Discover some of the North East’s best stretches of coast and countryside as well as castles, houses and gardens. All cared for by Europe’s largest conservation charity, the National Trust. 

2020 is a year of celebration for the National Trust who mark their 125th anniversary with events, initiatives and activities across their UK properties. The North East is home to some spectacular estates, monument and historic gardens all cared for by National Trust.  

Just a short bus ride from Newcastle city centre is Gibside, a place that combines Georgian grand design with wildlife wows. Washington Old Hall, a picturesque manor house with gardens and 'nuttery' is also close by. Penshaw Monument is an historic landmark on the Wearside horizon. 

Pop onto public transport in the other direction and you end up at North East's stunning coastline, where iconic Souter Lighthouse sits on The Leas, the stretch of coastline in South Shields where the Great North Run ends. Further up the coast is Seaton Delaval Hall, a Vanbrugh masterpiece that bears the scars of its colourful history and is currently undergoing impressive conservation work which visitors can see first-hand. 

If you’re feeling more adventurous, Northumberland awaits. Catch a glimpse of red squirrels and enjoy the gardens and grounds of Wallington, take a walk along some of the most picturesque stretches of Hadrian’s Wall or pop into Cragside, home of inventor Lord Armstrong. For an amazing wildlife experience a boat trip to the Farne Islands to see puffins or seals is a must do, or for top views make your way to Lindisfarne Castle on Holy Island.


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Open (1 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020)



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