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    Alnwick Castle (Alnwick) – Alnwick Castle is the second largest inhabited castle in England, home to earls and dukes since 1309. The castle itself is pretty spectacular, but kids may be more thrilled to recognize the grounds as Hogwart's "quidditch pitch” in Harry Potter. Open March - October.
    Saltburn Smugglers Heritage Centre (Saltburn-by-the Sea) – The steep cliffs of Yorkshire were the perfect spot for smuggles to cache their illegal goods. Visit the Smugglers Heritage Centre located in an old fisherman's cottage to find out more about John Andrews, the local big- time smuggler.
Durham Cathedral
  Durham Castle and Cathedral (Durham) – Durham Cathedral, a World Heritage Site, is the heart of Durham city. This is no airy Gothic cathedral, but a solid chunky Norman style church that houses the tomb of the Venerable Bede, England's first historian. Climb up the tower for great views of the city. After you seen the cathedral, take a long walk on paths along the River Wear, or relax in Wharton Park in the city center.

Beamish Open Air Museum (Beamish) – The open air museum, on 300 acres, demonstrates life in north England in 1800's and early 1900's. Stop in at the village school, the sweet shop or see a complete coal miner's village or farm.

Northumberland National Park – Northumberland National Park extends from Cheviot Hills on the Scottish board on the north, to Hadrian's Wall in the south. Breamish Valley is excellent for walks, biking or picnics. Alwinton has spectacular views, rolling hills and valleys. Get maps at the Visitor's Centres, Once Brewed at Bardon Mill, Rothbury in Rothbury Village, Ingram in the Breamish Valley.

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