UK Travel Guide



Washington in Tyne & Wear

As it name suggests, this refurbished town formerly known as Old Village has roots that have caused the recent implanting of American seeds. The historic home from which George Washington’s ancestors came rests on the green right near the humble village church. An interesting stop for those curious about the early origins of one of America’s founding fathers. A skillfully preserved stone house contains a grand kitchen and an exquisite Great Hall with curious wood paneling. With simultaneous furniture, since none of the original remain intact, you are still transported back to the year 1183. Every Fourth of July, there are Independence Day celebrations here and admittance into the Old Hall is free. Other town attractions include the annual Washington International Kite Festival, the Washington carnival and the Chipperfields circus, not to mention the much visited Washington Wildfowl and Wetlands Centre whose design is attributed to Sir Peter Scott.