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Bessie Surtees House

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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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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 25, 2015
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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55 reviews 55 reviews
39 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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173 attraction reviews
95 helpful votes 95 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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32 reviews 32 reviews
21 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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53 reviews 53 reviews
15 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
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
348 helpful votes 348 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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12 reviews 12 reviews
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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113 attraction reviews
164 helpful votes 164 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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Hartlepool, United Kingdom
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Good local history lesson inside this house, not a great deal to see though, a visit will only take you around 30 minutes in total

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Edinburgh
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46 reviews 46 reviews
23 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Lovely example of a Jacobean period house and it is free entry whats more no hassle to join English Heritage when you enter. Entry is limited to the First Floor which gives you an insight into the House and it's history

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Auchterarder, United Kingdom
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39 reviews 39 reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

If in the Quayside area of Newcastle it is well worth visiting this House. Although small it has lots of original features and information points and its free! Ceilings and wood paneling are in excellent condition. A quick look will take 10 minutes but the plaques do provide good information so if you have longer it is worth taking the... More 

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