Indoor Attractions in and around Northumberland to Escape the Winter Weather

Published: Friday 20th Nov 2015

Written by: The Grace Darling Holidays Team

Winter in the North-East of the UK can be challenging at times! If the weather is poor, outdoor activities have to be cancelled or postponed and with the evenings getting dark early, this can often leave you looking for alternative things to do.

There are plenty of indoor attractions in and around Northumberland if the weather does turn bad. They are all open during the winter, although some of them have limited opening times so you need to plan ahead and check with each attraction before travelling.

Some of these indoor attractions are listed below:

  • Lindisfarne castle, Holy Island

This is one of the UKs favourite castles in Northumberland. This castle was originally a Tudor Fort but was converted in 1903 to a private house. The rooms are small but full of intimate decoration and design. There is a charming walled garden that can be looked upon from the castle’s windows and there are also several 19th century lime kilns that can be admired.

Lindisfarne Castle can be accessed via a three-mile causeway and only during low tide. It is essential that you check the tide timings before crossing the causeway.

  • Chainbridge Honey Farm Visitor Centre, Berwick upon Tweed.

The visitor centre is open all year and features bee and vintage vehicles museums. This lets visitors learn first-hand the tale of bees and the production of honey. There is also a restored Routemaster bus that houses a café.

This aquarium has more than 40 naturally themed habitats that represent the North-east coast to tropical waters. The Blue reef Aquarium takes visitors on an exotic underwater journey where you can see seals, otters, seahorses and stingrays plus a lot more.

As well as the underwater journey, there is a tropical Amazonian rainforest that is home to monkeys, pygmy marmosets and tamarins.

There are also a regular talks and feeding programme for visitors to enjoy at various times during the day.

  • The Discovery Museum, Newcastle

This museum makes learning easy and fun and is a fun indoor must for families with young children. Full of interactive displays, you can discover the history of Newcastle as well as its maritime and military past. You can also take a tour through the museums fashion gallery.

  • Woodside Walled Garden, near Jedburgh on the Scottish Border

Woodside is a plant centre and café located within a beautiful old walled garden. There is a huge range of plants for sale and the café serves freshly prepared homemade food. There is a log-burning stove welcoming visitors on a cold winter day and you can watch the birds feeding on the feeders outside while you warm up. This makes for a cosy and comfortable afternoon. There is also work from local artists displayed on the café’s walls.

If the rain holds off, you can wrap up against the cold and take a walk in and around Woodside and discover its kitchen and wildlife gardens.

Accompany your days of winter discovery with a short break in one of the 4* and 5* luxury self-catering holiday cottages offered by Grace Darling Holidays. With outstanding accommodation located all over the North-East and the Scottish border, you will never be far away from local attractions meaning you don’t have to travel far if bad weather should arise. These cottages provide a fantastic retreat to return to after a long day and they are cosy and warm with many including an open log fire.

The Grace Darling Holidays Team
The Grace Darling Holidays Team


Your team of holiday experts in Northumberland.


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