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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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A little gem

We enjoyed our visit to this Jacobean gem in the heart of Newcastle. You don't need long to see it, but is well worth the stop if you like gorgeous oak panelling, creaky... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 2, 2015
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Maidstone, England, United Kingdom
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Wark, United Kingdom
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57 reviews 57 reviews
36 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Not far from the hotel I was staying in so popped in to have a look nice old building not much there so won't take to long to look round so you might as well have a look if you are passing

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Maidstone, England, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
18 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

We enjoyed our visit to this Jacobean gem in the heart of Newcastle. You don't need long to see it, but is well worth the stop if you like gorgeous oak panelling, creaky floorboards and an historic atmosphere. Bessie Surtees' story is intriguing..

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Wales, United Kingdom
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248 reviews 248 reviews
70 attraction reviews
210 helpful votes 210 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

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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358 reviews 358 reviews
205 attraction reviews
285 helpful votes 285 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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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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
17 helpful votes 17 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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338 reviews 338 reviews
174 attraction reviews
111 helpful votes 111 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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49 reviews 49 reviews
30 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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74 reviews 74 reviews
21 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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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341 reviews 341 reviews
206 attraction reviews
353 helpful votes 353 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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