Bessie Surtees House

Bessie Surtees House

Two sixteenth- and seventeenth-century merchants’ houses, one of which is a rare example of Jacobean domestic architecture. The house is perhaps best known as the scene of the elopement of Bessie Surtees and John Scott, who, in 1771, became Lord Chancellor of England.

Venue Type:

Historic house or home, Architecture centre

Opening hours

5 January - 29 March 2015
Monday 10:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

Admission charges

Admission free.


  • English Heritage
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Picturing England

  • 14 May 2016 7-11pm

Explore this remarkable Tudor merchant’s house on Newcastle’s quayside. Discover our fascinating archive photography exhibition ‘Picturing England’ before visiting Dr Twist’s Photographarium to sit for a traditional sepia portrait in full historic costume (£2.50 charge for photos). Also, book a free guided tour of rooms not normally open to the public. Tours must be pre-booked via 0191 269 1255.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Bessie Surtees House
41-44 Sandhill
Newcastle & Gateshead
Tyne and Wear

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0191 269 1200

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