North East England
The wall that defended the northern frontier of Britain was the most important monument built by the Romans in England. Emperor Hadrian ordered the construction of the wall in 122AD after he had visited Britain.
Raby Castle was mainly built in 14thc and is the home of Lord Barnard. It was the childhood home of the mother of Kings Edward IV and Richard III. The castle contains an interesting collection of furniture and paintings. Deer still roam the 250 acre park.
The city of Durham has developed on a peninsular created by a bend in the River Wear. The Cathedral and Castle complex is a World Heritage Site. The Norman Cathedral stands on the site of the earlier Saxon church, housing the shrine of St Cuthbert, who died in Lindisfarne in 687. Also buried in the Cathedral is the Venerable Bede, one of the greatest scholars of 8thc.
Recently voted Best Large Visitor Attraction in Britain, Alnwick Castle is the family home of the Duke of Northumberland. It has been owned by the same family since 1309 and was originally built to defend England from the Scots.