Castles, museums and historic sites

Where else would you find one of the smallest museums in the country, a museum dedicated to bagpipes and a legion of Roman museums?

Marvel at fascinating and quirky displays paying tribute to and preserving Northumberland’s history. What’s more, many of them are free, such as Blyth Battery, the military museum located in unique coastal defence buildings.

If you like your history in bite-size pieces, pop into the Ferryman’s Hut in Alnmouth. Said to be the smallest museum in the country, it displays village photos, trinkets and memorabilia. One of the country’s most unusual museums is the Bagpipe Museum in Morpeth Chantry, a space celebrating the history of Northumbrian bagpipes - very different to the Scottish variety! Aviation enthusiasts should wing it to Bamburgh Castle’s Armstrong and Aviation Museum. The award-winning Woodhorn celebrates Northumberland’s proud 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.

With such a cornucopia of museums, going back in time makes for a fun day out in Northumberland. 

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Alnwick Castle
Historic sites
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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Housesteads Roman Fort
Historic sites
Haydon Bridge
Housesteads takes you back 2000 years. Spectacular views, modern and insightful museum and stunning ruins. ...

Outside Tower Knowe Visitor Centre
Museums and galleries
                           Tower Knowe will be re-opening on the ...

Historic buildings at Woodhorn
Museums and galleries
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. ...

Heritage Centre at Bellingham
Museums and galleries
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 ...

Outside Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museum
Museums and galleries
Discover a gem of a museum illustrating the history and development of bagpipes and especially featuring the unique Northumbrian small pipes.  ...

Dockside Gallery
Arts & Crafts Shop
New gallery by the docks in Tweedmouth on the south bank of the River Tweed paintings :: prints :: cards :: gifts :: inspiration  ...

Gallery 1
Museums and galleries
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 e ...

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 ...

Outside RNLI Grace Darling Museum
Museums and galleries
A museum dedicated to Grace Darling and her family, as well as all those who Save Lives at Sea. ...

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 ...

The Old Gaol
Museums and galleries
Tour the Old Gaol, 1330AD, by glass lift. Meet the gaoler, see a Reiver raid and try on costumes. ...

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. ...

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

Visitors with the family guide
Museums and galleries
Located within Berwick Barracks, it is home to the stunning Berwick Burrell Collection of art & ceramics plus historical town artefacts. ...

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 ...

Historic sites
A spectacular castle with fantastic coastal views. The stunning Kings Hall and Keep house collections of armour, artwork, porcelain and furniture.     ...

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 ...

Otterburn Mill
Museums and galleries
Look no further for FAMILY fun. Kids play area, Weavers café, nature trail, picnic area and retail shops ...

Scene inside Regimental Museum Kings Own Scottish Borderers
Museums and galleries
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. ...

Barber loco in action
Sightseeing and Leisure
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, ...

Welcome to Bailiffgate Museum
Museums and galleries
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. ...

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

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