Indoor Attractions

Whatever the weather, Northumberland has more than its fair share of things to do indoors.

Indulge in some retail therapy in refreshingly different shops in market towns each with their own character and style. Browse the bookshelves of Barter Books, one of Britain’s largest second hand and antiquarian bookshops, or wander around the collection of individual shops, arts and crafts workshops at Kirkharle Courtyard, the birthplace of Lancelot 'Capability' Brown, arguably Britain's most famous landscape architect.

There are stately homes and museums that are anything but stuffy to look around, or make for a leisure centre where the kids can have a splashing good time. Pay a visit to one of Northumberland’s many castles or go on a foodie adventure.  Watch the workings of the county’s only working watermill at Heatherslaw Corn Mill on the Ford and Etal estate or see some of the 16 different farmhouse cheeses being made at Northumberland Cheese Company’s Blagdon Estate.

Whatever the weather, Northumberland has more than its fair share of things to do indoors.

Indulge in some retail therapy in refreshingly different shops in market towns each with their own character and style. Browse the bookshelves of Barter Books, one of Britain’s largest second hand and antiquarian bookshops, or wander around the collection of individual shops, arts and crafts workshops at Kirkharle Courtyard, the birthplace of Lancelot 'Capability' Brown, arguably Britain's most famous landscape architect.

There are stately homes and museums that are anything but stuffy to look around, or make for a leisure centre where the kids can have a splashing good time. Pay a visit to one of Northumberland’s many castles or go on a foodie adventure.  Watch the workings of the county’s only working watermill at Heatherslaw Corn Mill on the Ford and Etal estate or see some of the 16 different farmhouse cheeses being made at Northumberland Cheese Company’s Blagdon Estate.

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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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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

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.

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating:TripadvisorBased on 205 reviews
Climbing Wall
Sport and Leisure
Alnwick
Sports and Leisure Centre providing a vast range of sporting and leisure activities such as swimming, indoor sports, fitness and bouldering facilities.
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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Outside Wentworth Leisure Centre
Sport and Leisure
Hexham
Wentworth Leisure Centre is located in the centre of Hexham. The centre boasts a new, multi-million pound swimming pool and fitness gym. New for 2011, Wentworth Bowl offers a new activity in which people of all ages participate.
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.

Kirkharle Restaurant & Coffee shop
Cafes & Tearooms
Kirkharle

Kirkharle Lake and Courtyard is home to an historic farm courtyard, Coffee-houseand range of unique arts and crafts workshops, individual shops and galleries.

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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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Outside Prudhoe Waterworld
Sport and Leisure
Prudhoe
Leisure pool incorporating wave machine, 40m aqua slide, spa pool and other water features, fitness gym, fitness studio, soft play area, creche and bowling green.
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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Animals at Whitehouse Farm Centre
Nature and Wildlife
Morpeth

Whitehouse Farm is the all-weather fun attraction with soft play, restaurant, outdoor play areas, tractor-trailer rides and lots of animals to feed, hold and stroke.

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Mill Garden
Cafes & Tearooms
Otterburn
Welcome to Otterburn Mill in the heart of Wild Redesdale in Northumberland. Famous for the Otterburn Pram and Cot Rugs, we also sell a wide range of traditional clothing and have established ourselves as outdoor clothing specialists.
Outside Cragside House Gardens and Estate
Historic sites
Rothbury

Creation of Lord Armstrong, Victorian inventor and landscape genius. Gardens, red squirrels, woodland and lakeside walks.

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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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Barn at Beal interior
Restaurant
Beal
Excellent coffee shop and restaurant with magnificent views over the shores of Holy Island. At the Barn at Beal, we source the very best of food and drink from Northumberland for our customers, bringing you truly local at it's freshest.
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating:TripadvisorBased on 306 reviews
Children In The Pool
Sport and Leisure
Rothbury
Rothbury Pool and Gym has a traditional style pool available for general swimming, aquafit, lessons and parties with fantastic views over Coquetdale. New fitness centre with over twenty pieces of Life Fitness Equipment.
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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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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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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Heather
Great Outdoors
Kielder

Home to the biggest man-made lake in northern Europe and the largest working forest in England, this is one outdoor playground you don’t want to miss.

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Vallum Farm Bread
Cafes & Tearooms
Matfen

Dubbed “The River Cottage of the North” by Luxe magazine (2013), and renowned as the place to find the traditional tastes of Hadrian’s Wall country, Vallum is a unique and growing community of artisans whose produce is enjoyed by visitors from all over the country.

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Outside Cherryburn
Historic sites
Mickley
Birthplace cottage (1700) and farmyard. Printing house using original printing blocks. Introductory exhibition of the life, work and countryside.
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Stunning Views
Sightseeing and Leisure
Cornhill-on-Tweed

One destination, over 20 attractions..country estate with a range of attractions and activities including Heatherslaw Railway; Heatherslaw Cornmill; Lady Waterford Hall; Etal Castle; Flodden Battlefield; tearooms; quirky shops and places to stay. Also ideal for walking and cycling.

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

Welcome to Lindisfarne Castle
Historic sites
Holy Island
Dramatic Tudor Fort converted into an intimate holiday home in 1903 for Edward Hudson by architect Sir Edwin Lutyens. With charming Gertrude Jekyll walled garden. Please ring to check opening times before travelling.
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Wallington
Historic sites
Cambo

Discover Wallington, much-loved home to generations of the unconventional Treveylan family and a magnificent estate where politics and play came together in the heart of Northumberland.

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Outside Brinkburn Priory
Historic sites
Rothbury

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.

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating:TripadvisorBased on 25 reviews
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.
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating:TripadvisorBased on 33 reviews
Picnic bench
Great Outdoors
Kielder

Kielder Castle Visitor centre October from 9.30am to 5pm. Kielder Castle is the visitor centre for Kielder Forest. Features include information centre, tearoom and exhibitions about forestry and conservation. Bike hire available.

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.

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating:TripadvisorBased on 47 reviews
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.
The Armstrong's Household & Farming Museum
Museums and galleries
Alnwick
North Charlton has become the home of a very special museum - a unique collection of artifacts which chronicle the history and heritage of this part of Northumberland, built up over the last 25 years by owner Sylvia Armstrong, MBE.
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.

Outside Gymnasium Gallery
Museums and galleries
Berwick-upon-Tweed

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

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.

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