Properties and events in North East 2017

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Bowes in the Footsteps of Charles Dickens

Prospect House, Bowes, Barnard Castle, County Durham, DL12 9LG

Walking tours of the village following in the footsteps of Charles Dickens and his illustrator "Phiz" (Hablot Knight Browne). Dickens and Phiz…

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Reference Library & Archives Reading Room

The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, County Durham, DL12 8NP

Visit the purpose-built Reference Library and Archives Reading Room at the top of The Bowes Museum's central dome to see a display of documents…

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Auckland Castle: Hands-on Heritage

Auckland Castle, Market Place, Bishop Auckland, County Durham, DL14 7NR

Auckland Castle, once a private palace for the Prince Bishops of Durham, is being returned to its Georgian Gothic opulence, due to reopen in May…

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Auckland St Andrew’s Church

St Andrew's Church, St Andrew's Road, South Church, Bishop Auckland, County Durham, DL14 6SP

A fine Grade I listed church, built around 1274CE as a Collegiate Church, with a dean, 12 canons and 12 vicars. The church is of cruciform plan…

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Binchester Roman Fort

Binchester Roman Fort, Bishop Auckland, County Durham, DL14 8DJ

Visitors will be able to view the exceptionally well-preserved remains of not just one but two Roman bath-buildings. One of these stands in the…

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The Anker’s House Museum

The Ankers House Museum, Chester-le-Street, County Durham, DH3 3QB

Visitors have access to the oratory of a medieval anchorite (Religious recluse) plus a view of artefacts from Chester-le-Street's Roman,…

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St Cuthbert’s Parish Church

St. Cuthberts Parish Church, Market Place, Darlington, County Durham, DL1 5QG

Grade I listed Anglican Church with Norman foundations, 14th century belfry and font, 15th century misericords and the oldest wooden roof within…

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Durham Cathedral - Open Garden

The Cathedral Office Durham Cathedral, The College, Durham, County Durham, DH1 3EH

The Cathedral is joining in Heritage Open Days. The allotment garden, on the South Bailey, is where the Cathedral grows flowers for display and…

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Durham Museum and Heritage Centre, St Mary-le-Bow

Durham Museum and Heritage Centre, St Mary-le-Bow, North Bailey, Durham, County Durham, DH1 3ET

St Mary-le-Bow was once the parish church of North Bailey, closed in 1968, and now leased to the Bow Trust who run it as a museum of local and…

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Durham School Chapel & School

Chapel Hill, Durham, County Durham, DH1 4SZ

Durham School Chapel was completed and consecrated in 1926 as a memorial to the 103 Old Dunelmians who died in conflict during World War I. The…

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Durham Town Hall and Guildhall

Durham Town Hall, Market Place, Durham, County Durham, DH1 3NJ

Do not miss this rare opportunity to discover a hidden gem of Durham, dating back to the 14th century the complex and atmospheric Durham Town Hall…

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Old Durham Gardens

Old Durham, Benthouse Lane, South of Sherburn Road (A181), Durham, County Durham, DH1 2RY

Restored 17th to early 18th century formal gardens. A listed historic stone gazebo structure, walled garden which this year has newly planted…

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Sherburn Hospital Gardens and Chapel

Sherburn Hospital, Sherburn House, Durham, County Durham, DH1 2SE

A chance to see this attractive ensemble of Grade II* and II listed stone buildings set around a grass court in fine gardens. Originally a…

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St John’s College and St Mary the Less

St. Johns College, 3 South Bailey, Durham, County Durham, DH1 3RJ

Founded in 1909, St John’s College boasts a welcoming and diverse community, unlike any other Durham college. Alongside its functionality as a…

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The Chorister School

The Chorister School, The College, Durham, County Durham, DH1 3EL

A rare opportunity to visit The Chorister School, Durham, educating girls and boys aged 3 to 13 as boarding and day pupils. As the only…

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Waddington Street Centre

Waddington Street, Durham, County Durham, DH1 4BG

Mission Statement: Effective Mental Health support through life skills and opportunities. Waddington Street Centre is a thriving and innovative…

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Wheatley Hill Heritage Centre

Cemetery Lodge, 25 Woodlands Avenue, Wheatley Hill, Durham, County Durham, DH6 3JY

The Wheatley Hill Heritage Centre is a small museum, formerly the village chapel of rest, dedicated to remembering our coal mining past. The…

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Killhope - The North of England Lead Mining Museum

Killhope - The North of England Lead Mining Museum, Upper Weardale, Lanehead, County Durham, DL13 1AR

Killhope The North of England Lead Mining Museum is a multi-award winning attraction and is situated 450 metres (1500 feet) above sea level in…

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Discover Derwentcote Steel Furnace

Derwent Cote Steel Furnace, Forge Lane, Hamsterley Colliery, Newcastle upon Tyne, County Durham, NE17 7RS

A rare opportunity to see inside this 18th century furnace and experience authentic history for yourself. Learn how wrought iron was turned into…

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East Durham Heritage & Lifeboat Centre

East Durham Heritage & Lifeboat Centre, Seaham Harbour Marina, Seaham, County Durham, SR7 7EE

The East Durham Heritage & Lifeboat Centre seeks to pass on to the wider community information and knowledge about the history and heritage of…

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Brusselton Incline and Soho Engine Shed

Remains of the Stockton & Darlington Railway, Brusselton Incline, Shildon, County Durham, DL4 1PQ

Walks will commence from the Soho Engine Shed at the western end of Locomotion, the National Railway Museum at Shildon (DL4 1PQ) at 11.00 on…

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Locomotion: The National Railway Museum at Shildon

Locomotion, The National Railway Museum at Shildon, Dale Road Industrial Estate, Shildon, County Durham, DL4 2RE

A special heritage themed tour has been designed for visitors who wish to learn about the growth and decline of the railway industry and its…

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DLI Collection Research and Study Centre

Unit 1-2, Greenhills Business Park, Enterprise Way, Spennymoor, County Durham, DL16 6JB

The Durham Light Infantry Collection tells the story of one of the most famous county regiments in the British Army. More importantly, it tells…

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Hardwick Park

Durham County Council, Sedgefield, Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham, TS21 2DN

Hardwick Park is a Country Park with a difference. As a restored 18th century parkland, it is comparable to the famous gardens of Stourhead and…

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Bailiffgate Museum & Gallery

Bailiffgate Museum, 14 Bailiffgate, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 1LX

Situated in an old church building Bailiffgate Museum and Gallery has a mixture of original artefacts, panels to read and interactive displays…

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Belford Hidden History Museum - Focus On Waren Mill and Budle

11 Market Place, Belford, Northumberland, NE70 7NE

See photos of Waren Mill and Budle from the past, learn about the people who lived and worked there,the long history of the mill and the terrible…

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Ecological Self Build House

1 West Back Lane, Belford, Northumberland, NE70 7NR

Self build house under construction, (phase 1 complete; phase 2 ongoing). Structural timber post and beam; using locally grown and milled timber,…

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Bank Hill Icehouse

Bank Hill, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland

Leading to deep within Bank Hill is a mysterious tunnel. It opens to the vast cool cavern of the icehouse built around 1786 –1799. Join the…

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Gunpowder Magazine

Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, TD15 1JG

This purpose-built ammunition store was constructed in 1751 to provide safe storage of explosives required by the garrison at the nearby Barracks.…

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Old Coastguard Station

Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland

Commanding superlative views of the beautiful north Northumberland coast, the Old Coastguard Tower was built in 1964 but four years later, was…

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Union Chain Bridge

Union Chain Bridge, Horncliffe, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, TD15 2XT

A first as HODs crosses into Scotland! The Union Chain Bridge spans the River Tweed between Horncliffe in England and Fishwick, in Scotland. It…

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Royal Northumberland Yacht Club, South Harbour Blyth

Royal Northumberland Yacht Club, South Harbour, Blyth, Northumberland, NE24 3PB

HY TYNE: A WOODEN LIGHT VESSEL Built in 1879 as a light vessel for Trinity House with a hull construction similar to an 18th century fighting…

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Allen Smelting Mill Tour

Allen Mill, Allendale, Hexham, Northumberland, NE47 9EQ

Allen Smelting Mill, at the height of its production in the mid 1800's, has been described as an enormous lead factory. Over the last 2 years…

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Allen Valleys - Old Allendale Railway Station

Station House, Catton, Hexham, Northumberland, NE47 9QF

Allendale Caravan Park are leading a short tour of the railway remains on the old station and a chance to see railway pictures and documents in…

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Four weddings and a funeral - tea and tales from Isaac’s hearse house

Chapel Bank, Ninebanks, West Allen, Hexham, Northumberland, NE47 8DB

Step back to mid-Victorian Northumberland for a memorable visit to a historic building which until recently has been overlooked. Hear the strange…

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Hexham Abbey

Hexham Abbey, Beaumont Street, Hexham, Northumberland, NE46 3NB

Exhibition: Delving into the Past… Our conservation team have put together an exhibition of some of the items that have intrigued them as they…

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Hexham House of Correction Walk

Tyne Green Road, Hexham, Northumberland

There will be a guided walk through Hexham's historic tannery area en-route to the House of Correction. At the House of Correction, visitors will…

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The Black Barn

Burncliffe, Tow House, Hexham, Northumberland, NE47 7EQ

The Black Barn is a small Grade II* listed heather-thatched cruck-framed building dating from the early 18th century. The barn has been…

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The Heritage Centre, Bellingham

Bellingham Heritage Centre, Station Yard, Bellingham, Hexham, Northumberland, NE48 2DG

A gem of a museum situated at the old railway station, run entirely by volunteers and telling the story of rural and industrial life in the North…

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Horsley Organ Restoration Project

Holy Trinity Church, Horsley, Rochester, Northumberland, NE19 1TA

View and listen to a recently restored Nelson Organ with a fascinating history. Volunteers will be on hand to talk about the restoration…

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Masonic Hall Seaton Delaval

Masonic Hall, Station Road, Seaton Delaval, Whitley Bay, Northumberland, NE25 0PT

Seaton Delaval Masonic Hall will be open to explain the history of Freemasonry and the many national and local charities that have benefited from…

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Seaton Delaval Masonic Hall

Masonic Hall, Station Road, Seaton Delaval, Whitley Bay, Northumberland, NE25 0PT

Seaton Delaval Masonic Hall will be open to explain the history of Freemasonry and the many national and local charities that have benefited from…

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Tees Transporter Bridge

Transporter Bridge Visitor Centre, Ferry Road, Middlesbrough, Tees Valley, TS2 1PL

There will be an opportunity for visitors to take a trip to the top of the iconic Tees Transporter Bridge. Visitors can follow in the footsteps…

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Tanfield Railway

Tanfield Railway, Marley Hill Engine Shed, Burdon Plain, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear, NE16 5ET

Soak in the atmosphere of the oldest working engine shed in the world, used to house & repair steam locomotives since 1854. Enjoy close up our…

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The Pathology Centre Tour

Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear, NE9 6SX

Ever wondered what happens to your samples once they have been taken? How long does it take to process a sample? Generally the first step is…

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Monkseaton Quaker (Friends) Meeting House

23 Front Street, Monkseaton, Monkseaton, Tyne & Wear, NE25 8AQ

The Quaker Meeting House was originally built as a single storey cottage, with stone walls 20 inches thick, in the late eighteenth or early…

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A look Inside the Old Post Office

NBS, The Old Post Office, St. Nicholas Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear, NE1 1RH

Come and take a look inside the Old Post Office and see what now stands in place of stamps, telegrams and parcels! A prestigious building…

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Bessie Surtees House

41-44 Sandhill, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear, NE1 3JF

One of the last Tudor buildings in the Newcastle area, Bessie Surtees House provides an intriguing mix of architecture and romance, set against…

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Civic Centre Banqueting Suite and Lord Mayors Silver Gallery

Newcastle City Council, Civic Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear, NE1 8QH

Let us celebrate with HODS with a fantastic tour around the Civic Centre Banqueting and Lord Mayors Silver Gallery. The unique post-war modern…

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Explore the ocean-going yacht, James Cook

Newcastle City Marina, Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear, NE1 1LF

Ocean Youth Trust North (OYT North) is a charity based in the North East of England specialising in the personal development of young people…

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Fabulous! LGBTQI Walking Tour

Meet at the Blue Box entrance of the City Library on the corner of John Dobson Street and New Bridge Street West, 33 New Bridge St West, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear, NE1 8AX

Lesbian and gay history often gets overlooked, forgotten or lost. Sometimes this is accidental, sometimes deliberate, sometimes ideological, but…

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Flashback Friday - A History of Walker Park

Church Walk/ Scrogg Road/Wharrier Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear, NE6 3HR

Walker Park was originally laid out in 1888 on land that was part of Scrogg House Farm, and officially opened in 1891. Initially the park was…

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Grey’s Monument FULLY BOOKED

Grey Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear, NE1 5BQ

Grey’s Monument, erected in 1838 to commemorate Earl Grey and his contribution to the passing of the Great Reform Bill. Designed by Benjamin…

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Jesmond Old Cemetery

Jesmond Old Cemetery, Jesmond Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear, NE2 1NL

Jesmond Old Cemetery is home to many of the Victorian men and women whom made the City of Newcastle what it is today. Fenwick, Bainbridge, Dobson,…

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Newcastle University: Armstrong Building and the Old Quadrangle

Armstrong Building, Newcastle University, Queen Victoria Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear, NE1 7RU

The Armstrong Building is intrinsically linked with the formation of Newcastle University and will be opening its doors to the public during the…

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Ouseburn Heritage Walks

Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear

Opportunities to explore the heritage of the Ouseburn Valley with local guides – this year following two historic routes that are no longer…

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St James’ Church and Graveyard, Benwell

Benwell Lane, Benwell, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear, NE15 6RR

St James' Church is one of the oldest buildings in Benwell. It was originally designed by John Dobson. The Church opened in 1833 when Benwell was…

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Tynemouth Lighthouse

Lighthouse Roundhead, North Shields, Tyne & Wear

North Pier Lighthouse at the mouth of the river Tyne - the foundation stones of the Pier were laid in 1854 and lighthouse built soon after. The…

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Marine Park Heritage Walk

South Marine Park, Sea Road, South Shields, Tyne & Wear, NE33 2LD

Meet at the Tyne Lifeboat near Haven Point for the start of the walk. The Friends of the Park will lead a walk through both North and South…

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South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade Watch House

South Pier, South Promenade, South Shields, Tyne & Wear, NE33 2JZ

This year South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade was awarded Freedom of the Borough of South Tyneside in recognition of its remarkable record of…

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South Shields, Always Ready

Arbeia Roman Fort & Museum, Baring Street, South Shields, Tyne & Wear, NE33 2BB

This new event for Heritage Open Days is a walk focussing on the interesting South Shields Maritime Heritage and the Town's Motto 'Always Ready'.…

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St Hilda’s Colliery

St Hilda's Industrial Estate, Station Road, South Shields, Tyne & Wear, NE33 1RA

St Hilda’s Headstock is one of the last remaining buildings in the former Durham Coalfield. This heritage event is a special opportunity to…

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The Word - Tour

The Word, 45 Market Place, South Shields, Tyne & Wear, NE33 1JF

The newly opened building of The Word, National Centre for the Written Word, is South Tyneside Council’s new state-of-the-art cultural venue.…

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Donnison School Heritage and Education Centre

The Donnison School Buildings, Church Walk, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear, SR1 2BJ

The Donnison School is a rare Georgian schoolroom that dates from 1798 and is adjoined by an 1827 Headmistress School House. Visitors can come…

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Emmanuel Church

Emmanuel Church, Hudson Road, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear, SR1 2AQ

This church was originally the first German church in Sunderland and was only the second in the country. It was opened on Sunday 16th November…

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Royal Artillery Club

Royal Artillery Association Club, 10-11 Mary Street, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear, SR1 3NH

A collection of military and regimental memorabilia from different periods from Aug 1914 onwards. The refurbished upstairs function room has the…

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Sunderland Quaker Meeting House

30 Roker Park Road, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear, SR6 9PG

Sunderland Quaker Meeting House is over 100 years old and has beautiful features from both the Arts and Crafts period and the Art Nouveau era.…

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Sunderland Volunteer Life Brigade Watch House

Pier View, Roker, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear, SR6 0PR

Founded in 1877 as a life saving service the Brigade is one of only three Volunteer Life Brigades left in the country. Help us celebrate our 140th…

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