Towering ramparts, grand stairways and elaborate gardens complete with ornamental lakes form Northumberland’s grandeur collection of stately homes.

Stroll among the family seats of innovators, industrialists and naturists like Wallington House, garden and estate, the former home of the unconventional Trevelyan family. Highlights include a collection of dolls houses and huge pre-Raphaelite paintings.

Cragside House near Rothbury was the first house in the world to be lit by hydroelectricity. The former home of Lord William Armstrong, Cragside pays homage to this remarkable inventor and is crammed full of ingenious gadgets.

Inspired by the temples of ancient Greece, Belsay Hall, Castles and Garden with its fabulous pillars is perfect for exploring whatever the weather. Look out for exhibitions and collections taking place throughout the year.

With its extravagant architectural style, Seaton Delaval Hall is hailed as one of the grandest baroque houses in the country.

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