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.