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National Trust sites in Northumberland

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With historic houses, beautiful gardens, rolling countryside, dramatic landscapes, amazing wildlife and hidden gems to choose from, you’ll find a day out for all the family with the National Trust.

Discover Northumberland’s nature, beauty and history with the National Trust

Looking for scenic views to enjoy, family friendly attractions to explore or fascinating history to uncover? Northumberland has a range of  National Trust locations to discover. So you may be left wondering on your day trip, your weekend break or your family holiday in Northumberland, which National Trust sites are near me? Take a look at the Visit Northumberland guide to National Trust properties, walks, gardens and all of their hidden gems

Take a trip to Cragside to experience Britain's original smart home. The first house in the world lit by hydro-electricity, Victorian inventor and arms manufacturer William Armstrong’s pioneering home was filled with gadgets for efficient modern living.

Outside, man-made lakes, tumbling waterfalls, towering trees and swathes of rhododendron combine to form a fantasy mountain landscape.  

See the whole estate by car on the Carriage Drive, where miles of way-marked walks and wildlife are waiting to be discovered.  

Travel across the causeway to Holy Island to one of the UK’s most iconic landmarks: Lindisfarne Castle.  Originally a Tudor fort, Lindisfarne Castle was converted by architect Sir Edwin Lutyens into a holiday home for Edward Hudson, founder of Country Life magazine. 

Explore the castle’s rooms and take in the panoramic views of the Northumberland coast from the Upper Battery. 

Outside, discover the intimate summer-flowering walled garden created by celebrated garden designer Gertrude Jekyll and the unexpected grandeur of the 19th-century industrial lime kilns.  

Please check safe crossing times for the Holy Island causeway.

The 13,500-acre Wallington estate has something for everyone, with a historic house surrounded by an informal landscape of lawns, lakes, woodland and farmland. 

Visit the home of socialist MP Sir Charles Philips Treveylan to discover more about this remarkable man and his unconventional family and explore the history of Northumberland in huge pre-Raphaelite paintings around the Central Hall.  

Outdoors, there’s a hidden walled garden nestled in the woods, scenic walks through the woodland and countryside and a family-friendly cycle trail - bring your bike or hire one on site. 

Seaton Delaval Hall may have been one of the architect Sir John Vanbrugh’s smallest country houses, but it was home to the theatricality and mischief of the larger-than-life Delaval family.  

Inside, explore the fire-scarred Central Hall, with its atmospheric basement, and uncover the playfully presented stories of the Delavals in the furnished West Wing.   

Outside, meander through the formal garden, or take a walk to the lost Southeast Gardens, which have been reimagined. Seaton Delaval lies just a stone's throw away from the beautiful Northumberland coastline

The unassuming Northumbrian farmstead at Cherryburn is the birthplace of the wood engraver and naturalist Thomas Bewick, perhaps Northumberland’s greatest artist.  

Discover his tiny birthplace cottage and farmyard, with views over the Tyne Valley, plus a traditional 19th-century farmhouse which has an unrivalled collection of his work and an exhibition about his life.  

Outside explore the wild cottage garden and surround yourself in a natural world that inspired Bewick’s work.

With its deep gorge, created by the River Allen, and the largest area of ancient semi-natural woodland in Northumberland, Allen Bank and Staward Gorge provides the perfect setting for an adventure

Home to flora, fauna and fungi, there are woodland walks aplenty, with the remains of a medieval pele tower, reconstructed Victorian summerhouse and ornamental pond to discover.   
With over 70 species of birds spotted as well as a wide range of wildlife such as deer and red squirrels, you’ll always have company. 

Sail around the Farne Islands, a few miles off the Northumberland Coast, to see the amazing wildlife that comes here to breed each year. Hop on a boat at Seahouses to get unrivalled views of Atlantic grey seals and 23 species of seabird, including 43,000 pairs of puffins, terns, guillemots and eider ducks. 

It’s a short journey to a different world!

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