The Northeast

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  • 1. Alnwick Castle

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    Sometimes called the "Windsor of the North," the imposing Alnwick Castle will more likely provoke cries of "Hogwarts!" from younger visitors...Read More

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  • 2. Alnwick Garden

    Garden/Arboretum

    A marvelous flight of fancy, Alnwick Garden was designed by Capability Brown in 1750. Centering on modern terraced fountains by Belgian designers...Read More

  • 3. Bamburgh Castle

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    You'll see Bamburgh Castle long before you reach it: a solid, weather-beaten, cliff-top fortress that dominates the coastal view for miles around...Read More

  • 4. Beamish Open-Air Museum

    Museum Village

    Made up of buildings moved from elsewhere in the region, this sprawling complex explores the way people in the Northeast lived and worked from...Read More

  • 5. Bowes Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    This vast manor house, inspired by a French châteaux, was built between 1862 and 1875. Highlights include paintings by Canaletto, El Greco,...Read More

  • 6. Chesters Roman Fort

    Museum/Gallery

    In a wooded valley on the banks of the North Tyne River, this cavalry fort was known as Cilurnum in Roman times, when it protected the point...Read More

  • 7. Corbridge Roman Town

    Historic District/Site

    The foundations of this important Roman garrison town (the farthest north in the entire Roman Empire) are brought to life with a lively audio...Read More

  • 8. Cragside

    House/Mansion/Villa

    The turrets and towers of Tudor-style Cragside, a Victorian country house, look out over the edge of a forested hillside. It was built between...Read More

  • 9. Durham Cathedral

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    A Norman masterpiece in the heart of the city, Durham Cathedral is a vision of strength and fortitude, a far cry from the airy lightness of...Read More

  • 10. Great North Museum: Hancock and the Hatton Gallery

    Museum/Gallery

    An amalgam of several collections belonging to Newcastle University and named for a Victorian founder of the Natural History Society of...Read More

  • 11. Hadrian's Wall

    Building/Architectural Site

    Dedicated to the Roman god Terminus, the massive span of Hadrian's Wall once marked the northern frontier of the Roman Empire. Today, remnants...Read More

  • 12. Head of Steam

    Museum/Gallery

    A family-friendly museum in nearby Darlington tells the story of the early days of rail travel. The town gained fame in 1825, when George Stephenson...Read More

  • 13. Hexham Abbey

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    A site of Christian worship for more than 1,300 years, ancient Hexham Abbey forms one side of the town's main square. Inside, you can climb...Read More

  • 14. Housesteads Roman Fort

    Museum/Gallery

    If you have time to visit only one Hadrian's Wall site, Housesteads Roman Fort, Britain's most complete example of a Roman fort, is your best...Read More

  • 15. Lindisfarne Priory

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    In the year 875, Vikings destroyed the Lindisfarne community; only a few monks escaped, carrying with them Cuthbert's bones, which were reburied...Read More

  • 16. Raby Castle

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    The stone battlements and turrets of moated Raby Castle, once the seat of the powerful Nevills and currently the home of the 11th Baron Barnard...Read More

  • 17. Roman Army Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    At the garrison fort of Carvoran, this museum makes an excellent introduction to Hadrian's Wall. Full-size models and excavations bring this...Read More

  • 18. Vindolanda

    Museum/Gallery

    About 8 miles east of Greenhead, this archaeological site holds the remains of eight successive Roman forts and civilian settlements, providing...Read More

  • 19. Angel of the North

    Public Art (Mural/Sculpture/Statue)

    South of Newcastle, near the junction of A1 and A1(M) at Gateshead, stands England's largest—and one of its most popular—sculptures, the Angel...Read More

  • 20. Auckland Castle

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    Arguably the greatest of the prince-bishops of Durham's properties is this episcopal palace, which you enter through an elaborate stone arch...Read More

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