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:

Northern saints

St Aidan and Lindisfarne Priory

St Bede and Bedesworld and St Peters at Wearmouth

St Cuthbert

  1. Durham Cathedral a World heritage site where you can visit St Cuthbert’s shrine
  2. St Mary & Cuthbert where you can see a facsimile of the Lindisfarne Gospels
  3. Farne islands where St Cuthbert used to live

St Wilfred

St Oswald and St Oswald’s way and Heavenfields dedicated to St Oswald

St Benedict Biscop founder of the monastery of Wearmouth-Jarrow:

St Ceolfrith

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.

St Cedd

Monastic founder and bishop, associated with Lastingham (North Yorkshire).

St Chad

Brother of St Cedd, briefly bishop in Northumbria, but more particularly associated with Litchfield.

St Paulinus

Missionary bishop who baptised King Edwin, Bishop of York and associated with Yeavering.

St Aelfflaed

Daughter of King Oswiu, placed in the care of Abbess Hild, succeeded her as abbess at Whitby.

Synod of Whitby

Some churches and places of note

Lindisfarne priory

Bede’s World

Bywell

Corbridge historic Roman town

Escomb church nr Bishop Auckland.  Best preserved Saxon church in England

Kirkdale (north Yorkshire moors)

Ovingham

Tynemouth priory

Wearmouth and Jarrow

Places to visit around and about:

Northumberland

Alnwick

Bamburgh

Blanchland

Corbridge

Hadrian’s wall

Hexham

Morpeth

County Durham

Barnard Castle

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.

North Pennines

Yorkshire

Harrogate

Ripon

York

The Lake District

Keswick

Penrith