Bellingham Heritage Centre
Bellingham Heritage Centre
4.5
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
The Heritage Centre tells the stories of the people of the North Tyne and Rede valleys through text, imagery, sound and, of course, objects. Our displays present the social, agricultural and industrial history of the area as well as a small section about the earlier Border Reivers. We opened in 1994 in a former garage on the main street in the village and renovated a redundant depot in Station Yard in 2000. Funding in 2008 allowed us to extend the centre to incorporate the Stannersburn Smithy and a new farming gallery. In 2011, another grant from the Heritage Lottery helped us buy two historic railway carriages which volunteers restored and fitted out as a tea room and a flexible learning space. We rely entirely on volunteers to run the Centre as we don’t receive any local or government funding. Admissions, sales, donations and bequests help us to preserve our heritage and share it with visitors.
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  • cloggygirl
    Aberdeen, United Kingdom44 contributions
    Fantastic museum
    A wee gem of a place, staff very friendly and engaging, our children loved the hunt the sheep and "tricky" find the animal activities as well as all the hands on exhibits. We'd done a few well known museums bu this point on our stay but this is the one our children are still talking about! A great way to find out about this beautiful part of the world.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 14 April 2023
  • Victoria W
    4 contributions
    Well worth a visit
    What a lovely place to visit. Very friendly and interesting history and memorabilia. Nice gift shop and fantastic cafe on the train. Homemade food which was brilliant and gluten free bread too. Well worth a visit.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 June 2023
  • sandra clifford
    Nottingham, United Kingdom82 contributions
    Great afternoon out.
    Really great place to visit. A lot of work has gone into making the Centre very informative and nteresting. We went for "Tea on the Train" and that was lovely. Two old railway carraiges on original track and fabulous cakes to go with the nice cup of tea!!!!! Bellingham is a great place tp visit too.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 19 June 2023
  • Lucy P
    2 contributions
    A great place to visit for all ages
    We discovered this heritage centre by chance and were pleasantly surprised at the fantastic curation of the local social history and story telling. We were a group of three generations and there is something for everyone, interactive experiences including options for dressing up, a small mining tunnel to crawl through, train set toys to play with, recorded history to listen to and detailed information boards to read. We also enjoyed the find the sheep and squirrel trail. The volunteers are very welcoming and friendly to visitors of all ages, with lots of knowledge, clearly passionate about their exhibitions and the local Northumbrian history. For such a small centre it packs a big punch! So much so we’ve visited twice. Good to tie in with a visit to Tea on the train next door. No fixed entry fee for your visit but would recommend a donation to this great centre. Thank you to all involved!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 September 2023
  • 380Richard483
    Salisbury, United Kingdom95 contributions
    What a find!
    To be honest, we stopped here just to use the toilets having had a cup of tea in the adjoining railway cafe! Upon arrival we were welcomed by a retired couple who were on duty, and the gentleman proceeded to point at all the areas of interest in the heritage centre: railway, mining, photography, agriculture, village life, and a lot more. So much in such a relatively small museum. Due to other commitments we stayed just an hour; had we known about the place beforehand we could and would have stayed half a day. Outstanding little place, with plenty for adults and plenty for children, too. It is free to go round, although they do ask for a donation which we willingly gave. A must-do place if you are in Bellingham. Absolutely ideal for children of all ages, and dog-friendly.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 September 2023
  • Happy Hobbit
    Basingstoke, United Kingdom402 contributions
    Wonderful local indoor attraction
    Really excellent indoor attraction in an area that's mostly about Hadrian's Wall and the countryside. There's loads of interest, from local history, railway memorabilia to some rather ghoulish photos, and the staff are rightly proud of what they've achieved and eager to show you some of the quirkier exhibits. The tea room was also excellent, and I understand this is due for an exciting upgrade in October. We'd definitely go back.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 September 2023
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Happy Hobbit
Basingstoke, UK402 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
Really excellent indoor attraction in an area that's mostly about Hadrian's Wall and the countryside. There's loads of interest, from local history, railway memorabilia to some rather ghoulish photos, and the staff are rightly proud of what they've achieved and eager to show you some of the quirkier exhibits. The tea room was also excellent, and I understand this is due for an exciting upgrade in October. We'd definitely go back.
Written 16 September 2023
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380Richard483
Salisbury, UK95 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
To be honest, we stopped here just to use the toilets having had a cup of tea in the adjoining railway cafe! Upon arrival we were welcomed by a retired couple who were on duty, and the gentleman proceeded to point at all the areas of interest in the heritage centre: railway, mining, photography, agriculture, village life, and a lot more. So much in such a relatively small museum. Due to other commitments we stayed just an hour; had we known about the place beforehand we could and would have stayed half a day. Outstanding little place, with plenty for adults and plenty for children, too. It is free to go round, although they do ask for a donation which we willingly gave. A must-do place if you are in Bellingham. Absolutely ideal for children of all ages, and dog-friendly.
Written 2 September 2023
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Lucy P
2 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
We discovered this heritage centre by chance and were pleasantly surprised at the fantastic curation of the local social history and story telling.
We were a group of three generations and there is something for everyone, interactive experiences including options for dressing up, a small mining tunnel to crawl through, train set toys to play with, recorded history to listen to and detailed information boards to read. We also enjoyed the find the sheep and squirrel trail.
The volunteers are very welcoming and friendly to visitors of all ages, with lots of knowledge, clearly passionate about their exhibitions and the local Northumbrian history.

For such a small centre it packs a big punch! So much so we’ve visited twice.

Good to tie in with a visit to Tea on the train next door.

No fixed entry fee for your visit but would recommend a donation to this great centre.

Thank you to all involved!
Written 1 September 2023
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Jane C
1 contribution
Aug 2023 • Friends
Fantastic little museum , packed with information and activities for children, great fun . Very helpful staff.
Written 15 August 2023
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sandra clifford
Nottingham, UK82 contributions
Jun 2023
Really great place to visit. A lot of work has gone into making the Centre very informative and nteresting. We went for "Tea on the Train" and that was lovely. Two old railway carraiges on original track and fabulous cakes to go with the nice cup of tea!!!!! Bellingham is a great place tp visit too.
Written 19 June 2023
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Victoria W
4 contributions
Jun 2023 • Couples
What a lovely place to visit. Very friendly and interesting history and memorabilia. Nice gift shop and fantastic cafe on the train. Homemade food which was brilliant and gluten free bread too. Well worth a visit.
Written 17 June 2023
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cloggygirl
Aberdeen, UK44 contributions
Apr 2023
A wee gem of a place, staff very friendly and engaging, our children loved the hunt the sheep and "tricky" find the animal activities as well as all the hands on exhibits.

We'd done a few well known museums bu this point on our stay but this is the one our children are still talking about!

A great way to find out about this beautiful part of the world.
Written 14 April 2023
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laurag88911
Northumberland, UK3 contributions
Oct 2022 • Family
Staff were so friendly & very knowledgable. The gentleman that works there is fantastic with children & makes everyone feel so welcome. Definitely worth a visit. Lots of interesting artefacts, learned a lot during our visit. Dogs are also welcome.
Written 27 October 2022
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Thank you for a wonderful review. We are all volunteers and this makes our day. Steve
Written 28 October 2022
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Pam H
Bolton, UK53 contributions
Aug 2022 • Family
Very interesting staff extremely helpful, lots of interactive displays, hunt for the sheep popular with grandchildren, they were happy to go round again. Tea on the train superb and really nice efficient service with good food
Written 10 August 2022
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That is really king, many thanks. Steve
Written 15 August 2022
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Sharyn G
Blue Mountains, Australia32 contributions
Aug 2022
What a great little find we stumbled upon. Warm welcome as soon as we arrived and Steve was spot on with helping us further understand some of the exhibitions and helped bring the stories alive.

Really enjoyed it and has something for everyone, even the little ones. Would highly recommend
Written 4 August 2022
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That is really king, many thanks. Steve
Written 15 August 2022
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BELLINGHAM HERITAGE CENTRE: All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos)

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Bellingham Heritage Centre is open:
  • Wed - Sun 10:00 - 16:00