Visits

Our talented, well-trained Group Leaders will accompany you and enhance the learning benefits of each visit and our educational resources become a means of retention and useful reference for the future.

We can handle transport if you’d prefer and the admission fees for all of our excursions can be included in your booking price.

Choose from:

Excellent half-day trips nearby

Ford village: Re-built, including the school and Ford Smiddy, by benefactress Lady Waterford, who inherited the Castle from her husband and whose watercolours are still displayed in the Hall, just a short walk from the Castle

Flodden Field: Right on our doorstep, just 5 minutes away, this walk explores the battlefield including the monument and Branxton Church

Berwick: We’re just half an hour from this border town, built to withstand attackers, from both sides, and still, allegedly, at war with Russia! The walk around the walls is both interesting and scenic, or you can visit the Berwick Barracks Museum.

Chain Bridge Honey Farm: Watch a live colony of bees in the observation hive and then buy their honey. Great stop-off as part of a visit to Berwick.

Holy Island: It’s a monk’s life! Source of the richly illuminated Lindisfarne Gospels, first site on the British mainland to be ‘visited’ by the Vikings and a wealth of geography and seashore life to be explored, along with the fabulous Northumbrian beaches, all just half an hour away. Visits to Holy Island must be timed to coincide with low tide.

Bamburgh: Just south of Lindisfarne, the former capital of Anglo Saxon Northumbria, with its iconic castle and home to the courageous Grace Darling.

Farne Islands: From Seahouses’ pretty harbour, about 45 minutes from the Castle, you can take a boat trip and explore the Farnes, with their unique wildlife, fascinating history and geology. Boat trips are between 1½ and 4 hours, the longer ones landing on the islands

Dunstanburgh: Slightly further south of Seahouses and about an hour away from Ford, is Dunstanburgh Castle, accessible via a bracing but beautiful coastal walk, of about half an hour, from Craster

 

Worth a full day’s excursion

Alnwick Castle: A little further inland, home to Harry Potter during his early Hogwarts days and now equipped with excellent teaching resources.
The gardens include captivating water cascades, Poison Garden, Bamboo Labyrinth and massive Treehouse, worth investigation in their own right.
Less than an hour away, with a lot to pack into a day’s visit

Cragside: Victorian wonder, powered by hydro-electricity and full of fascinating gadgets. The dramatic and varied estate includes a rhododendron maze and one of the oldest surviving iron bridges. Less than an hour away, with excellent learning centre, play area and inventions.

Edinburgh: For those not familiar with Edinburgh, this stunning, royal city has an abundance of things to see and do including: the Castle, Museum of Childhood, the Royal Yacht Britannia, or for older visitors, the Edinburgh Dungeon but why not take in The Royal Mile, the Grassmarket and Flodden Wall whilst visiting? An hour and 45 minutes away, there’s more than enough to keep your party happy for a day.

Roman Wall: Placed, as we are, on the border of England and Scotland, we certainly could not leave out THE WALL. What did the Romans ever do for us? Find out at Vindolanda and Segedunum. Both sites, on Hadrian’s Wall, are highly interactive and reveal the secrets of Roman life and just why such a huge barrier was built. Segedunum is about one hour and 45 minutes away at Wallsend, Vindolanda is to the west of that.

Durham: Cathedral city and, indeed, “perfect little city” according to Bill Bryson, crammed with treasures including the Cathedral, the Castle, the DLI Museum and Art Gallery and The Treasures of Durham University, but there are some very pretty streets, views and bridges to take in along the way

Beamish Museum: Close to Durham and an opportunity for children find out first-hand what life was like for their great-grandparents, especially in the classroom! There are great resources here, with fantastic, interactive learning.

Ideal stop-off for schools visiting us from the South

York: Steeped in history, there’s so much to do, you may wish to include an overnight stay. If you’re travelling north, this is a great opportunity to visit the Minster, the Jorvik Viking Centre, the Castle Museum or National Railway Museum. For older visitors, there’s the York Dungeon. Either en route to Ford, or on the way home again, why not take a break and amble through the Shambles or a cruise along the Ouse?