Northern England - Places of Interest

 Lindesfarne Priory and Museum

Places of Interest - Northern England

Places of Interest - Northern England

Bamburgh Castle / The Farne Islands

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Bamburgh Castle
Bamburgh
Northumberland
NE69 7D

 Standing on a rocky outcrop overlooking miles of beautiful sandy beach, Bamburgh Castle dominates the Northumbrian landscape. A magnificent castle completely restored in 1900, it houses collections of china, porcelain, furniture, paintings, arms and armour.

Tel: 01668 214 515

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The Victoria Hotel

...the Victoria Hotel overlooks the village green in the heart of historic Bamburgh. The village is dominated by the magnificent castle

....both Holy Island and The Farne Islands are visible from its ramparts.

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Wyndgrove House

...at Wyndgrove House, built in the late 1800s, the house is located in a peaceful part of the village of Seahouses.

...just a short walk from the seafront and the harbour.

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The Farne Islands
About 3 miles east of Bamburgh.

The Farne Islands lie two to three miles off the Northumberland coast midway between the fishing village of Seahouses and the magnificent castle of Bamburgh. As well as being the most famous Sea Bird Sanctuary in the British Isles they also have a large colony of Atlantic or Grey Seals. Join us on one of our many year-round trips and explore this most wonderous of British archipelagoes on one of our fleet of seagoing motor vessels. (All our passenger carrying boats are skippered and equipped to meet the exacting licensing standards of the 'Marine Safety Agency'.)

Tel: 01665 720 308 www.farne-islands.com

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Lindesfarne Priory /  Lindesfarne Castle

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 Lindesfarne Priory and Museum
Holy Island
Berwick-upon-Tweed
TD15 2RX
Tel: 01289 389200

Lindisfarne Priory was one of the most important centres of early Christianity in Anglo-Saxon England. It is still a place of pilgrimage today, the dramatic approach across the causeway adding to its fascination. Founded by St Aidan in AD635, the site owes its fame to St Cuthbert, the greatest of Northumbrian holy men, who lived and died there. Wander around the atmospheric ruins, and visit the refurbished museum. There you’ll discover the fascinating story of the monks who lived on Holy Island until the monastery was suppressed in 1537. (View of the nave in the priory church with decorated pillars (c) English Heritage Photo Library)

 Lindesfarne Priory and Museum

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Kings Arms Hotel, Berwick Upon Tweed

.....our hotel is centrally situated in the town, within the medieval walls and a short walk from the old quayside, about 8 miles north of Holy Island.

...... with a reputation built on first class service and individual attention.

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Marshall Meadows Country House Hotel

........in England's most northerly hotel just 300 yards from the Scottish Border, set back in its own woodland gardens. An ideal touring centre for the spectacular Northumberland coastline and castles and the historic Border towns.

...only a mile from Berwick-upon- Tweed with its Elizabethean walls and its mainline railway station.

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Travelodge Berwick Upon Tweed
North Road

...situated in Berwick only 8 miles from Holy Island this Travelodge is ideally situated as a base for exploring Border Country.

....contemporary quality accommodation with spacious en-suite rooms, TV in every room, tea and coffee making facilities

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 Lindesfarne Castle
Holy Island
Northumberland
TD15 2SH
Tel: 01289 389244

Perched on top of a rocky crag and accessible over a causeway at low tide only, the castle presents an exciting and alluring aspect. Originally a Tudor fort, it was converted into a private house in 1903 by the young Edward Lutyens. The small rooms are full of intimate decoration and design, the windows looking down upon the charming walled garden, planned by Gertrude Jekyll. A National Trust property. (Photo © NTPL / Joe Cornish).

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Durham Castle / Durham Cathedral

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 Durham Castle
Palace Green
Durham

Once home to the Prince Bishops who ruled the North like kings, Durham Castle was founded in 1072 and has a Norman chapel dating from 1080. A fine example of motte and bailey castle.

Tel: 0191 374 802

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Swallow Three Tuns Hotel

.....in the heart of Durham City, with attractive streets filled with shops, cobbled alleys, Medieval lanes and Georgian and Victorian architecture.

....dating back to the 16th Century, the delightful hotel is filled with charm and character.

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Durham Marriott Hotel Royal County

.... boasting a central location in the historic cathedral city of Durham, with views over the River Wear.

....the hotel is only 350 metres from the world-famous cathedral

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Kings Lodge Hotel Durham

..... set in the heart of Durham City. A site which once echoed to the sounds of battle now provides a setting for comfortable and tasteful residence.

....Kings Lodge stands at the South East entrance to Flass Vale, an urban nature reserve on the edge of the site of the famous battle of Nevilles Cross

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 Durham Cathedral
Durham
DH1 3EH
 Thought by many to be the finest example of Norman church architecture in England, Durham cathedral stands majestically high above the River Wear. It houses the tombs of St Cuthbert and the Venerable Bede. It is cherished not only for its architecture but also for its incomparable setting. For this reason it was inscribed together with the Castle as one of Britain's first World Heritage Sites.

Tel: 0191 386 4266

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Alnwick Castle / Dunstanburgh Castle

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Alnwick Castle
Alnwick
Northumberland
NE66 1NQ

Home of the Percy's, dukes of Northumberland since 1309, Alnwick Castle was described by the Victorians as the 'Windsor of the North'. It provides a palatial exquisite setting for its collection of art treasures.

Tel: 01665 510777

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White Swan Hotel

....the hotel is within walking distance of the Duke of Northumberland's home, Alnwick Castle.

....this 300 year old coaching inn retains many features from the past.

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The Sun Hotel

...directly opposite the castle, the Sun Hotel portrays all the charm of a seventeenth-century coaching inn. Offering superb accommodation in a secluded position, the hotel has ample car and coach parking facilities.

...visitors may be surprised to discover the size and facilities of the hotel, and the splendour and comfort of its decoration and furnishings.

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Dunstanburgh Castle
Craster
Alnwick
Northumberland
Telephone: 01665 576231
(About 7 miles north of Alnwick).

Dramatic castle ruins which dominate a lonely stretch of Northumberland's coastline with splendid clifftop views, about 7 miles north of Alnmouth. Dunstanburgh Castle is managed by English Heritage. (View of the gatehouse from the south (c) English Heritage).

Dunstanburgh Castle

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Manderston / Edin's Hall Broch

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Manderston
Duns
Berwickshire

An Edwardian stately home in 56 acres of formal gardens, lake, woodland garden, marble dairy, tower and princely stables. There are sumptuous staterooms, below stairs domestic quarters and the only silver staircase in the world.

Tel: 01361 883450

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The Wheatsheaf Restaurant With Rooms

...about 5 miles south of Duns, in comfortable and peaceful accommodation.

.... ten bedrooms are graded 4* by the Tourist board and offer superior en-suite bathrooms.

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One Green Hope Guest House Duns

...located 1 mile off the B6355 at Ellemford, 7 miles from Duns, Green Hope nestles in the quiet seclusion of the Whiteadder river valley in the Scottish borders.

....the windows open onto the sparkling river, a country lane and woodland walks teeming with wildlife

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Edin's Hall Broch
nr Duns

Edins Hall Broch is a medieval fort, one of only ten in Scotland. It is maintained by Historic Scotland and is remarkably well-preserved considering its age. Dating from 2nd century, one of a very limited number of Iron Age brochs in the lowlands of Scotland. It sits within an earlier fort which is surrounded by ramparts and ditches.

Located about 6 miles north of Duns

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Cragside / Woodhorn

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Cragside
Rothbury
Morpeth
Northumberland NE65 7PX
Telephone: 01669 620333

An extraordinary Victorian house built on the rugged hillside above Rothbury by the1st Lord Armstrong, it became one of the most modern houses for its time in the country. In the 1880s the house had hot & cold running water, central heating, telephones and was the first house in the world to be lit by hydroelectricity. Seven million trees and shrubs were planted to cover the bare hillside and create the forest garden you can explore today. A National Trust property. (Photo © NTPL / Rupert Truman).

Cragside

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The Queens Head Hotel Morpeth

....in this town centre hotel that rests by the River Wansbeck.

....facilities include a 24 hour reception and licenced bar.

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Macdonald Linden Hall, Golf & Country Club

... near Morpeth, a country house hotel with full leisure facilities and an 18-hole golf course.

....offering Georgian architecture, log fires and a country pub as well as recently refurbished bedrooms.

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Woodhorn
Northumberland Museum and Archives
Queen Elizabeth II Country Park Ashington
Northumberland NE63 9YF

A fascinating visitor attraction celebrating Northumberland, where a stunning new building inspired by monster coal cutting machines that once worked underground, houses an emotive display about life in the local mining community, colourful miners’ banners, the treasures of Northumberland County Records office including an entertaining interactive exhibition designed especially for first time visitors, and 3 galleries for touring exhibitions. Visitors can also explore the grade 2 listed colliery buildings, enjoy lunch in the cafe or wander around the country park in which it is all located. Free admission.

Tel: 01670 52 80 80

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Beamish - The North of England Open Air Museum / Crook Hall & Gardens

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Beamish - The North of England Open Air Museum
Co. Durham
DH9 0RG

Visit the town, colliery village, farm, railway station, Pockerley Manor and 1825 railway, recreating life in the North East in the early 1800's and 1900's. Beamish Museum is an open air museum where you can go underground in a drift mine, visit the pit cottages, Victorian schoolroom, a Victorian dentist and an old fashioned sweet shop. Step on board our trams and we'll transport you into the past.

Tel: 01207 231811

www.beamish.org.uk

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Lumley Castle Durham

....located about 3 miles east of Beamish, the magnificent spectacle of Lumley Castle has dominated the County Durham landscape for over 600 years.

...boasting 74 luxurious en suite rooms, with complimentary Wi-Fi internet and the splendour of the Black Knight restaurant

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Crook Hall & Gardens
Frankland Lane
Sidegate
Durham DH1 5SZ

A Medieval Manor House surrounded by romantic gardens. All within walking distance of Durham City Centre. Described by Alan Titchmarsh as "a tapestry of colourful blooms". Located about 5 miles south of Chester-le-Street.

Tel: 0191 384 8028

www.crookhallgardens.co.uk.

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Darlington Railway Museum / Darlington Tees Cottage Pumping Station

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Head of Steam - Darlington Railway Museum
North Road Station
Darlington
DL3 6ST

Darlington Railway Centre & Museum is located on the 1825 route of the Stockton & Darlington Railway, the world's first steam-worked public railway. The site encompasses three significant Stockton & Darlington Railway buildings of the 1830s/50s: North Road Passenger Station, the Goods Shed and Hopetown Carriage Works. Exhibits include Stephenson's "Locomotion No. 1", built for the opening of the Stockton & Darlington Railway, and "Derwent", the earliest surviving Darlington built locomotive, on loan from The National Railway Museum Collection. Locomotion is one of the oldest surviving steam engines in the world and the first ever steam train to carry fare paying passengers.

Tel: 01325 460532

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Blackwell Grange Hotel

... in the elegance of this beautiful and historic 17th century mansion, set in 15 acres of its woodland. The hotel has 110 en-suite bedrooms with all the facilities one would expect.

.....offers superb leisure facilities including indoor heated pool, spa pool, solarium, sauna and well equipped gymnasium.

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The Harrowgate Hill Lodge

....on the outskirts of Darlington, this charming establishment offers comfortable, well equipped accommodation, convenience and simplicity, all at great value-rates.

....with 40 comfortable en suite rooms, all of which are decorated to a high standard.

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Darlington Tees Cottage Pumping Station
Coniscliffe Road
Darlington

A Scheduled Ancient Monument with two completely original pumping engines in full working order, displayed running under their pumping load on about four weekends each year. One is a two-cylinder compound steam beam engine, the other engine a two-cylinder gas engine, the largest preserved example in Europe. The engines are housed in their own purpose built buildings, dating from 1847 to 1901, in themselves superb examples of Victorian architecture. Located on the outskirts of Darlington.

Tel: 01325 760216

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