Days out and attractions
With a fantastic selection of attractions to choose from in County Durham, you’ll be spoilt for choice when you stay at Riverside. Take a look at our top picks of local attractions below.
Ford & Etal Estates
One destination, over 20 attractions
Just a stone’s throw from Wooler, there is something for everyone at Ford & Etal Estates. With so much to see and do, you can easily spend a day, or more, at Ford & Etal. From a working corn mill to the steam railway, and the ‘old school’ in Ford to the Heavy Horse Centre, no matter what your age or interest your day out will be filled with fun!
Guests and owners at Riverside can take advantage of a 15% discount on entry to Heatherslaw Cornmill and Lady Waterford Hall by showing their key card (holiday guests) or rewards card (owners).
Take in stunning 18th century landscaped gardens
A historic home offering over 80 acres of woodland, parkland, gardens and more, Paxton House offers a fantastic selection of walks, wildlife and scenery. The house offers boat trips, net fishing, tours and exhibitions for adults to enjoy, and there are activities such as den building and teddy trails to entertain the kids. There is also an adventure playground complete with zip wire and activities such as pond dipping and craft making during the school holidays.
Experience a ghostly chill
Just 20 minutes from the seaside, Chillingham Castle is a great place to explore, with Gardens, Lakes and Parkland a plenty, the castle itself offers tours of the State Rooms, Dungeons and Torture Chamber! With ghosts often reported over the years, the castle offers it’s own Ghost Tour on an evening, can you find the Blue Boy, Lady Mary Berkley or the torturer? This historically significant site is a great way for the whole family to learn about the history of the area with links to William Wallace and King Edward I. The site also offers the chance to visit the Chillingham Wild Cattle, the only herd of purebreds in the world. Due to the danger associated with these animals you’ll be provided with a warden who will keep the whole family safe and tell you all about the Cattle.
Take in the ancient capital of the Kingdom of Northumbria
Bamburgh and it’s castle have played an important part of the County’s history. You can learn all about the history of the area, Bamburgh Castle and its inhabitants in the fourteen public areas. There are over 3,000 items including arms, armour, glass, china, furniture and artwork to view. Bamburgh Castle offers an extensive programme of events throughout the year, featuring woodworking lessons, reenactments and theatre shows.
Holiday guests at Riverside can take advantage of a 10% discount by showing their key card, and owners from Riverside can show their rewards card for 20% off (excludes family tickets). Show your cards at the ticket office for your discount.
Bird spotting on the famous sanctuaries
Famous for its puffins, seals and other seabirds the Farne Islands are the perfect choice of a day out for any nature lover. Why not take a boat trip out to the islands and see how many you can spot. With 28 islands making up the Farne Islands, there are only two that you can land on but once you do, there is plenty to see. There are 23 species of seabird, including around 37,000 pairs of puffins, and in the autumn the islands are renowned for spotting seal pups, with more than 1,000 born each year. The islands have a strong Celtic Christianity link and St Cuthbert lived in the 7th century. You can also take a trip to the visitor centre to find out more about these magnificent islands.