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Address: 41-44 Sandhill | Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3JF, England
Phone Number: 44-191-269-1200
Description: Visitors can tour this beautiful mid 17th-century Tudor house, which is...
Visitors can tour this beautiful mid 17th-century Tudor house, which is best known as the site of the romantic elopement in 1772 between Bessie Surtees and John Scott, the future Lord Chancellor of England.
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Small but fascinating

We enjoyed our visit to Bessie Surtees House even though there aren't many rooms open to the public. Entrance is free, though, and we did spend a fair bit of time inside reading... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
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Wales, United Kingdom
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Wales, United Kingdom
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241 reviews 241 reviews
67 attraction reviews
203 helpful votes 203 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed our visit to Bessie Surtees House even though there aren't many rooms open to the public. Entrance is free, though, and we did spend a fair bit of time inside reading the story of the two houses and the roles they have played down the years in Newcastle's Quayside. I particularly enjoyed the old maps and photographs of... More 

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UK
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348 reviews 348 reviews
195 attraction reviews
269 helpful votes 269 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Bessie Surtees house is in fact two five storied 16th and 17th merchant houses. It's also the regional offices for English Heritage. Inside you will find amazing wood paneling, ornate ceilings and fireplaces. There's an exhibition giving the history of the house. In 1772 ,Bessie Surtees climbed out of a first floor window to elope with John Scott, a coal... More 

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Cork, Ireland
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3 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

A great little find as wandering about Quayside. Only three rooms are open to the public, but it is free and authentic with interesting features like the blue panned window through which Bessie eloped, a glass paned recessed cupboard, the fireplaces, and the gorgeous panelling. Only spent about twenty minutes inside, but I am glad I did not miss this... More 

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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66 reviews 66 reviews
46 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

An interesting story about the property makes it worth a visit. There are three first-floor rooms open to the public. As there isn't much furniture you notice the wood paneling, ceiling and fireplaces. The interesting feature is the window through which Bessie Surtee climbed in order to elope. Probably under 30 mins will suffice, but as it doesn't cost anything... More 

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Mariestad, Sverige
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174 attraction reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

This nice old Tudor-house is well worth a visit. It has a story to tell and it's probably more than 500 years old. Only a few rooms are open. the rest are offices for the Heritage. It's free to visit and I think 30 minutes will do. It's located on Sandhill near some bars and restaurants on the way to... More 

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Newton Aycliffe, United Kingdom
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27 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015 via mobile

Beautifully and simply presented. Enchanting history. Of interest to all ages. Do pop in and do join English Heritage for much more family fun.

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Top Contributor
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21 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

It's only a small house but well worth a visit to view the architecture and read some history. It's free to get it.

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Leiden, The Netherlands
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206 attraction reviews
350 helpful votes 350 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

It's a nice and wellpreserved building with a story to tell. We've seen a guide in action with a schoolgroup and he was great! Made the house come to life. You can also obtain information on Brittish Herritage here. I loved the ambiance and am glad we went in for a visit.

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Newcastle,UK
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Beautiful Tudor house on the quayside. Only a few rooms are open, the rest are offices, and there are some great dressing up outfits for children. Reception were very helpful and Informative about the history of the house and the local area. Free and well worth a visit.

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Stotfold, United Kingdom
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171 helpful votes 171 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

This house is worth a short visit but there is not a lot to see … however, it is free. The ceiling in the main room is impressive and Bessie's story is interesting but there is not much more. The construction of the 'new' historic style furniture is worthy of inspection as it is exceedingly good craftsmanship.

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