12 of the Best Historical Attractions | Living North

12 of the Best Historical Attractions


Holy Island
From victorious Vikings to magnificent miners, rewrite the history books with a day out at one of these stellar attractions

Jorvik Viking Centre 

Expect exhibitions and audiovisual displays that will engross you in York’s past. Don your helmet, pick up your battleaxe and prepare to join the hordes exploring this classic attraction. 

Beamish, Stanley 

Explore a recreation of historic towns, villages, collieries and farms at this award-winning open air museum. We particularly like the 1900s pit village where visitors can tuck into a delicious portion of fish and chips at Davy’s Fried Fish Shop. 

Vindolanda & Roman Army Museum
Bardon Mill & Greenhead 

Learn about life on Hadrian’s Wall at this excavated Roman fort then head indoors to discover more about how the Romans conquered Britain.

Woodhorn Museum and Northumberland Archives 

Celebrate 800 years of history at Woodhorn, and don’t forget to check out the fantastic Brick Dinos exhibit.

The Holy Island

Explore this island of historical and religious significance off the Northumbrian coast and learn about the lives of saints and the origins of the Lindisfarne Gospels.

Alnwick Castle

The seat of the Percy Family, this castle is steeped in history and is open to the public from 31 March to 29 October. Explore exhibitions that chart its journey through time, join knights on a quest and see locations from Hollywood blockbusters.

Warkworth Castle and Hermitage

Explore this ancient fortress and peaceful chapel. Be a brave knight defending the castle, live the high life in The Duke’s Rooms, then take a boat trip to the hermitage, believed to have been built as a private chapel for the first Earl of Northumberland.

Gunsgreen House

A house built by a smuggler, now open to us law-abiding folk from 25 March to 31 October. Discover its history, its secret passageways and the Smuggler’s Trail Circular Walk.

Durham Cathedral

An iconic North East landmark full of exciting exhibits. Be sure to take a look at the Open Treasure project which houses a unicorn’s horn and a griffin’s claw among its many wonders.

Seaton Delaval Hall
Seaton Delaval 

Open until 29 October, visitors can explore this historic country house, walk the trails, go on a treasure hunt and go wild on the adventure playscape.

Victoria Tunnel

A preserved 19th century underground waggonway that originally stretched from the Town Moor to the Tyne. Take a guided tour of one of the area’s most secretive tourist attractions and hear about how the tunnel has been utilised over the years from its initial construction to its use in the Second World War. Watch out for the ghost!

Chillingham Castle

An ancient fortress in the heart of Northumberland, Chillingham Castle promises an engrossing day out. Explore the many rooms and enchanting grounds, see active restoration of the castle’s masonry, metalwork and plaster, and brave the torture chambers if you dare.

Published in: June 2017

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