Lady Waterford Hall and Gallery
Situated in the heart of North Northumberland on the beautiful Ford & Etal Estates, this stunning building, a 'must see venue' won the Hudson's Heritage "Best Hidden Gem" award in 2015. Built as a school it now houses a unique collection of magnificent watercolour murals (1861-1883) and smaller original paintings/sketches by Louisa Waterford, one of the most gifted female artists of her time. Many family activities are offered, including dressing up and Victorian games for children or the child in you.
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
- Parking onsite
- Parking nearby
- Fully accessible
- Facilities: Ramp
- Opening Times: Open Apr-Sep, daily 11-5. Also open late Mar & early Oct - check website for shorter opening times. Occasionally closed for private functions
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About The area
If it’s history you’re after, there’s heaps of it in Northumberland. On Hadrian’s Wall you can imagine scarlet-cloaked Roman legionaries keeping watch for painted Pictish warriors while cursing the English weather and dreaming of home. Desolate battlefield sites and hulking fortresses such as Alnwick, Dunstanburgh, Bamburgh and Warkworth are reminders that this, until not so very long ago, was a contested border region. The ruins of Lindisfarne bear witness to the region’s early Christian history.
Northumberland also has some of Britain’s best beaches. On summer days, and even in winter, you’ll see surfers and other brave souls making the most of the coast. Inland, there are some great walks and bike rides in the dales of the Cheviot Hills and the Simonsides – just hilly enough to be interesting, without being brutally steep. There's dramatic scenery in the High Pennines, where waterfalls plunge into deep valleys, and there are swathes of heather-scented moorland. Northumberland National Park covers over 400 square miles of moorland and valleys with clear streams and pretty, stone-built villages. It’s just the place for wildlife watching too. You’ll find flocks of puffins, guillemots and other seabirds around the Farne Islands, and seals and dolphins offshore.
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