Discover Northumberland: 5 Must-Visit National Trust Sites

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Discover Northumberland: Top 5 Must-Visit National Trust Sites

Northumberland, rich in history and natural beauty, is home to some of the most captivating National Trust sites in England. These locations, ranging from ancient fortresses to peaceful coastal estates, offer visitors an insight into Britain’s cultural heritage and picturesque landscapes. Here are the top five National Trust properties in Northumberland that you shouldn’t miss.

Cragside - Northumberland - United Kingdom

1. Cragside

Cragside stands as a monument to Victorian innovation, being the first house in the world illuminated by hydroelectric power. Constructed by the inventive Lord Armstrong in the 19th century, this estate combines historical architecture with ecological wonders. It is encircled by a vast rock garden, one of Europe’s largest, and features more than 40 miles of paths, numerous lakes, and a dense thicket of rhododendrons. A tour of Cragside is not merely a house visit—it’s an exploration of a pioneering blend of technology and natural beauty.

Couple with dog having a picnic in a park

2. Wallington

The ancestral home of the Trevelyan family, Wallington exudes a welcoming atmosphere amidst its historical grandeur. Its interiors boast an array of artistic marvels, including the stunning Pre-Raphaelite murals in its central hall. The surrounding estate, with its sprawling woods and riverside walks, is perfect for leisurely exploration. The garden’s vibrant displays and the family-friendly activities make it an ideal destination for visitors of all ages.

the Lindisfarne Castle on the Holy Islands

3. Lindisfarne Castle

Perched on Holy Island (synonymously referred to as Lindisfarne too) and accessible only during low tide via a causeway, Lindisfarne Castle offers visitors an extraordinary mix of history and rugged landscape. This 16th-century stronghold, originally constructed to protect the English shore from invaders, later served as an enchanting retreat for Edward Hudson. With its spectacular coastal views and mystical ambiance, the castle is a perfect spot for those seeking a blend of historical intrigue and natural splendour.

Aerial panorama landscape of the ancient ruins of a Northumbrian castle at sunrise

4. Dunstanburgh Castle

The majestic ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle stand prominently along the Northumberland coast, reached by a picturesque walk from Craster. Built in the 14th century, these ruins evoke the area’s medieval past and provide stunning coastal vistas. Ideal for history buffs and nature lovers alike, the castle offers a dramatic setting for a scenic stroll or a reflective sunset viewing.

By Alan J. White - taken by me with Canon Digital Ixus 50 camera, CC BY-SA 3.0,

5. Seaton Delaval Hall

As one of the National Trust’s more recent additions, Seaton Delaval Hall is a masterpiece of Baroque architecture that was once the seat of the vivacious Delaval family. Following extensive restoration, the hall and its grounds are a fascinating showcase of both the architectural ingenuity and the intriguing social history of its former residents. Its balanced gardens and the impressive Great Hall invite visitors to wander through time and elegance.

Having fun. Happy family of father, mother and little daughter is in the forest

Tips for Your Visit

Before setting out, be sure to verify the latest opening hours and accessibility details on the National Trust website, as these can change with the seasons. For frequent visitors, becoming a National Trust member can provide great benefits, including free entry and parking at over 500 locations nationwide.

Each of these sites offers a unique perspective on the history and natural beauty of Northumberland, making them essential stops for anyone visiting the region. Whether you’re drawn by the allure of historical narratives, the serenity of nature, or simply a picturesque day out, Northumberland’s National Trust properties are sure to enrich your travel experience.

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