Days Out Attractions & Buildings
The Keelmen were the men who transported coal on the River Tyne and they built the Almshouses in 1701 to house the aged and sick Keelman and their dependants.
Home to northern Europe’s largest man-made lake, England’s largest forest and officially the country’s most tranquil spot, Kielder Water & Forest Park is not to be missed. Nature lovers, water sports enthusiasts, explorers, walkers, cyclists, artists, families… anyone looking to escape, set their own agenda and create new experiences will delight in everything the park has to offer. The lakeside trail encircles Kielder Water stretching for 26 miles. A haven for wildlife – explorers can expect to encounter deer, otters, badgers, bats and rare breeds of birds including the first breeding ospreys in Northumberland in 200 years. Famed for having the darkest night skies in England thanks to minimal light pollution, Kielder Water & Forest Park is a star gazers’ heaven and the Observatory offers exciting opportunities for those with an interest in learning more about the night sky.
Open: Daily from Easter to October 10am-5pm. Nov – weekends only 11am-4pm, Dec – daily up to Christmas 11am-4pm.
Kielder Water and Forest Park
Home to northern Europe’s largest man-made lake, England’s largest forest and officially the country’s most tranquil spot, Kielder Water & Forest Park is not to be missed.As well as the countryside there’s also an abundance of contemporary art and architecture in this striking rural setting including the new giant forest head, Silvas Capitalis. With plenty of picnic spots and places to eat throughout the park, visitors are spoilt for choice when it comes to spending a day trip, weekend break or holiday in the most tranquil area in England.
Killhope Lead Mining Museum
Open: April-Nov 10.30am –5.00pm daily. Surface only: Adult £7, Conc £6.50, Child (4-16) £4,under 4s free but not allowed into the Mine. Mine included: Adult £8.95, Conc. £7.25, Child (4-16) £4.60. A restored and complete leadmining operation with a most impressive 32ft water wheel.
Kirknewton Village Hall
Kirknewton Village Hall
Laing Art Gallery
Presenting a selection of unique makers to the region, this craft shop is perfect for special gifts or treats. It is also a great stop for cards, stationery, books and a range of locally-themed items.
Haydon Bridge, Northumberland
Langley Castle Hotel is a 14th Century castle nestling in the Northumbrian valley of the South Tyne. Langley Castle Hotel offers you an exclusive centre from which to explore Hadrian's Wall, the Northumbrian countryside and history. With southern Scotland including Edinburgh, the English Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales no more than 2 hours drive away.
Life Science Centre
Centre for Life, Times Square, Newcastle upon Tyne
Monday – Saturdays: 10.00am – 6.00pm Sundays: 11.00am – 6.00pm. Family (2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children): £36.00. Adult (18+): £15.00. Concession (OAP, student, unwaged): £11.00. Child (aged 5-17): £8. Child (aged 4 and under): Free. An award-winning attraction that is full of hands-on exhibitions and activities (watch out for their friendly ‘science explainers’ who really add to the experience). Also home to the North’s biggest planetarium, the incredible 4D ride and outdoor skating in Times Square from November-February. Unmissable.
Mar-Oct open Tues-Sun. In winter, Castle open two weekends a month. Opening times depend on the tides - please always phone in advance. Castle and garden: Adult £6.95, Child £3.50, Family £17.40. Garden only: £1.30, children free. A Tudor fort that was converted to a house by the architect Edwin Lutyens for Edward Hudson, founder of The Country Life magazine.
Lindisfarne Priory and Museum
Open: April-Sept 9.30am-5pm daily. Oct 9.30am- 4pm daily. Nov-Feb 10am –4pm weekends. 16-24th Feb daily. Feb 25th –Mar 28th 10am-4pm Weekends. Adult £4.90, Conc. £4.40, Child £2.90. The ruined Lindisfarne Priory was established by St.Aidan. When the corpse of St. Cuthbert was discovered undecayed in 698AD, Lindisfarne became one of the holiest shrines in Christendom. For 1300 years, it has been a place of pilgrimage and considered the birthplace of Christianity in Britain. There's also a museum exhibiting artefacts from excavations as well as a gift shop. Make sure you have a tide timetable - at high tide the causeway linking Holy Island to the Northumbrian coast is submerged and the island is cut off from the mainland.
This fabulous restaurant/bar is actually set inside a cave within the magnesian limestone cliff face at Marsden Bay and is delightful. Downstairs the bar serves up traditional fayre such as fish and chips. The upstairs restaurant specialises in seafood (well worth booking in advance for this one, as it's very popular).