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Tanfield Railway

This lovingly preserved colliery railway’s original purpose was the movement of coal from the nearby collieries to ships waiting on the River Tyne. The surviving section of the original railway, the 1725 Sunniside to Causey section, is now the world’s oldest working railway.

  • trains
  • fresh air
  • doing things as a family
  • the real thing
  • The Engine Shed, Old Marley Hill, Sunniside, NE16 5ET
  • 0191 388 7545
  • Website

The Bowes Museum

Enjoy the greatest collection of European fine and decorative arts in the North of England and an acclaimed exhibition and events programme.

  • historic buildings
  • collections
  • art
  • a place to think
  • a nice cuppa
  • doing things as a family
  • pictures
  • sparkly things
  • buying nice things
  • Barnard Castle, DL12 8NP
  • 01833 690 606
  • Website

The Heritage Centre, Bellingham

The recently refurbished Heritage Centre displays the local history, tradition and heritage of the North Tyne and Redewater area of Northumberland, including a new farming gallery which also houses the Stannersburn Smithy.

  • heritage
  • a nice cuppa
  • doing things as a family
  • Station Yard, Woodburn Road, Bellingham, NE48 2DF
  • 01434 220 050
  • Website

Wallington

Wallington is a magnificent mansion with fine interiors and collections. Wallington features a wonderful mix of displays including huge pre-Raphaelite paintings, an intriguing Cabinet of Curiosities and an extraordinary collection of dolls’ houses.​

  • architecture
  • historic buildings
  • getting mucky
  • exploring
  • doing things as a family
  • being active
  • a place to think
  • a nice cuppa
  • Cambo, Morpeth, NE61 4AR
  • 01670 773 600
  • Website

Washington Old Hall

This delightful stone-built 17th century manor house incorporates parts of the original medieval home of George Washington’s direct ancestors. The impressive Great Hall, authentic 17th century kitchen and attractive gardens are well worth a visit.

  • the real thing
  • North East history
  • fresh air
  • doing things as a family
  • The Avenue, Washington, NE38 7LE
  • 0191 416 6879
  • Website