Art galleries in Northumberland

Art lovers can look to Northumberland for a visual feast of galleries, craft centres and museums showcasing Northumberland’s creative spirit.


Stately homes and castles house a treasure trove of masterpieces. Gaze at paintings by revered artists from Canaletto to Turner and a portrait of the 10th Earl of Northumberland by royal artist Van Dyke at Alnwick Castle. A remarkable collection of Faberge, fine porcelain and jade forms part of the collection at Bamburgh Castle. Wallington Hall’s highlights include original William Morris wallpaper and the intriguing Cabinet of Curiosities packed with weird and wonderful curios from fossils and porcupine fish to Egyptian figures, narwhal tusks and kangaroo paws.

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Shop for unique mementos of Northumberland or simply stop by to admire local artistic talent. There are original paintings capturing dramatic landscapes and features to browse, hand-crafted jewellery to dazzle and artesan Northumberland textiles to pick up and wrap around.


Look out for studios and galleries in unusual places - Allendale Forge Studios in a former garage, galleries and workshops; tucked into a converted 18th Century farm courtyard at Kirkharle and inside the first purpose-built army barracks since Roman times at Berwick Gymnasium Gallery. There are quirky, independent studios showcasing talented local artists dotted across the county and vibrant pop-up galleries appearing throughout the year in castles, stately homes and outdoor spaces.


Go talent spotting and take a sneak peek into the lives and homes of outstanding artists with Network Artists Northumberland’s annual open studio event, The Art Tour.

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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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Visitors with the family guide
Museums and galleries
Berwick-upon-Tweed
Located within Berwick Barracks, it is home to the stunning Berwick Burrell Collection of art & ceramics plus historical town artefacts. Open Easter-October and school holidays - check websit ...

Chesters Bath-House
Historic sites
Chollerford
Relax in the bath-house, explore the officers' quarters & learn about the saviour of Hadrian's Wall in the Clayton Museum. ...
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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 ...

Keep
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 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 ...
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Tower House Gallery
Museums and galleries
Seaton Sluice
The Tower House Gallery is such an unusual building and the octagonal rooms make wonderful spaces for displaying art. ...

Andrew Major
Museums and galleries
Berwick-upon-Tweed
Gallery by the dock on Tweedmouth's Main St. Fresh accessible contemporary paintings and unusual delightful small presents, cards and prints.  ...

Paxton Exterior
Historic sites
Berwick-upon-Tweed
Overlooking the River Tweed, Paxton House is a Georgian mansion set in 80 acres of woodland, gardens and parklands on the border of England and Scotland, 4 miles from Berwick upon Tweed.  Paxton ...
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Housesteads Roman Fort
Historic sites
Haydon Bridge
Housesteads takes you back 2000 years. Spectacular views, modern and insightful museum and stunning ruins. ...
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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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Snowy Castle
Historic sites
Holy Island
The Castle is scheduled to reopen April 2018. Iconic Tudor Fort converted into an intimate holiday home in 1903 for Edward Hudson by architect Sir Edwin Lutyens. With charming Gertrude Jekyll wa ...
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Historic buildings at Woodhorn
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 Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museum
Museums and galleries
Morpeth
Discover a gem of a museum illustrating the history and development of bagpipes and especially featuring the unique Northumbrian small pipes.  ...
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Outside Kielder Salmon Centre
Nature and Wildlife
Kielder
Kielder Salmon Centre, open April to 31st 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 ...

The 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 Gymnasium Gallery
Museums and galleries
Berwick-upon-Tweed
Contemporary art gallery with a programme of events by Berwick Visual Arts. Check out our What's On Section for exhibition details. ...

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 ...

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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Otterburn Mill
Museums and galleries
Otterburn
Former textile mill, Otterburn Mill, sells outdoor and lifestyle clothing, delicious food and has a children's play area.  ...

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 th ...

Barber loco in action
Sightseeing and Leisure
Alston
Ride on the North of England’s highest narrow gauge railway winding from Alston through the picturesque South Tyne Valley. We have a Discovery Centre, Engineering Workshop viewing gallery, ...

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