Northumberland battles the elements

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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Corbridge
Historic sites
Corbridge
Impressive excavated Roman town, walk down the high street and explore English Heritage's impressive museum of Roman finds.  ...
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Tower House Gallery
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Seaton Sluice
The Tower House Gallery is such an unusual building and the octagonal rooms make wonderful spaces for displaying art. ...

Picnic bench
Great Outdoors
Kielder
Kielder Castle is the visitor centre for Kielder Forest. Features include information centre, tearoom and exhibitions about forestry and conservation. Bike hire available.   ...

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 ...

Zog Activity Trail
Family Attraction
Kielder
Zog is the new activity trail for families to enjoy at Kielder Castle in 2019. Launched on 11 January, the trail follows the premiere of the animated special from Magic Light Pictures, on BBC One duri ...

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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Animals at Whitehouse Farm Centre
Family Attraction
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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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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Stunning Views
Family Attraction
Cornhill-on-Tweed
Enjoy a fabulous day out on this country estate with its picturesque villages and range of attractions: Heatherslaw Steam Railway; Heatherslaw Cornmill; Lady Waterford Hall; Etal Castle; Flodden Battl ...

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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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 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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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 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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Outside Kielder Salmon Centre
Nature and Wildlife
Kielder
Kielder Salmon Centre, open April to 30th September, is operated by the Environment Agency. A modern visitor centre with touch screen and video displays describing the life cycle of the Atlantic Salm ...

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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Pipes
Museums and galleries
Morpeth
Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museum is a must for music lovers - alive with iconic regional instruments and live music. ...
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Historic buildings at Woodhorn
Museums and galleries
Ashington
Enjoy our excellent facilities, cutting-edge arts and cultural exhibits and a fun-filled events programme Located in what was once the largest pit village in the world, the former colliery is now hom ...
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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 185 reviews

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. ...
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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. ...

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. ...

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 ...

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 ...

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