HISTORIC HOUSES & CASTLES
Wallington is a country house and gardens located about 12 miles west of Morpeth, Northumberland, England, near the village of Cambo. It has been owned by the National Trust since 1942, after it was donated complete with the estate and farms by Sir Charles Philips Trevelyan, the first donation of its kind. Visit the impressive home of Sir Charles and discover more about this remarkable man and his unconventional family. The house is surrounded by an informal landscape of lawns, lakes, woodland, parkland and farmland, just waiting to be explored. Don’t miss the hidden walled garden, nestled in the wood it remains a beautiful haven whatever the season.
Enter the world of Lord Armstrong - Victorian inventor, innovator and landscape genius. Armstrong was a man of several “firsts”. He created Cragside, the first house in the world to be lit by hydroelectricity along with the first proper installation of the electric light bulb. He was also the first international arms dealer, with much of the wealth used to create Cragside coming from the weapons he developed that were used in conflicts across the world. Cragside house was truly a wonder of its age. It is crammed full of ingenious gadgets – most of them still working. Beyond is a great woodland landscape with gardens and water courses to be explored along the miles of footpaths that crisscross the rugged hillside.
Prudhoe Castle has many a story to tell so a family day out to this Northumberland fortress is truly worthwhile. Built as part of a series of Norman Castles along the Tyne after the 1066 Norman conquest, Prudhoe was continuously occupied for over nine centuries. It was originally the home of the Umfravilles but was eventually taken over by the famous Percy family who restored it. Prudhoe survived two sieges during the 1170s and was the only Northumberland castle to resist the Scots.
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Alnwick Castle has over 950 years of history to discover, and the origins of the Castle date back to the Norman period. Since 1309, its story has been intertwined with that of the Percy family, a family with a history as illustrious as the castle’s own. The second largest inhabited castle in the UK, Alnwick has served as a military outpost, a teaching college, a refuge for evacuees, a film set, and not least as a family home. Delve deeper into this extraordinary history and travel through the centuries of this living, evolving castle.
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Belsay Hall & Castle
Boasting sweeping views over gentle rolling countryside, Belsay is set within the evocative landscape of Northumberland’s ‘border country’. The Belsay that visitors see today comprises three distinct but related elements: a medieval castle that was enlarged in the early 17th century, a Greek Revival mansion that superseded it as a family residence at the beginning of the 19th century, and an outstanding garden linking the two buildings. Much of this garden was created within the quarries that supplied the stone for the new house.