BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
A converted flour mill set on the edge of the Tyne, with its constant rotation of exhibitions, the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art was the 1st gallery to host the Turner Prize outside of London or Liverpool.
Perched on the Quayside, from the outside, with its structure of glass and steel, the Sage looks like a sea-shell from the future. Inside, it is a centre for music of all kinds – with engineered acoustics of world-class proportions.
Centre for Life
Alongside being a leading centre for medical research, the Centre for Life is an award-winning visitor attraction: with interactive exhibitions that encourage visitors to participate in laboratory experiments!
One of fewer-than-ten Grade I listed theatres in England, set on John Betjeman’s favourite Grey Street, the Theatre Royal is often considered to be the most elegant. Each Year, the Theatre Royal puts on an enviable roster of entertainment – from Shakespeare to dance, comedy, music and beyond.
One Northumberland’s prettiest and quaintest coastal villages, at the mouth of the River Aln, Alnmouth overlooks a Bay of movie-set proportions.
The centre-piece of this small, historic Village, Warkworth Castle is famous for its well-preserved Medieval castle, church and hermitage – the perfect visitor attraction for budding historians!
Famed for its smoked kippers, this small fishing village offers visitors a unique view, along its rocky shores, of the ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle.
Nestled cosily between Craster and Longhoughton, Howick’s cliffs, caves and coves make it a favourite for ‘coasteering’ – a sport that entails hurtling off cliff-faces and swimming under coves!
Ivory cottages overlook the arced beach, as windsurfers traverse the waves. And, if you don’t fancy rock-pooling or paddling, the village has its own microbrewery!
At the mouth of Seaton Burn, Seaton Sluice is quaint, coastal village with a sleepy harbour, pubs, shops and eateries. Its sandy beach grassy sand dunes sweep all the way to Blyth and, opposite, Collywell Bay is popular amongst the local fishermen.
Circa AD122, to protect against an insurgence of Barbarians from the North, Emperor Hadrian set about erecting a giant wall – to transcend the width of Britain! For 300 years, Segedunum (or Strong Fort) was home to 600 Roman soldiers – guarding the Eastern end of the Wall. Now a World Heritage Site and much-acclaimed visitor centre, Segedunum is a flagship site for those seeking to learn more about this fascinating aspect of our history.
Overlooking Tynemouth pier and imposing atop the rocky headland, the ruins of this Benedictine Priory mark the spot where the early Kings of Northumberland were buried! And there’s fuel for budding historians – by way of some of the best fish and chips in the North East!
Truly in the mould of a classic, British seaside resort, Whitley Bay’s attractions include Blue Reef Aquarium, Stephenson Railway Museum, Wet 'N' Wild water park and Hadrian's Wall – ideal for family days out of all kinds!
St Mary’s Lighthouse
Perched on a small, rocky tidal island, St Mary’s Lighthouse is only accessible – via a narrow causeway – whilst the tide is out! Decommissioned but, now, open to visitors, it’s worth the trip for unparalleled views of the North East coast.
Dominating the shores from Amble to Creswell, the 7-mile stretch of glorious beach makes for one of the most beautiful coastal walks in the British Isles.
With history recorded as far back as 6th Century AD, another tidal island, the Holy Island of Lindisfarne is the home of the iconic Lindisfarne Castle and a centre of Celtic Christianity!
A grade I listed building, the medieval Chillingham Castle, as well as being steeped in regal history (and, allegedly, haunted), is also home to Chillingham Cattle – a rare breed indeed!
Previously the most Northern town in the Roman Empire, as well as its Roman heritage, Corbridge Rugby Club also hosts the annual Tynedale Beer & Cider Festival!
Just South of Hadrian’s Wall, Vindolanda was a Roman Fort, occupied between AD85 and AD370, that guarded Stanegate. Now an archaeological site and museum, the visitor centre is home to the Vindolanda Tablets – the oldest handwritten documents in Britain!
St Mary's Inn
St Mary's Inn and B&B, near Morpeth in Northumberland, is about warmth and generosity whether you come to eat, drink or stay: friendly hospitality, flavoursome food, comfortable bedrooms. Centre of this mini-universe, St Mary's Inn is the ideal base for anyone visiting Northumberland.
TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF ST MARY’S INN, 22/03/2020
Dear Family and Friends of St. Mary’s Inn,
We are absolutely committed to the well-being, health and safety of our guests and staff.
The COVID-19 virus is rapidly spreading throughout the world and each Government is following their own strategy to minimise the impact on their people.
The UK Government have advised most recently that people should avoid pubs, theatres, clubs, and by implication, restaurants, though businesses are left to make their own operational choices based on their unique circumstances.
This is a rapidly changing situation and in order to ensure we put our guests and staff at the front of our considerations we have made the decision to temporarily close the Inn effective from 19:00hrs, Sunday, 22nd March 2020.
We will keep everyone advised as the situation changes and look forward to welcoming you all back at the earliest possible time and in accordance with future Government and WHO advice.
We wish the people of the village of Stannington, our guests who travel so far to see us, and our loyal staff and your families well through this difficult time.
The St. Mary’s Inn team