Tyne and Wear Historic and Architectural Properties and Gardens

Castles, Abbeys, Churches, Houses, Estates and Gardens, Industrial Heritage attractions and museums (English Heritage / National Trust / others)

Along with the attractions listed on this page you may also find places of interest on the Tyne and Wear Attractions and Nature pages. We suggest that you also visit the pages for the neighbouring counties to see what else there is in the area.

We support ‘Accessible Countryside for Everyone’ in providing a brief guide as to the access / facilities for the sites listed, where we have them.


Gibside (National Trust) - winding paths, open spaces, elegant buildings and ruins, adventure play area and woodland play trail, walled garden, cafe, local farm shop - Powered mobility vehicles and wheelchairs to borrow, Wheelchair and buggy-friendly shuttle bus, accessible toilets in Market Place and at Stables, baby-changing facilities, stair climber gives access to chapel for visitors with reduced mobility


Path Head Water Mill - Blaydon on Tyne - heritage site and working museum with a restored and operational water wheel - Sensory Garden, Wild Flower Garden, wooded walks - Disabled toilets, Single level for pushchairs and wheelchairs


The Ryhope Engines Museum based on the Ryhope Pumping Station, built in 1868 to supply water to the Sunderland area, ceased operation in 1967 - Steam engines, pumps, industrial heritage - we have no accessibility info for this site


St Marys lighthouse - Whitley Bay - completed in 1898, remained operational until 1984, is reached between the tides via a short causeway, visitor centre, Nature Reserve contains an area of rockpools, clifftop grassland, a beach and newly created wetland habitats - we have no accessibility info for this site


Souter Lighthouse and The Leas (National Trust) - Built in 1871 Souter was the first lighthouse in the world purpose built to use electricity, two and a half mile stretch of, cliffs, see seabirds and wild flowers. - Mobility toilet on ground floor, accessible from outside


Tynemouth Castle and Priory - moated castle-towers, gatehouse and keep are combined with the ruins of the Benedictine priory where early kings of Northumbria were buried. Life in the Stronghold' exhibition, 13th century chapel, restored gun battery and cannons - Most parts accessed on firm, level path, except gun battery (limited access) and within gatehouse (steps at entrance). More steps inside. Access to priory via 40m of smooth grass; manual wheelchair users may wish to bring an assistant. Two wheelchairs are available on loan.


Washington Old Hall (National Trust) - stone manor house and gardens, tea-room, associated with the family of George Washington - Mobility toilet on ground floor, Access to lower garden via steps or new garden lift


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