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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Chesters Roman Fort - Hadrians Wall
Historic sites
Chollerford

The best preserved example of a Roman cavalry fort in Britain, explore extensive remains and a fine on-site museum.

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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.
Welcome to Woodhorn Museum
Museums and galleries
Ashington

Woodhorn celebrates Northumberland. Stunning new architecture and listed colliery buildings house fascinating displays, galleries, interactives and amazing archival treasures. See paintings by the famous Pitmen Painters here too.

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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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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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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.

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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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.
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 on Haltwhistle main street centred around the local children's stories of Mr George the clock man written by Diana Bell.

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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

Welcome to Alnwick Castle
Historic sites
Alnwick

From stunning art collections to Potter-inspired magic - a visit to Alnwick Castle fires the imagination.

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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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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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Dunstanburgh Castle Summer Evening
Arts & Crafts Shop
Ponteland

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

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 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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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.

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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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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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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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.
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.
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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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.

Outside Gymnasium Gallery
Museums and galleries
Berwick-upon-Tweed

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

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