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A Welcome Surprise

We stumbled on this 'little' treasure quite by accident. A wonderfully restored Jacobean house by... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Sham P
Newport Isle Of Wight
Step back in time

An interesting place to visit with plenty of historical interest and there is no charge. Well... read more

Reviewed August 3, 2018
Alan W
Motherwell, United Kingdom
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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.
Bessie Surtees House 41-44 Sandhill | Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3JF, England
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stumbled on this 'little' treasure quite by accident. A wonderfully restored Jacobean house by the riverside. And we learned about Bessie's elopment!

Thank Sham P
Reviewed August 3, 2018

An interesting place to visit with plenty of historical interest and there is no charge. Well worth sparing some time to pop in and have a look around.

Thank Alan W
Reviewed July 27, 2018

Great little place to see. Only small so there for less than an hour but has an interesting history and aspect and it was free, bonus!

Thank Monkeysoxnorthwest
Reviewed July 22, 2018

Fascinating little place...gets you thinking about those who lived here all those years ago..staff very informative

Thank valricjack
Reviewed June 22, 2018

Bessie Surtees House is now regional headquarters of Historic England and can be visited for free. Just off the Quayside in the Sandhill, three five storey houses dating from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries make up the house. These once belonged to rich merchants and...More

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Reviewed June 17, 2018

Chanced upon this house, which from the outside looks as you would imagine it all those years ago. In fact drawings inside show little has changed on this small stretch apart from traffic! Intriguing story and well worth a visit. And it is free!

Thank lynnc185
Reviewed May 9, 2018

One of the oldest house on Quayside. The Quayside becomes a market on Sundays, but earlier, most activity over the day were on Quayside, when it was the centre of tade in Newcastle. This house has also its history, that is written on a plaque...More

Thank Gísli Már G
Reviewed March 22, 2018

So we did not go looking and instead happened upon this by accident whilst looking at the bridges. It was good to step in out of the cold and staff were welcoming and friendly. Generally the information is more about the use of the area...More

Thank Dnaray
Reviewed February 25, 2018

Not knowing Newcastle- we were intrigued to find this quaint little house on the quayside. Well worth spending 1/2 hour of your time to complement a trip to Baltic Art Gallery. Interesting exhibits were on about Civic Art as well as the history of the...More

Thank Loyaloldbean
Reviewed December 30, 2017

Bessie Surtees house is like stepping back in time, if in the quayside area and a history lover or a romantic I would recommend you pop in, after you can take a trip up dog leap stairs and wonder at the story of Bessie!

Thank Lucy A
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It's free entry. Check out the English Heritage website for opening times.