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Washington Old Hall, National Trust

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At the heart of historic Washington village, Washington Old Hall is a picturesque stone manor house and together with its gardens, provide a tranquil oasis, reflecting gentry life following the turbulence of the English Civil War. The building incorporates parts of the original medieval home of George Washington’s – first President of the USA – direct ancestors, and it is from here that the family took their surname of ‘Washington’.

Things to See and Do at Washington Old Hall

Explore the historic house, take a walk around the stunning garden looking for bugs, birds and wildlife or take part in one of the organised, family-friendly events such as an Easter egg trail, Santa visit or Independence Day Celebrations. Check their events calendar for latest events.

Explore The Nuttery

Washington Old HallLocated in the National Trust’s Washington Old Hall, the Nuttery is a wildflower nut orchard set in an acre of land bustling with nature. It is home to hundreds of species of insect, birds, mammals, pond life living in a multitude of habitats. We look after this special area for you to witness the beauty and importance of nature especially pollinating insects.

If you have ever wondered what the inside of a beehive looks like or what is lurking in the compost and nesting in the hedgerow then look no further. Learn lots of interesting facts about nature and have fun solving puzzles and activities.

Facilities at Washington Old Hall

  • Children’s quiz / trail
  • Free parking
  • Dogs allowed in gardens (must be kept on lead).

Opening times

Manor House open 10am – 4pm and Gardens open 10am – 5pm Friday to Monday (April – October)
Garden and house closed (November – February) except for specific events.


Prices start from (discounts available for groups and FREE entry for National Trust members):

  • Child £2.75
  • Adult £6.10
  • Family £16.20

Visit our What’s On guide for lots more ideas for family days out in the North East

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