Castles, museums and historic sites

Where else would you find one of the smallest museums in the country, a museum dedicated to bagpipes and a legion of Roman museums?

Marvel at fascinating and quirky displays paying tribute to and preserving Northumberland’s history. What’s more, many of them are free, such as Blyth Battery, the military museum located in unique coastal defence buildings.

If you like your history in bite-size pieces, pop into the Ferryman’s Hut in Alnmouth. Said to be the smallest museum in the country, it displays village photos, trinkets and memorabilia. One of the country’s most unusual museums is the Bagpipe Museum in Morpeth Chantry, a space celebrating the history of Northumbrian bagpipes - very different to the Scottish variety! Aviation enthusiasts should wing it to Bamburgh Castle’s Armstrong and Aviation Museum. The award-winning Woodhorn celebrates Northumberland’s proud mining heritage.

Delve into Roman history at Hadrian’s Wall where alongside museums displaying astonishingly well preserved finds, there are ruins to discover and regular reenactments to join in.

Art lovers can head to the birthplace of Thomas Bewick at Cherryburn, the famous Northumberland artist who revolutionized print art in Georgian England.

With such a cornucopia of museums, going back in time makes for a fun day out in Northumberland. 

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  • Category: Museums and galleries
Heritage Centre at Bellingham
Museums and galleries
Bellingham
A unique exhibition reflecting the history and traditions of the North Tyne Valley and Redesdale, including Border Counties Railway, Border Reivers, farming, photography and mining, along with the New ...
Outside Tower Knowe Visitor Centre
Museums and galleries
Kielder
                           Tower Knowe will be re-opening on the ...
Hexham Old Gaol
Museums and galleries
Hexham
Tour the Old Gaol, 1330AD, by glass lift. Meet the gaoler, see a Reiver raid and try on costumes. ...
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Outside RNLI Grace Darling Museum
Museums and galleries
Bamburgh
A museum dedicated to Grace Darling and her family, as well as all those who Save Lives at Sea. ...
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Housesteads Roman Fort
Historic sites
Haydon Bridge
Housesteads takes you back 2000 years. Spectacular views, modern and insightful museum and stunning ruins. ...
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For the family
Museums and galleries
Berwick-upon-Tweed
The museum is housed in the historic Berwick Barracks and contains historical town artefacts and part of Sir William Burrel's art collection. ...
Museum Front
Family Attraction
Haltwhistle
Watch and clock museum, gift shop and repair specialist. The museum is based around the local children's stories of Mr George the clock man. Includes a large collection of mechanical watches and ...
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Flodden Battlefield Memorial
Historic sites
Cornhill-on-Tweed
Walk the footsteps of the soldiers who fought on the Flodden Battle field over 500 years ago. It is hard to conceive today of the carnage that took place there on the 9th September 1513, when surveyin ...
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Alnwick Castle
Arts & Crafts Shop
Ponteland
Alan Reed specialises in painting landscapes, cityscapes, portraits, sport and figurative work. Paintings and prints of Northumberland can be seen in his Studio & Gallery in Ponteland where we wel ...
Outside Lindisfarne Priory
Historic sites
Holy Island
Experience the serenity of Lindisfarne Priory, cut off from the world on the beautiful Holy Island. Take in panoramic views of the Northumbrian coast, unpack a picnic in the priory grounds, and take a ...
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Gallery 1
Museums and galleries
Haltwhistle
Lying in magnificent countryside next to a sweeping section of Hadrian's Wall and based at the site of Carvoran Roman Fort, the Roman Army Museum is an authentic and dramatic tribute to Rome’s e ...
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Family fun at Woodhorn
Museums and galleries
Ashington
From coal mining communities to contemporary art: discover a proud past, The Pitmen Painters and the best in art and heritage at Northumberland's biggest museum. ...
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Outside Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museum
Museums and galleries
Morpeth
Discover a gem of a museum illustrating the history and development of bagpipes and especially featuring the unique Northumbrian small pipes.  ...
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Chesters Bath-House
Historic sites
Chollerford
Relax in the bath-house, explore the officers' quarters & learn about the saviour of Hadrian's Wall in the Clayton Museum. ...
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View from Bath House
Historic sites
Bardon Mill
Visit Roman Vindolanda today and you will find one of the North East’s most famous and not to be missed tourist attractions lying in the beautiful landscape of Hadrian's Wall Country. Formerly a ...
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Alnwick Castle
Historic sites
Alnwick
Alnwick Castle is the second largest inhabited castle in the UK; home to the Percy family for over 700 years and film location for Downton Abbey and Harry Potter's Hogwarts. ...
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Keep
Historic sites
Bamburgh
A spectacular castle with fantastic coastal views. The stunning Kings Hall and Keep house collections of armour, artwork, porcelain and furniture.     ...
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Newbiggin Maritime Centre
Museums and galleries
Newbiggin-by-the-Sea
Newbiggin Maritime Centre, on the beautiful Northumberland coastline, offers a unique experience for visitors with a museum, a café and a shop. ...
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Allendale Forge Studios
Museums and galleries
Allendale Town
The Forge has 12 working studios, cafe, art gallery and gallery shop that offers both traditional and contemporary arts and crafts from Northumberland, all situated in th ...
Otterburn Mill
Museums and galleries
Otterburn
Look no further for FAMILY fun. Kids play area, Weavers café, nature trail, picnic area and retail shops ...
Outside Gymnasium Gallery
Museums and galleries
Berwick-upon-Tweed
Contemporary art gallery with a programme of events by Berwick Visual Arts. Check out our What's On Section for exhibition details. ...
Barber loco in action
Sightseeing and Leisure
Alston
Ride on the North of England’s highest narrow gauge railway winding from Alston through the picturesque South Tyne Valley. We have a Discovery Centre, gift shop and the “Buffer Stop& ...
Welcome to Bailiffgate Museum
Museums and galleries
Alnwick
Bailiffgate Museum brings to life the people and places of North Northumberland in exciting interactive style. Art and history-based exhibitions are staged in the gallery. ...
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Scene inside Regimental Museum Kings Own Scottish Borderers
Museums and galleries
Berwick-upon-Tweed
The King's Own Scottish Borderers regimental museum with uniforms, medals, silver and weapons telling the story of the regiment from 1689 until the present day. ...

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