English Heritage sites

Northumberland has some of the most iconic historic sites in the country, including internationally renowned places like the Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site and Lindisfarne Priory on Holy Island, the spiritual home of the Lindisfarne Gospels.

English Heritage has some of the most impressive and captivating historic sites across the county, as well as an action-packed programme of events sweeping you closer to the history and heritage of whichever site or property you choose to visit. Look out for half term and holiday events throughout the year for children to enjoy.

Visit the furthest reaches of the Roman Empire at some of the best-preserved sites on Hadrian’s Wall like Chesters Roman Fort, Housesteads Roman Fort, Corbridge Roman Town and Birdoswald Roman Fort. Find inner peace at the tranquil setting of Lindisfarne Priory. Go castle spotting at Warkworth or Dunstanburgh. Or just enjoy Belsay Hall, Castle & Gardens with its magnificent Greek inspired hall, exotic gardens and Medieval castle.

English Heritage membership paves the way to days out to enjoy at over 400 historic sites in England for free as well as free or discounted entry to hundreds of events throughout the year.

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Castle and Keep
Historic sites

Set in a quaint Northumberland town, this hill-top fortress and hermitage offers a fantastic family day out.

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Outside Lindisfarne Priory
Historic sites
Holy Island

Experience the serenity of Lindisfarne Priory, cut off from the world on the beautiful Holy Island. Take in panoramic views of the Northumbrian coast, unpack a picnic in the priory grounds, and take a break from the hustle and bustle of life.

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Chesters Roman Fort - Hadrians Wall
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Chesters is the place to relax on Hadrian's Wall, mainly because it is home to one of the best preserved Roman bathhouses in Britain. The tranquil riverside fot is a popular spot for families. Children love crawling through and exploring the nooks and crannies of the bathhouse.

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Temple of Mithras
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A fascinating 3rd-century temple near Carrawburgh fort, dedicated to the god beloved by Roman soldiers.

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Welcome to Belsay Hall Castle and Gardens
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With so much to see and do, a trip to Belsay is one of the best value family days out in North East England. Stunning gardens, beautiful architecture and magnificent views all in one

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Outside Prudhoe Castle
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Prudhoe Castle stands in a picturesque location, on a wooded hillside overlooking the River Tyne.

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Outside Brinkburn Priory
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Founded in 1135 for canons of the Augustinian order, Brinkburn was restored in the 19th century and now survives in its entirety as Northumberland's finest example of early Gothic architecture.

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Outside Dunstanburgh Castle
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The ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle tower over the Northumberland coastal line. It is an ideal family day out with a picnic area, fantastic views, and it is not far from the Scottish Borders.

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Inside Warkworth Hermitage
Historic sites
The hermitage is cut into the rock of the river cliff, hidden away underneath the wooded bank, a short walk upstream from the castle. Half a mile from Warkworth Castle, tucked away by the Coquet and accessible only by boat.
Birdoswald section of the wall
Historic sites

Built in one of the most picturesque places in Cumbria, Birdoswald is where you can see the longest continuous stretch of Hadrian's Wall.

Etal Castle - Etal Village
Historic sites

A 14thC castle in picturesque surroundings, steeped in the history of border warfare.

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Aerial photo of Aydon Castle
Historic sites
A beautiful 13thC manor house with strong fortifications against Scottish raiders, Aydon Castle stands in a secluded woodland setting.
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Corbridge Roman Town
Historic sites

Corbridge was initially the site of a series of important forts. But after Hadrian's Wall was fully commissioned it developed into a prosperous town, a tempting leave-centre for off-duty Wall garrisons.

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Housesteads Roman Fort
Historic sites
Haydon Bridge

The most complete example of a British Roman fort, Housesteads features magnificent ruins and stunning views of the countryside surrounding Hadrian's Wall.

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Remains of Edlingham Castle
Historic sites
The riverside ruins, principally the solar tower, of a manor house progressively fortified against the Scots during the 14th century.
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Cawfields Roman Wall and Milecastle
Historic sites
A dramatic section of wall with turrets and an impressive milecastle.
Historic sites
Fine stretch of 280yds of wall with circular chambers and medieval kiln near west end.
Black Carts Turret
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Haydon Bridge
A 460-metre (1,509 feet) length of Hadrian’s Wall including one turret. Please note: It is not possible for visitors to park here.
Brunton Turret
Historic sites
One of the best preserved turrets on the line of Hadrian's Wall, with a stretch of wall 70yards long, Brunton Turret was built by men of the Twentieth Legion.
Outside Black Middens Bastle House
Historic sites
A fortified farmhouse with thick stone walls, of a type distinctive to the troubled 16thC Anglo-Scottish borders.
View of Planetrees Roman Wall
Historic sites
A 15-metre (49 feet) length of later narrow Wall on earlier broad foundations, marking the junction between the two wall types.
Whinshields Roman Wall
Historic sites
Bardon Mill
This 350 yard stretch of Wall includes the highest point on Hadrian's Wall and enjoys spectacular views of rugged country.
Sewingshields Wall
Historic sites
Haydon Bridge
A length of Wall with milecastle remains, impressively sited along the Whin Sill, commanding fine views of many prehistoric and later earthworks to the north.
Walltown Crags Wall and Turret
Historic sites
400 yards of wall. One of the best places of all to see the Wall, dramatically showing the crags of the whin sill.

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