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The 11 best places to visit in the North East of England

The North East of England is a treasure trove of Britain's finest historic houses & gardens. Here we look at the best places to visit in the region.

Bamburgh Castle, Entrance

If you love castles and stately homes, a visit to the North East of England ticks all the boxes. From Alnwick Castle – as also seen in the Harry Potter franchise, to Raby Castle, Brancepeth Castle and Chipchase Castle, among others, the North East of England is the perfect day out for lovers of historic houses and gardens. See our top eleven suggestions for places to visit below, or view a map of the houses and gardens in the region here.

County Durham

Explore the Tees Valley

The Gardens of Wynyard Hall are a popular North East visitor destination. The Walled Garden is home to 3,000 David Austin roses and an interesting selection of trees and shrubs.

The Edible Garden houses vegetable plots filled with sumptuous home-grown produce that supplies the cafe and restaurant.

Wynyard Hall wedding

Explore the North East of England sustainably

You don’t have to jump in the car to explore the stunning historic houses and gardens of the North East, and we’re keen for you to explore alternative travel options to help us fight for a more sustainable future. We’ve therefore teamed up with Good Journey to help you find car-free options to explore the UK’s historic estates. Take a look at their website here.

Northumberland

Events in the North East

Don’t just visit historic houses and gardens. Experience them. There simply is no better place to attend a concert, watch an outdoor film screening, peruse a plant fair, or admire vintage cars than at a historic house or garden. Here, you can view a regularly updated list of the best events you can attend in the North East over the coming weeks and months.

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Raby Castle Entrance

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