Discover Northumberland – Our Top 5 National Trust Days Out

June 22, 2023 4:33 pm

Welcome to Northumberland, a land of captivating beauty and enchanting landscapes that have charmed visitors for centuries. Nestled in this picturesque county, the National Trust has preserved some of the most remarkable sites, offering a treasure trove of adventures that make a perfect day out for families, couples, friends or a solo trip. Explore our top five National Trust places in Northumberland, where history, nature, and adventure come together, below.

Cragside House and Gardens

Step into a world of innovation and grandeur at Cragside House and Gardens, a true marvel of Victorian engineering. Once the home of Lord Armstrong, this remarkable estate was the first in the world to be lit by hydroelectricity. Stroll through the magnificent gardens, bursting with vibrant colours, and discover the hidden corners and winding paths. Don’t miss the awe-inspiring Iron Bridge, which spans the tumbling Debdon Burn—a perfect spot for a romantic moment or a family photo.

Cragside - one of the top things to do in Northumberland as a family

Farne Islands
For nature enthusiasts and wildlife lovers, the Farne Islands are an absolute must-visit. Embark on an unforgettable boat trip and prepare to be amazed by the abundant birdlife, including adorable puffins and elegant terns. Keep your eyes peeled for curious seals basking in the sun or popping their heads above the waves. To access the Farne Islands, you can catch a boat from Seahouses Harbour.

See wildlife in Northumberland at Farne Islands

Nestled in the heart of Northumberland’s rolling countryside, Wallington is a true sanctuary for tranquillity seekers. Explore the enchanting gardens and take leisurely walks through the woodland, where ancient trees whisper secrets of the past. Uncover the intriguing history of the house, and marvel at the extensive Pre-Raphaelite art collection. With a delightful play area for children and relaxing tea rooms for adults, Wallington is top of our list for a full day of exploring.

Wallington national trust site - things to do in northumberland

Lindisfarne Castle
Perched on a rugged outcrop, overlooking the mystical Holy Island of Lindisfarne, stands the majestic Lindisfarne Castle. A visit to this National Trust gem is like stepping back in time. Explore the fascinating history of the castle, wander through its rooms with panoramic views, and let your imagination soar. Make sure to check the tide times and plan your visit accordingly, as the island is only accessible during low tide—a true adventure awaits!

Lindisfarne Castle - perfect day out in Northumberland

Hadrian’s Wall
No exploration of Northumberland would be complete without a visit to the iconic Hadrian’s Wall. This UNESCO World Heritage Site stretches across rugged landscapes, spanning approximately 73 miles. Step back in time and imagine the Roman soldiers who once patrolled this ancient frontier. Take a leisurely walk along the wall and soak in the breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. Engage with interactive exhibits at the Roman forts, such as Housesteads or Vindolanda, and uncover the rich history of this remarkable landmark. Hadrian’s Wall offers a truly immersive experience for families and couples seeking to delve into the past.

Accommodation within an hour of Hadrians Wall

Northumberland’s National Trust parks and sites are one of the top things to see and do with the family whilst holidaying in Northumberland. Whether you’re exploring the innovative wonders of Cragside House, venturing to the Farne Islands to witness incredible wildlife, or immersing yourself in the tranquillity of Wallington, each destination offers something different to explore – come rain or shine, these Northumberland tourist destinations have plenty of outdoor activities or things to keep everyone occupied and happy when it rains.

Sand & Castle holiday cottages are conveniently located near to all of the above days out, so after a fun day of exploring you can relax in our luxurious home-from-home self-catering accommodation. Discover late availability for this Summer and book your holiday in Northumberland today.