Out & About

Are you a member of the National Trust?

Have you explored the many places the National Trust have to offer in the North East?

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We have National Trust sites scattered across the North east the place we call home - Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, Durham Coast and Teesside. All the sites have their own story to tell, from dramatic countryside, country homes and of course the coastline.

Top 20 National Trust places to visit while staying with us

Walk like a roman did, we did! You don’t have to walk the entire wall just parts of it, taking in the stunning countryside that surrounds the World Heritage Site

This is the jewel in the crown of National Trust houses, built in the Victorian times by Lord Armstrong, steeped in history and an engineer’s dream. There are also lovely walks around the house as well.

Walking across moorland, countryside and woodland is a great way to discovery this stunning countryside. Ross Castle has stunning views and traces of an Iron Age settlement

An ancient spring forming a pool set in trees is where according to legend – the Anglo Saxons St Ninian baptised many early Christians

St Cuthbert’s Cave is believed to have been a safe resting place for the saint. If you stand on the top of the cave you can see up and down the coast – stunning

Its stunning location makes Lindisfarne the UKs most recognisable castles. The castle has had major conservation work but is now open again a lovely Tudor Coastal Castle

The beaches of Northumberland are stunning whether you want to walk, swimming, spot wildlife or build a sandcastle – you will enjoy

A haven for wildlife especially puffins and seals, I would recommend a boat trip from Sea Houses to make the most of this visit

Seaton Delaval Hall celebrates over 300 years of dramatic history. Once home to the Delaval family, the most notorious of all Georgian partygoers and pranksters, the hall is in the process of a multi-million pound project always something to see and do

This charming red and white light has is a great place to explore the coastline, or climb the 76 steps to the top – the view is worth it . You might want to protect your ears from the fog horn – it can be heard upto 17 miles out to sea!

Penshaw Monument made famous by the Lambton Worm is a temple landmark which can be seen for miles around, worth a walk to the top for the view

You never get tired of the dramatic coastline. It’s great for rock pooling and long walks

Inside the hall discover wartime stories of Colonel Jim – the last in line of James Pennyman’s, read inspirational stories of the war, there also some fantastic art exhibitions

This 17th Century Manor was built on the medieval foundations of George Washington’s ancestral home – it’s the place that gave the USA capital its name!

This is the birth place of Thomas Bewick. You can explore the farmhouse and see many of his works of this very talented man

The grounds of Gibside offer space to walk, run and jump about in the lovely drop set of an 18th century landscape, with over 600 acres of woodlands, gardens and park to explore

This is the largest area of ancient semi natural woodland, carved out by the River Allen, peaceful countryside, stunning views bursting with wildlife – you may even see a red squirrel

Wallington Hall has been open to the public for over 50 years. Wallington has the best of both worlds, a country house to explore – don’t forget the doll’s house, formal gardens and countryside

Why not climb to the top, the views are stunning – we did this summer. Don’t be afraid despite cutting an imposing figure on the skyline, Roseberry is a dwarf when compared to the great mountains of the world. At 1,050 feet (320m) it is less than a third of the size of Scafell Pike – England's highest peak. Well worth the climb.

The castle itself is a ruin, but it is one of the many high lights you will see along the top 100 favourite walks, it is a lovely walk along coast line and beach, with ice cream at the beginning and end