Situated on the borders of Northumberland and County Durham, Minsteracres is ideally placed for visiting sites connected to the northern saints, and is within an hour or two drive from Scotland, the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors.
Why not use us as a base to explore, or as a stop along your route.
We can offer bed and breakfast for individuals or for larger groups, and can offer lunch (packed if necessary) and evening meals.
Call us 01434 673248 or e-mail for details.
We’ve gathered some useful links to the saints, local sites of interest and places to visit further afield:
- Durham Cathedral a World heritage site where you can visit St Cuthbert’s shrine
- St Mary & Cuthbert where you can see a facsimile of the Lindisfarne Gospels
- Farne islands where St Cuthbert used to live
St Benedict Biscop founder of the monastery of Wearmouth-Jarrow:
Biscop’s associate in setting up Wearmouth and Jarrow; particularly associated with Jarrow – named on the dedication slab which survives in the church. Bede’s mentor. The driving force behind the Codex Amiatinus.
St Aebbe abbess of Coldingham,
Associated with both the Cuthbert story and the Wilfrid story.
Monastic founder and bishop, associated with Lastingham (North Yorkshire).
Brother of St Cedd, briefly bishop in Northumbria, but more particularly associated with Litchfield.
Missionary bishop who baptised King Edwin, Bishop of York and associated with Yeavering.
Daughter of King Oswiu, placed in the care of Abbess Hild, succeeded her as abbess at Whitby.
Some churches and places of note
Corbridge historic Roman town
Escomb church nr Bishop Auckland. Best preserved Saxon church in England
Kirkdale (north Yorkshire moors)
Places to visit around and about:
Durham City, home to the iconic Durham Cathedral and Castle World Heritage Site, sits at the heart of an extraordinary county where breathtaking countryside and dramatic coastline are dotted with cultural treasures.
The Lake District