Berwick Museum And Art Gallery
The Clock Block, Ravensdowne
Barracks, Berwick TD15 1DG
Learn all about the history of Berwick as you walk through the recreated old town here. Meet
some of its fascinating characters and find out about the old ways of life (including the
Mayor’s power to sentence people to death), see how the sea shaped local industries, be transported back to the turbulent Middle Ages, or discover the most important art collection in public ownership in Northumberland.
St Aidan’s Church
Radcliffe Road, Bamburgh NE69 7AB
This parish church in the charming seaside village of Bamburgh has been a focus of pilgrimage over the centuries, welcoming tourists from both near and afar. In 635AD, a place of worship was founded on the site of the present church when St Aidan was invited by King Oswald to establish Christianity in the area. Traces of that wooden building can now be found inside the church’s Baptistery – and tradition has it that this is where St Aidan died in 651AD, now marked by a simple shrine that can be seen today.
Chillingham, Alnwick NE66 5NJ
Step inside this 13th century stronghold and you can lay claim to having visited Britain’s most haunted castle. Famed for the battles that have raged in and around its walls, this medieval fort is just 30 minutes from the seaside and is steeped in history – the galleries that you see today were added in the Tudor era (for the visit of King James VI of Scotland while en route to his English coronation), its magnificent gardens were landscaped by Capability Brown in the 18th century, and their Torture Chamber and Ghost Tours are sure to spook as the sea mist closes in.
Queen Elizabeth II
Country Park, Ashington NE63 9YF
This visitor attraction devoted to the North East’s mining history plays host to more than 80 original artworks by The Pitmen Painters – whose story inspired Billy Elliot writer Lee Hall. That’s not all to see here, though: the temporary exhibitions that roll up regularly are often innovative and always interesting.
Whitley Bay Ice Rink
Hillheads Road, Whitley Bay NE25 8HP
0191 291 1000
It doesn’t have to be winter to hit the rink – at Whitley Bay, you can get your skates on all year round, which is especially useful when the bad weather rolls in. They offer handy ice skating lessons for beginners, while the more experienced can step straight onto the ice. If you’re more of a spectator than a skater, be sure to check when the resident ice hockey team – the Whitley Bay Warriors – are playing.
Church Bank, Jarrow NE32 3DY
0191 424 1585
Built around 1785, Jarrow Hall House and the adjacent Bede Monastery Museum tells the
story of Bede – author, scholar, linguist and translator, who was widely regarded as the ‘father of English history’. Complemented by a number of replica timber- framed buildings on site (based
on structures excavated within Anglo-Saxon Northumbria), the Anglo-Saxon farm and village here is also home to the closest possible representatives of the farm animals that would have been present 1300 years ago. If the weather clears up, you can even explore their medieval physic garden too.
Sunderland Museum And Winter Gardens
Burdon Road, Sunderland
0191 561 2323
With a collection dating back to 1846, there are plenty of surprises to be found here – Wallace the Lion (part of a touring wild animal show which visited Sunderland during the 1800s), the first Nissan car to roll off the production line at the Sunderland factory, and the museum’s galleries, which cover the shipbuilding, glass and pottery industries from the Anglo-Saxon period to the modern day.
The Captain Cook Birthplace Museum
Stewart Park, Marton, Middlesbrough TS7 8AT
Did you know that the famous Captain Cook was born in the North East? Well, he was – in Marton, to be exact. His birthplace opened as a museum in 1978, on the 250th anniversary of his birth, and contains a number of items connected to the explorer and his seafaring adventures. Opens seasonally.
Bram Stoker’s Dracula Experience
9 Marine Parade, Whitby
This eerily-gripping show offers a unique tour through Bram Stoker’s famous story – taking you back
to 1885, when a Russian schooner ran aground in Whitby Harbour. Mysteriously, all the crew were already dead, and a huge black dog (known to be one of the many forms a vampire could take) was seen running up the steps towards Whitby Abbey...
North Bay Railway
Northstead Manor Gardens,
Scarborough YO12 6PF
This miniature railway is one of Scarborough’s top tourist attractions – but its not just action on the tracks. You can now explore the exhilarating SkyTrail, get your thrills on the historic waterchute, face the challenge of the waterballs or take things more leisurely on the boating lake too. And with the smallest pub in Yorkshire waiting for you at the end of the line, who could ask for more?
John Bull’s Candy Kingdom
65 Moor Lane, Carnaby,
Bridlington YO16 4UT
Dive headfirst into this delicious sensory experience – touch base with the manufacturing industry as you make your own chocolate; hear the history of the area’s premier confectioners; smell an assortment of tantalising aromas; see the secrets of rock and chocolate production unfold before your very eyes; and (our personal favourite) taste their incredible range of confectionary at the mouthwatering World of Rock.
William’s Den North Cave
Castle Farm, Wold Hill, North Cave, East Riding
William’s Den was born out of a childhood love of playing in the great outdoors, while creating an environment that would cater for families whatever the weather. Kids can run wild here, with a Den that houses an indoor tree house, forest glade, eagles nest and rainmaker – making it a perfect way to let off some steam when the bad weather rolls in.