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Arbeia Roman Fort & Museum

​Built in around AD160, Arbeia Roman Fort once guarded the entrance to the River Tyne, playing an essential role in the mighty frontier system.

  • romans
  • fresh air
  • Baring Street, South Shields, NE33 2BB
  • Website

Anker's House Museum

The Anker’s House Museum is a wonderful compact and informative museum attached to the Parish Church, which was established in 883AD.

  • North East history
  • the unusual
  • historic buildings
  • heritage
  • Church Chare, Chester-le-Street, DH3 3QB
  • 0191 388 3295
  • Website

Auckland Castle

​Auckland Castle has been home to the Prince Bishops of Durham for over 900 years and is one of the UK’s most important historical buildings.

  • doing things as a family
  • collections
  • art
  • a place to think
  • to be inspired
  • historic buildings
  • Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland, County Durham
  • 01388 743 750
  • Website
  • Email

Aycliffe & District Bus Preservation Society

​This is a mobile museum and as such it is not kept in one place. As a result the primary way the museum exhibits their collection is at bus rallies and other public events.

  • heritage
  • fresh air
  • big stuff
  • This is a mobile museum, offices based in Newton Aycliffe, DL5 6SZ
  • 01325 317 657
  • Website

Bailiffgate Museum

Attractively located in the former St Mary’s Church, Bailiffgate Museum brings the people and places of North Northumberland to life in a lively, interactive style.

  • North East history
  • dressing up
  • doing things as a family
  • collections
  • 14 Bailiffgate, Alnwick, NE66 1LX
  • 01665 605 847
  • Website

Beamish, The North of England Open Air Museum

At Beamish buildings collected from across the region are filled with objects illustrating the region’s history, many donated by local people to help the Museum tell their story. Costumed staff and volunteers use these collections to create a living, working Museum.

  • ships
  • North East history
  • historic buildings
  • fresh air
  • dressing up
  • doing things as a family
  • being active
  • architecture
  • a nice cuppa
  • the real thing

Berwick Museum and Art Gallery

Located within Grade 1 listed Berwick Barracks, designed by Nicholas Hawksmoor, the museum displays items from the old garrison town and its surroundings. There is also an internationally important fine art collection displayed in the “Burrell at Berwick” gallery,

  • the unusual
  • military history
  • art
  • The Clock Block, Berwick Barracks Parade, Berwick upon Tweed, TD15 1DQ
  • 01289 309538
  • Website

Bowes Railway

Bowes railway is the only standard-gauge rope hauled railway in the world which is in preservation. The extensive site has workshops, blacksmiths, steam and diesel locomotives and a huge collection of wagons and artefacts from the history of the Durham Coalfield.

  • travelling
  • trains
  • industrial history
  • historic buildings
  • a nice cuppa
  • Springwell Village, Gateshead, NE9 7QJ
  • 0191 416 1847
  • Website

Captain Cook Schoolroom Museum

The Schoolroom Museum is housed in a building once used as a charity school which was founded in 1704 by Michael Postgate, a local landowner, and it was here between 1736 and 1740, that Captain James Cook received his early education.

  • travelling
  • stories
  • souvenirs
  • North East history
  • historic buildings
  • 101 High Street, Great Ayton, North Yorkshire, TS9 6NB
  • Website

Cherryburn: Thomas Bewick's Birthplace

​This intriguing cottage and farmhouse is the birthplace of Northumberland artist Thomas Bewick.

  • North East history
  • fresh air
  • doing things as a family
  • collections
  • art
  • a nice cuppa
  • Station Bank, Mickley, Stocksfield, NE43 7DD
  • 01661 843 276
  • Website