Museums In & Around The North East


Arbeia, South Shields

About: Standing above the entrance to the River Tyne, Arbeia South Shields’ Roman Fort guarded the main sea route to Hadrian’s Wall. It was a key garrison and military supply base to other forts along the Wall and is an important part of the history of Roman Britain. Step into the fort and immerse yourself in the world of the Romans right in the heart of South Shields. Explore inside the full-scale reconstructed Roman buildings including the West Gate, Commanding Officer’s house and a soldier’s barrack block, and see one of the finest collections of finds from Roman Britain all found in and around Arbeia

Website: https://arbeiaromanfort.org.uk


Beamish, Durham

About: Beamish is a world famous, living & working, open air museum, telling the story of life in North East England during the 1820s, 1900s, 1940s and 1950s

Website: http://www.beamish.org.uk


Berwick-Upon-Tweed Barracks

About: Built in the early 18th century, the Barracks were among the first in England to be purpose built. The ‘By Beat of Drum’ exhibition gives you an insight into the life of the British infantryman from the Civil War to the First World War

Website: https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/berwick-upon-tweed-barracks-and-main-guard


The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle

About: The Bowes Museum is a hidden treasure, a jewel in the heart of beautiful Teesdale. Purpose built in the 19th century by John and Joséphine Bowes, the museum is filled with diverse collections that spans three floors of the magnificent building

Website: https://www.thebowesmuseum.org.uk


Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum, Saltburn-By-The-Sea

About: A legacy of blood, sweat and ironstone. Discover the people, communities
and industry behind Britain’s Land of Iron

Website: https://landofiron.org.uk


Discovery Museum, Newcastle

About: The Discovery Museum is a science museum and local history museum. It displays many exhibits of local history including the ship, Turbinia

Website: https://discoverymuseum.org.uk


Durham Museum & Heritage Centre

About: Durham Museum and Heritage Centre is a museum that details the history of the City of Durham from medieval times to the present day

Website: http://durhammuseum.co.uk


Eden Camp, Malton

About: Experience the sights, sounds and smells of life on the Home Front and the Front Line, all set in the buildings and grounds of an original World War 2 Prisoner of War Camp

Website: https://www.edencamp.co.uk


Great North Museum, Newcastle

About: The Great North Museum is a museum of natural history and ancient civilisations situated in Newcastle City Centre

Website: https://greatnorthmuseum.org.uk


Head Of Steam, Darlington

About: Museum of local rail history situated in restored 19th-century railway buildings, with antique steam engines.

Website: https://www.head-of-steam.co.uk


Hexham Old Gaol

About: This 14th-century prison now houses a museum with exhibits on history, music, weapons, armor & more.

Website: https://museumsnorthumberland.org.uk/hexham-old-gaol/


Housesteads Roman Fort, Hexham

About: English Heritage site of a Roman fort with a visitor centre, museum and guides in period costume

Website: https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/housesteads-roman-fort-hadrians-wall


Jarrow Hall

About: Discover the incredible world of Anglo-Saxon Northumbria at a historic and environmental oasis in the heart of South Tyneside. Set across 11 acres, Jarrow Hall features a museum dedicated to exploring the life and legacy of Bede, alongside an extensive Anglo-Saxon farm and reconstructed Anglo-Saxon dwellings

Website: https://jarrowhall.com


Killhope, Bishop Auckland

About: Tours of an old mine with displays on local mining history, with a play park and wildlife hides as well

Website: https://killhope.org.uk


Life Science Centre, Newcastle

About: Life Science Centre is the science centre of the North. They’re not like other museums where you’ll only find stuff in cases, here you’re encouraged to get stuck in: explore, create and have fun – whatever your age.

Website: https://www.life.org.uk


Locomotion

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National Museum Of The Royal Navy

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Newbiggin Maritime Museum

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Newcastle Castle Keep & Black Gate

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North East Land, Sea & Air Museum

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Preston Park

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RNLI Grace Darling Museum

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Ryhope Engines Museum

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Segedunum

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Seven Stories

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South Shields Museum & Art Gallery

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Stephenson’s Rail Museum

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Sunderland Winter Garden

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Vindolanda

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Woodhorn Museum

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Haven’t found what you’re looking for? Take a look at this blog post for Historic Attractions In And Around The North East https://northeasteats.home.blog/2021/04/13/historic-attractions-in-and-around-the-north-east/

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