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Stately Homes & Gardens in Northumberland

Heritage sites also including country houses in Northumberland...

Northumberland Stately Homes, Country Houses & Gardens

blank tabWALLINGTON HOUSE & GARDENStately 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.
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Tel: 01670 773600
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blank tabPAXTON HOUSE & COUNTRY PARKStately 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.
Tel: 01289 386291    Fax: 01289 386660
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Cragside House, Gardens & Estate

Rothbury, Morpeth, NE65 7PX
Tel: 01669 620333/620150    Fax: 01669 620066

Cragside House Morpeth Photo © Richard Howell
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Extraordinary Victorian 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 Burn. 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 families.

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Station Bank, Mickley, nr Stocksfield, Northumberland, NE43 7DD
Tel: 01661 843276

River Tyne Photo © Tim Fish
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Cottage and farmhouse, the birthplace of Thomas Bewick. Thomas Bewick (1753-1828), Northumberland's greatest artist, wood-engraver and naturalist, was born in the cottage here.

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.

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George Stephenson's Birthplace

Wylam, Northumberland NE41 8BP
Tel: 01661 853457    Fax: 01661 843276

George Stephenson's Birthplace Photo © Ken Brown
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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.

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nr Rowlands Gill, Burnopfield, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE16 6BG
Tel: 01207 541820    Fax: 01207 541830

Monument at Gibside Photo © John Nicholson
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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 River Derwent.

There are several outstanding buildings, including a Palladian chapel, Column of Liberty, and others awaiting or undergoing restoration.

The estate is the former home of the Queen Mother's family, the Bowes-Lyons's from his original wood engravings.

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Washington Old Hall

The Avenue, Washington, Tyne and Wear, NE38 7LE
Tel: 0191 416 6879    Fax: 0191 419 2065    

Washington Old Hall Photo © Chris McLean
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Garden Washington Old Hall Photo © Chris McLean
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Manor house associated with the family of George Washington.

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 the Hall.

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.

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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 floor.

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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.

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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 5.00pm

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Longframlington & Gardens

Longframlington, Morpeth, NE65 8BE
Tel: 01665 570382     E-mail:

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.

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Kirkley Hall Gardens

Kirkley Hall, Ponteland NE20 0AQ
Tel: 01670 841200     E-mail:

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 access available.

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Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens

Belsay, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE20 0DX
Tel: 01661 881636     E-mail:

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.

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