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Bessie Surtees House

41-44 Sandhill | Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3JF, England
44-191-269-1200
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Type: Historic Sites, Architectural Buildings
Traveler Description: The Bessie Surtees House is part of the National Trust, however, unlike other Trust sites, admission to this gem was free. The public area is limited... more »
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English first
Auchterarder, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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Edinburgh, Scotland
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21 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

On a walking tour round the historic city walls and quayside area of Newcastle last Thursday, two friends and myself discovered this little gem. The house dates back to around 1657 as can be seen on the chimneypiece of the first floor main room which bears the arms and initials of past owners Cock and Davison. I am not going... More

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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44 reviews 44 reviews
21 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

An old house on the quayside, one of the few building to survive the great fire of Newcastle. If you like history this 16th century house is a must as there is a great deal of history inside. This area of Newcastle has been use from Roman times, when the first bridge was built over the river and was an... More

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łódż
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

very dissapointed,only 2 wee rooms to see,top flor closed,nothing to see,couldn't find any staff to ask about house and history,mayby not right time(march) to visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013 via mobile

It's a free attraction, not many rooms open to the public but it is English heritages office. What rooms are open are full of information. Standing at the window watching the traffic going by, could stand there all day.

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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44 reviews 44 reviews
21 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2012

A very interesting building with history. one of the few quay side buildings to survive the great Newcastle Fire. Well worth a visit.

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
13 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2012

The children got to take part in the history of the house. Actors played the roles of characters to explain Bessie Surtees life. The children had a good tme and went back to school more understanding ot the house and Bessie Surtee.

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Newcastle upon Tyne
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23 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2012

Worth visiting but as the building is the headquarters of English Heritage there are not a lot of rooms available to see.

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Hartlepool, UK
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2012

Offers the visitor a pleasant stop off, but is very basic in it's facilities

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Newcastle upon Tyne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2012

Bessie Surtees House is run by English Heritage, not the National Trust. Is is still free and now has a selection of furniture in the main public room with new up-to-date information panels in the second room. I don't think most visitors would find it boring, I think they would find it suprising because it's beautiful inside and outside, it... More

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