It’s always interesting to learn about Northumberland’s rich history. So why not spend a weekend at some of our favourite historical spots?
It’s always interesting to learn about Northumberland’s rich history. It can also be a great way of helping the younger and older generation in your family to bond, and learn from each other. So why not spend a weekend at some of our favourite historical spots?
Wallington Hall House and Gardens
Located between Morpeth and Ponteland, this historic Grade 1 listed building, along with its 13,500 acre estate, was donated to the National Trust by Sir Charles Philip Trevelyan, a Socialist MP and ‘illogical Englishman’.
Wallington Hall has something for everyone, with beautiful furniture, a collection of pre-Raphaelite art, and quirky curiosities throughout the house.
The Trevelyan family loved enjoying nature, and what better place to take in the outdoors than the beautiful lakes, well maintained lawns, woodland and much more which surround this historic gem?
There’s even a hidden walled garden nestled in the woods, which looks beautiful whatever the season.
Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens
Situated in Belsay near Morpeth, this regency-style stately home has a rich history, and plenty to see. From a medieval castle, to Grecian architecture and over 30 acres of magnificent Grade 1 listed gardens, the Hall is undergoing renovations to preserve its rich history.
It even has a Victorian café, where you can recharge after taking in the splendid surroundings.
Used to defend the shores of Blyth during World War II, Blyth Battery is lovingly preserved by a group of local volunteers. This enthusiastic group research, maintain, and open Blyth Battery to the public, putting on events throughout the year. You can find out about upcoming events here.
Northumberland has a rich mining history, and Woodhorn Museum is testament to that. Situated near the former mining town of Ashington, the museum pays homage to the region’s mining past, including the pitman painters.
You can see their work, as well as other interesting exhibitions, at the museum, and for more information you can find their website here.