In the Pinetum below,
England's tallest Douglas Fir soars above other
woodland giants. Across the Valley, the Orchard
House still produces many varieties of fresh
fruit. Today Armstrong's amazing creation can be
explored on foot or by car and provides one of
the last shelters for the endangered red
squirrel. The lakeside walks, adventure play
area and labyrinth all appeal especially to
Station Bank, Mickley, nr Stocksfield,
Northumberland, NE43 7DD
Tel: 01661 843276
River Tyne -
Cottage and farmhouse, the birthplace of
Thomas Bewick. Thomas Bewick (1753-1828),
Northumberland's greatest artist,
wood-engraver and naturalist, was born in the
The nearby 19th-century farmhouse, the later
home of the Bewick family, houses an
exhibition on Bewick's life and work and a
small shop selling books, gifts and prints
from his original wood engravings.
Wood engraving and
printing demonstrations take place in the
adjoining barn. There are splendid views over
the Tyne valley. The south bank of the River
Tyne, where Bewick spent much of his childhood,
is a short walk away.
Wylam, Northumberland NE41 8BP
Tel: 01661 853457 Fax: 01661
George Stephenson's Birthplace -
Birthplace of the world
famous railway engineer.
This small stone tenement was built c.1760 to
accommodate mining families.
The furnishings reflect the year of
Stephenson's birth here (1781), his whole
family living in the one room.
nr Rowlands Gill, Burnopfield, Newcastle upon
Tyne, NE16 6BG
Tel: 01207 541820 Fax:
Monument at Gibside -
Large wooded riverside estate.
One of the North's finest landscapes, much of
which is SSSI, Gibside is a'forest garden'
currently under restoration, embracing many
miles of walks through woodland and beside the
There are several outstanding buildings,
including a Palladian chapel, Column of
Liberty, and others awaiting or undergoing
The estate is the former home of the Queen
Mother's family, the Bowes-Lyons's
from his original wood engravings.
Washington Old Hall
The Avenue, Washington, Tyne and Wear, NE38 7LE
Tel: 0191 416 6879 Fax: 0191
Washington Old Hall -
Garden Washington Old Hall -
Manor house associated with the family of
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.
There are displays on
George Washington, and the recent history of
There is also a fine collection of oil
paintings, delftware and heavily carved oak
furniture, giving an authentic impression of
gentry life following the turbulence of the
English Civil War.
The tranquil Jacobean garden leads to the
Nuttery, a wildflower nut orchard.
Bessie Surtees House
41-44 Sandhill, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and
Wear, NE1 3JF
Tel: 0191 269 1200
Two sixteenth- and seventeenth-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.
Exhibition about the two buildings on the first
Manderston House & Gardens
Manderston, Duns, Berwickshire TD11 3PP
Tel: 01361 882636
The House was created by John Kinross, who, when
he asked about the budget was told that money
was no object. This is probably why its home to
the the only silver staircase in the world,
amongst other lavish things. There are 56 acres
of garden which contain beautiful plant
arrangements, stables, tower and marble diary.
Inside the house there is Britain's first
privately owned biscuit tin museum and
impeccable Georgian furnishings. Tea is are
served to visitors and there is also a gift
shop. Open: Mid May - 31 September, Thursdays
and Sundays, 2pm to 5pm.
Lady Waterford Hall
Ford Village, Ford and Etal TD15 2TG
Tel: 01890 820503
The hall's walls are decorated by murals of well
know Bible scenes that were painted by Lady
Waterford between 1862 and 1883, using towns
folk from the local area as models. These unique
works of art can be viewed, together with others
by Lady Waterford and artefacts from the
mid-19th century. Open: Mid March - 31 October,
confirm your visit before travelling. 1.00am to
Longframlington & Gardens
Longframlington, Morpeth, NE65 8BE
Tel: 01665 570382
Designed in 1998, the 12 acre gardens seek to
inspire the individuals who walk through them.
There are many interesting features and views to
enjoy in the all year gardens. There is also an
arboretum, a wild flower meadow, a specialist
plant nursery and a coffee shop. They also run a
series of events throughout the year.
Kirkley Hall Gardens
Kirkley Hall, Ponteland NE20 0AQ
Tel: 01670 841200
A 19th century house and garden, the garden
having 9 acres of land used as a college garden.
It has terraces, a sunken garden, a walled
garden and a range of demonstration beds. All
the plants are labelled. Interesting for the
design, scenery and plant variety. Wheelchair
Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens
Belsay, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE20
Tel: 01661 881636
The cream of British fashion designers are
producing art installations taking their
inspiration from the architecture of the hall,
castle and wonderful gardens.
A medieval tower, a house like a Greek temple
and stunning gardens. The magnificent 30-acre
garden at Belsay Hall, listed Grade I in the
Register of Parks and Gardens, is largely the
work of two men. Sir Charles Monck created the
dramatic Quarry Garden: a series of ravines,
corridors and pinnacles. His grandson, Sir
Arthur Middleton, enriched it with all manner of
rare and exotic plants.