Museums

Where would you find one of the smallest museums in the country, a museum dedicated to bagpipes and a sheer legion of Roman museums but in Northumberland?


With its cornucopia of museums, history makes for a fun day out in the county. Marvel at fascinating and quirky displays paying tribute to and preserving Northumberland’s history. What’s more, many of them are free, like military museum Blyth Battery with its unique coastal defence buildings.


If you like your history bite-size, pop into the Ferryman’s Hut in Alnmouth. Reputedly the smallest museum in the country, see village photos, trinkets and memorabilia. One of the country’s most unusual museums is the Bagpipe Museum in Morpeth Chantry, a space given over to bagpipes with a Northumberland theme. Aviation enthusiasts should wing it to Bamburgh Castle’s Armstrong and Aviation Museum.  While award-winning Woodhorn celebrates Northumberland’s mining heritage.


Delve into Roman history at Hadrian’s Wall where alongside museums displaying astonishingly well preserved finds, there are ruins to discover and regular reenactments to join in.

Art lovers can head to the birthplace of Thomas Bewick at Cherryburn, the famous Northumberland artist who revolutionized print art in Georgian England.

Where would you find one of the smallest museums in the country, a museum dedicated to bagpipes and a sheer legion of Roman museums but in Northumberland?


With its cornucopia of museums, history makes for a fun day out in the county. Marvel at fascinating and quirky displays paying tribute to and preserving Northumberland’s history. What’s more, many of them are free, like military museum Blyth Battery with its unique coastal defence buildings.


If you like your history bite-size, pop into the Ferryman’s Hut in Alnmouth. Reputedly the smallest museum in the country, see village photos, trinkets and memorabilia. One of the country’s most unusual museums is the Bagpipe Museum in Morpeth Chantry, a space given over to bagpipes with a Northumberland theme. Aviation enthusiasts should wing it to Bamburgh Castle’s Armstrong and Aviation Museum.  While award-winning Woodhorn celebrates Northumberland’s mining heritage.


Delve into Roman history at Hadrian’s Wall where alongside museums displaying astonishingly well preserved finds, there are ruins to discover and regular reenactments to join in.

Art lovers can head to the birthplace of Thomas Bewick at Cherryburn, the famous Northumberland artist who revolutionized print art in Georgian England.

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Outside RNLI Grace Darling Museum
Museums and galleries
Bamburgh
A museum dedicated to Grace Darling and her family, as well as all those who Save Lives at Sea.
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Kielder Art
Art and Architecture
Kielder

Kielder Water & Forest Park has become the largest open air space in the UK to experience art and architecture, thanks to the award-winning Kielder Art and Architecture programme.

Barracks Entrance
Museums and galleries
Berwick-upon-Tweed

Berwick Barracks, among the first in England to be purpose-built, were begun in 1717 to the design of the distinguished architect Nicholas Hawksmoor. Today the Barracks houses three museums.

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Outside Kielder Salmon Centre
Nature and Wildlife
Kielder
Kielder Salmon Centre, open April to October, is operated by the Environment Agency. A modern visitor centre with touch screen and video displays describing the life cycle of the Atlantic Salmon, and an outdoor artwork.
Gallery 1
Museums and galleries
Haltwhistle

Lying in magnificent countryside next to a sweeping section of Hadrian's Wall and based at the site of Carvoran Roman Fort, the Roman Army Museum is an authentic and dramatic tribute to Rome’s extraordinary military legacy. Step into the life of a Roman soldier and experience life on the front line of Emperor Hadrian’s formidable British frontier. Explored through reconstructions, objects excavated along Hadrian's Wall and the Vindolanda Trust’s inspiring interpretations of army life including the exclusive 3D Edge of Empire film, the museum pays unforgettable homage to Rome's military accomplishments in Britain.

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Museum Front
Museums and galleries
Haltwhistle

Watch and clock museum, gift shop and repair specialist. The museum is based around the local children's stories of Mr George the clock man. Includes a large collection of mechanical watches and clocks through the ages plus tools and parts. Children's activities throughout.

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Gift shop stocking novelty toys, restored antique clocks and more.

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Heritage Centre at Bellingham
Museums and galleries
Bellingham

A unique exhibition reflecting the history and traditions of the North Tyne Valley and Redesdale, including Border Counties Railway, Border Reivers, farming, photography and mining, along with the New Carriages exhibition space and tea rooms

Train
Museums and galleries
Alnwick

The Aln Valley Railway (AVR) aims to rebuild the branch line first opened in 1850 linking Alnmouth station to the historic town of Alnwick.

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Outside Tower Knowe Visitor Centre
Museums and galleries
Kielder

Tower Knowe will be re-opening on the 29th March time  10 - 4pm. Tower Knowe, the gateway centre to Kielder Water & Forest Park, is an ideal location to orientate yourself and find out what you can do and where. Interactive exhibition, Cafe on the water, gift shop, ferry rides around the lake and fishing.

Inside Warkworth Hermitage
Historic sites
Warkworth
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.
Flodden Battlefield Memorial
Historic sites
Cornhill-on-Tweed

Walk the footsteps of the soldiers who fought on the Flodden Battle field nearly 500 years ago. It is hard to conceive today of the carnage that took place there on the 9th September 1513, when surveying the rolling hills.

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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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Hexham Old Gaol
Museums and galleries
Hexham

Tour the Old Gaol, 1330AD, by glass lift. Meet the gaoler, see a Reiver raid and try on costumes.

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View from Bath House
Historic sites
Bardon Mill

Visit Roman Vindolanda today and you will find one of the North East’s most famous and not to be missed tourist attractions lying in the beautiful landscape of Hadrian's Wall Country. Formerly a key military post on the northern frontier of Britain, Vindolanda is the home of Britain's 'Top Treasure' - the Vindolanda Writing Tablets - and is one Europe's most important Roman archaeological sites, with live excavations taking place every year.

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Welcome to Woodhorn Museum
Museums and galleries
Ashington

From coal mining communities to contemporary art: discover a proud past, The Pitmen Painters and the best in art and heritage at Northumberland's biggest museum.

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Outside Newbiggin Maritime Centre
Museums and galleries
Newbiggin-by-the-Sea

Newbiggin Maritime Centre, the newest attraction on the beautiful Northumberland coastline, offers a unique experience for visitors.

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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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Dunstanburgh Castle Summer Evening
Arts & Crafts Shop
Ponteland

Alan Reed specialises in landscapes, cityscapes, portraits, sport and figurative work. Paintings and prints of Northumberland can be seen in his Studio & Gallery.

Painting Classes in Watercolour at Ponteland Memorial Hall Starting July 2014

Painting Holidays in luxury Villa September 2014 and May 2015 in Italy

Exterior
Historic sites
Bamburgh

A spectacular castle with fantastic coastal views. The stunning Kings Hall and Keep house collections of armour, artwork, porcelain and furniture.

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Outside Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museum
Museums and galleries
Morpeth
Set in a 13thC church building, this unusual museum specialises in the history and development of Northumbrian small pipes and their music.
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Chesters Roman Fort - Hadrians Wall
Historic sites
Chollerford

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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Inside Berwick-upon-Tweed Museum and Art Gallery
Museums and galleries
Berwick-upon-Tweed

The museum is housed in the historic Berwick Barracks and contains historical town artefacts and part of Sir William Burrel's art collection.

Alnwick Castle
Historic sites
Alnwick

Alnwick Castle is the second largest inhabited castle in the UK; home to the Percy family for over 700 years and film location for Downton Abbey and Harry Potter's Hogwarts.

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Allendale Forge Studios
Museums and galleries
Allendale Town

The Forge has 12 working studios, cafe, art gallery and gallery shop that offers both traditional and contemporary arts and crafts from Northumberland, all situated in the newly built Art Centre on the old 17th century site of the village Forge. Free entry, all accessible over two floors and free all day parking right outside.

Scene inside Regimental Museum Kings Own Scottish Borderers
Museums and galleries
Berwick-upon-Tweed

The King's Own Scottish Borderers regimental museum with uniforms, medals, silver and weapons telling the story of the regiment from 1689 until the present day.

Welcome to Bailiffgate Museum
Museums and galleries
Alnwick

Bailiffgate Museum brings to life the people and places of North Northumberland in exciting interactive style. Art and history-based exhibitions are staged in the gallery.

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Moothall and Gallery
Museums and galleries
Hexham
Fifteenth-century building with a gallery in the tunnel-vaulted basement. A variety of exhibitions mounted by local artists and crafts people.
Outside Gymnasium Gallery
Museums and galleries
Berwick-upon-Tweed

Contemporary art gallery with a programme of events by Berwick Visual Arts.

Inside Wylam Railway Museum
Museums and galleries
Wylam
Displays show importance of Wylam in the history of railway development and the work of famous local railway pioneers George Stephenson, Timothy Hackworth and William Hedley.

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