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Attractions that shelter from the weather

Rainy Days

The fun doesn’t have to stop just because the sun isn’t shining! We’ve lots of wet weather attractions where you can enjoy yourself undercover.

Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens

Near Morpeth. Admission charge. Car parking. Toilets. Cafe. Dogs allowed in the grounds. Visit for: The unfurnished Hall and its soaring pillars, the ruined medieval castle with stunning views from the top of the tower and the 30 acres of grounds. The unique Quarry Garden is full of ravines and exotic plants, and the snowdrops in February are just magical. For more, click here.

Chillingham Castle

Near Alnwick. Admission charge. Car parking. Toilets. Cafe. Visit for: A chance to follow in the footsteps of royalty to see this beautiful castle, dating from the 12th century. There are also formal gardens laid out by Capability Brown and woodland walks. For more, click here.

Wallington House, Gardens and Estate

Near Cambo. Admission charge. Car parking. Dogs allowed in the grounds. Toilets. Cafe. Visit for: A friendly stately home packed with treasures such a pre-Raphaelite paintings and beautiful antique furniture. Explore the walled garden, rose gardens woodland and parkland. The influence of Capability Brown, born in nearby Cambo, can be seen throughout the 100 acres.  For more, click here.


Chesters Roman Fort in Northumberland National Park.

Chesters Roman Fort has a sheltered museum as well as the ruins outside.

Chesters Roman Fort and Museum.

Chollerford. Admission charge. Toilets. Car parking. Dogs allowed. Visit for: A fascinating collection of Roman artefacts discovered in Victorian times. Next door you can explore the magnificent ruins of the bath house and underground store house used by the Roman soldiers. For more, click here.

The Heritage Centre at Bellingham

Bellingham. Admissions charge. Car parking. Toilets. Cafe. Visit for: A genuine blacksmith’s forge, railway memorabilia, replica Reiver clan weapons and more in this fascinating family-friendly museum. You can even take tea on a train. For more, click here.

Hexham Moothall and Gallery

Hexham. Free. Visit for: Drink in the historic atmosphere of the vaulted cellars as you enjoy the art collections of local artisans and artists. School groups can arrange to visit the Moot Hall itself.

Did you know? The Moothall was the location of the banquets and trials of the Archbishop of York in the 15th century. It was a safe haven during Border Reiver raids.

Hexham Old Gaol by Kenneth Allen.

Hexham Old Gaol. Photo by Kenneth Allen.

Hexham Old Gaol

Hexham. Admission charge. Dogs allowed. Visit for: A diverting delve into this building’s turbulent history. A real-life dungeon and hands-on interactive experiences give a real insight into its 500 years as a place of justice and torment. For more, click here.

Housesteads Roman Fort and Museum

Hadrian’s Wall. Admission charge. Toilets. Car parking. Visit for: An atmospheric wander around the best-preserved Roman fort in Britain. The museum and its introductory film give great insight about these astonishing ruins. As the only stretch of wall you can legally walk on, the steep walk to the remains is worth it for the history and astonishing views. For more, click here.

Did you know? Just a short walk away is Sycamore Gap, known as The Robin Hood Tree.

Fenton Centre

Wooler. Free. Toilets. Cafe. Visit for: An insight into the agricultural and ecological world within Northumberland. An art gallery displays local artists. For more, click here.

Mr George’s Museum of Time

Haltwhistle. Admission charge. Visit for: A charming family-friendly watch and clock museum. Based on the children’s book ‘Mr George the Clock Man’ there are displays of antique clocks. Worth a second glance. For more, click here.

Roman Army Museum (Carvoran)

Near Haltwhistle. Admission charge. Car parking. Toilets. Visit for: A 3D film and three galleries packed with objects from the daily life of a Roman soldier. The museum is next to a section of Hadrian’s wall. For more, click here.

Tower Knowe Visitor Centre

Near Kield. Free. Car parking. Toilets. Dogs allowed. Cafe. Visit for: A great introduction to the fun of Kielder Water and Forest Park. The Explore gallery’s interactive guide gives some great tips about the best ways to enjoy this beautiful area. For more, click here.

Vindolanda in Northumberland National Park.

The museum at Vindolanda Roman Fort is full of treasures from the past.

Vindolanda Roman Fort

Near Chesterholm. Admission charge. Car parking. Toilets. Cafe. Visit for: A dose of the Roman frontier pre-dating Hadrian’s Wall itself. The site is still being excavated in the summer. The amazing ruins include barracks and a bath house and there are replicas of a temple, shop and house. The museum is full of Roman treasures including leather purses, tent pegs and jewellery. For more, click here.

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