Days Out Attractions & Buildings
Barnard Castle, Co. Durham
The charming ruins of a small monastery of Premonstratensian 'white canons', picturesquely set above a bend in the River Tees near Barnard Castle. Remains include much of the 13th century church and a range of living quarters, with traces of their ingenious toilet drainage system.
Erington Reay Pottery
Open: Daily 9.30am – 5pm.
Open: 10am-5pm daily. Free. This comparatively small priory is situated in a scenic spot on the banks of the River Wear, about 4 miles from Durham. From its lowly beginning as a hermitage for St. Godric, Finchale became a Benedictine priory dependent on Durham Cathedral towards the end of the 12th century.
Open: Mon-Sun 11am-5.30pm. Adult £1.50, conc. £1, Children free High Force suddenly and spectacularly drops 70 feet into a plunge pool below, making it England's highest uninterrupted drop of water. The woodland walk leads to this breathtaking sight. As you begin the descent down the gentle slope the well-maintained path twists and turns giving a different view every few yards.
Sunderland, Tyne and Wear
Open: 12pm-4pm weekdays. Sat – May-Sept, Sun – all year. Free admission. The north-east’s one and only fully functional windmill. Fulwell was built in 1808 by local mason Mr. Allison who used limestone to achieve the tower’s pretty exterior. The windmill now has a visitor centre where any number of interesting windmill facts can be found.
Gateshead Heritage @ St Mary's
In addition to the heritage information on display, this beautiful building hosts a varied programme of lunchtime concerts, craft workshops, evening performances and music.
George Stephenson's Birthplace
Only open during the summer from 12-5. This unassuming stone tenement lays claim to have housed the giant of the Industrial Revolution, George Stephenson. From around 1781, the year of Stephenson's birth, he and his family lived in one room of this miner's cottage. There's no parking at the actual site so it's best to park a half mile away in Wylam and take a leisurely stroll along a cinder path to the house.
Grace Darling Museum
Grace Darling was a famous local girl, who with her father rescued shipwrecked sailors in a small open boat at the height of a storm, she died aged 26. The museum commemorates her achievement. It is currently undergoing redevelopment so phone for opening times. Open: Easter–Oct 10am-5pm, Oct- Easter 10am-4pm daily Closed 24-27 Dec and New Years day. Adult £2.75, Conc. (over 60s and 5- 16 year olds) £1.75, family £7.25 (2 adults and 3 children)
Described as the ‘city of palaces’ when completed in 1842, Grainger Town is an historic area right in the heart of Newcastle. Recently regenerated, the elegant stylish Victorian and classical Georgian architecture can now be enjoyed to the full. The area takes in Grey Street, probably the most magnificent classical Georgian street in England, Grey’s Monument and the Edwardian Central Arcade.
Great North Museum: Hancock
A range of themed gifts from dinosaurs to Romans and the ancient Egyptians.
The central feature of central Newcastle commemorates Earl Grey, promoter of the Reform Bills. The monument now lends its name to the adjacent Mall and Metro station. The sculptor Edward Hodges Baily was also responsible for the figure of Lord Nelson on Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square, London.
Opening times: Apr.-Sept. 10am-4pm Wed, Thur, Fri, Sat, Sun. Oct-Mar 10am-3pm Wed, Thur, Fri, Sat and Sun. Closed 24 Dec - 1 Jan. Admission: Adult £1.80, conc. & children 90p, English Heritage members free. The skeletal ruins of this 12th century monastery are given life through its rich history. Despite being almost completely destroyed by Henry VIII, the east end of the original building has survived and pierces the skyline of Gisborough to this day. Forget Albert Square, because this an east end worth seeing.
Hamsterley Village Hall
Bishop Auckland, County Durham