Set amid a 13,000-acre estate, Wallington is the fascinating home of Sir Charles Trevelyan, Socialist MP and ‘illogical Englishman’. A highlight of the house is the spectacular central hall, created when the original open courtyard was roofed over in the 1850s. Pre-Raphaelite artist William Bell Scott created eight large wall paintings recording 2,000 years of local history. The library, drawing room and dining room have beautiful plasterwork decoration by Pietro Lafranchini. Each room is a treasure trove of curiosities, and the house is surrounded by acres of lawns, lakes, woodland and farmland, with a hidden walled garden, colourful scented borders and an Edwardian conservatory. Kids will enjoy playing wild in the West Wood with its three separate play areas, visiting the wildlife hide and spotting rare red squirrels. The new Dragon Cycle Trail is suitable for riders of all abilities and is ideal for enjoying the views across Northumberland. There’s a great café, shop and plant centre. Photo credit: bridge & distant couple - John Millar
Facilities – at a glance
- Suitable for children of all ages
- Parking onsite
- Facilities: Wheelchairs available, lift
- Accessible toilets
- Open all year
- Opening Times: House open 10 Feb-4 Nov, daily 12-5. Walled Garden & estate open daily, 10-dusk
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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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