7 National Trust Days Out with Children in the North East

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Have you thought about National Trust days out in the North East?

Some people are surprised to find out that the National Trust have lots of properties which are child-friendly, with most of them making great days out all through the year.

This area is no exception, with a number of National Trust days out in the North East including Victorian houses, estates with space outdoors to run around, and beautiful historic homes.

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Here are 7 National Trust days out in the North East that are great for families.


Cherryburn Cottage

Cherryburn cottage and farmhouse is the birthplace of Thomas Bewick. There is a toy corner for the children to enjoy as well as a family trail to encourage them to explore.

Helena, from Babyfoote, says: “Outside there is a small number of live stock including donkeys, llamas and chickens. The chickens were apparently recent additions to Cherryburn, having been taken from Bede’s World, which sadly closed recently. We found a little nature hunt activity in the school room and set out looking for the birds, though we were much too noisy and didn’t spot any”

Read Helena’s review of Cherryburn Cottage.



Cragside is an extraordinary Victorian house set in stunning gardens and woodlands. Make sure to check out the labyrinth, barefoot trails and adventure playground.

Sam at North East Family Fun writes “The labyrinth has it’s own car park but we decided to walk from the play area. It’s just under one mile on easy terrain and you are rewarded with spectacular views of the countryside. There are 4 ‘trim trails’ along the way too which help to break up the journey – they are basically mini obstacle courses….It is such a lovely place for a family walk.”

Find out more in Sam’s Cragside and The Labyrinth review.



Gibside has plenty of space to run wild and three different play areas which are sure to be a big hit. Play knights in the wooden fortress, explore caves in the nature playscape and build a den in the woodland area.

Sam from North East Family Fun writes “The Strawberry Castle play area which was the main reason for our visit [is] fantastic with mock castles and houses, a giant sand pit, water play (when in operation), rope swings, zip wires”

Discover more in Sam’s review of Gibside.


Penshaw Monument

Penshaw Monument is a great space to spend a few hours out in the open air. The views from the monument are stunning and the woods in a great place to explore and discover nature.

Helena, from Babyfoote, says: “Standing on top of the hill, there’s a fantastic panorama of the North East. If it’s a clear day you might be able to see as far as the Cheviot Hills 50 miles away, or spot the spire of Durham Cathedral to the South. At the top of Penshaw Monument, on weekends only between Easter and September, you can climb up a hidden staircase in one of the pillars and get even higher, for even more spectacular views”

Read Helena’s review to find out more about Penshaw Monument.


Seaton Delaval

Seaton Delaval has lots of wide open spaces too burn off some energy and some secret spots for a quiet family picnic, there is also a great adventure playground, trails to explore and the opportunity to do a bit geocaching.

Sam, from North East Family Fun, says: “Steve and I then had a seat while the kids rolled down hills and generally ran about playing hide and seek in the formal gardens. Then we ended our day via the natural play area on our way back to the car”

Read Sam’s review of Seaton Delaval.


Wallington Hall

Wallington Hall is a fascinating historical house set in a stunning 13,000 acre estate, so there definitely plenty of space to stretch your legs!

Sam, from North East Family Fun, says: “We spent approximately four hours at Wallington and enjoyed some proper outdoor family fun. There is so much to see and do and we only just touched on some of the activities on offer”

Cat, from Here Come The Hoopers, says: “We headed back via the Adventure Playground and Play Fort which they really enjoyed. Imogen loves a good set of monkey bars at the moment and Abigail enjoyed the zip wire”

You can find two great reviews of Wallington Hall at North East Family Fun and Here Come The Hoopers.


Washington Old Hall

Washington Old Hall is the home of George Washington’s ancestors and walking through the rooms feels like you are walking through history. The gardens are beautiful and there is a family trail to help you explore.

Sam, from North East Family Fun, says: “The garden’s are beautiful and a joy to explore – we will definitely return in the Summer with a picnic. There is plenty of room for children to run about plus lots of little corners to quietly sit which is nice. The garden is a real haven for wildlife too with beehives, bird hides, ponds and various flowers growing in the grounds”

Read Sam’s review of Washington Old Hall.


I hope you enjoyed this guide to National Trust days out in the North East.

Looking for more National Trust days out across the country?

Read my guide to 100 Amazing National Trust Days Out With Children across the UK


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