You will never be short of breathtaking views and unforgettable days in the North East.
There’s the famous Hadrian’s Wall, Roman Britain’s largest construction project that still dominates the county landscape nearly 2,000 years after it was built, the sacred island of Lindisfarne off the coast of Northumberland, the Cheviot Hills, Kielder Water and of course the many castles in the area.
Northumberland’s countryside is not only home to pretty scenery, but also perfect settings for outdoor activities, ranging from walking and biking to fishing and wildlife viewing. Lovely gardens can be found at Howick Gardens and Arboretum and Cragside Estate.
The county also has a famous culinary culture, known for its organic produce, fresh seafood, exceptional restaurants and locally brewed drinks. Head to Craster to sample smoked herring served with pieces of buttered brown bread or decorate Lindisfarne oysters, a delight at area restaurants.
Soak up the culture and history of Durham
The nearby city of Durham is full of exciting attractions for an unforgettable day, from award-winning museums to medieval castles, from family-friendly attractions to magnificent natural wonders.
In Durham City, you can learn about the history and heritage of the region as you marvel at the impressive Cathedral and Durham Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Step back in time at the Beamish Museum
Learn about history in England’s largest open-air museum in the Durham Valley as you explore Beamish – The Living Museum of the North, then, for a taste of the outdoors, head to the Durham Dales where you will find Hamsterley Forest – popular with mountain bikers, avid cyclists, walkers and families.
After a busy day exploring the county’s heritage, take advantage of the nearby picnic areas, as well as farmers’ markets and farm shops, or simply treat yourself to afternoon tea in Durham.
United by seven iconic bridges crossing a bustling quay, Newcastle and Gateshead form a unique, diverse and vibrant tourist destination in the North East.
Discover Durham’s vibrant nightlife
Prepare to be charmed by the famous Geordie spirit in a city teeming with vibrant nightlife, an award-winning restaurant scene, top-notch attractions and museums.
Sightseeing to find iconic landmarks including the Angel of the North and Newcastle Castle, which gave the city its name, as well as the National Trust’s Gibside and Wallington and English Heritage’s Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens.
Enjoy the beach and meet Wallace the Lion in Sunderland
Sunderland is a welcoming city that offers wide sandy beaches and acres of green space, as well as a host of cultural attractions.
Discover the city’s fascinating history in one place at the Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens, including the most famous object of all – Wallace the Lion.
Stroll through Alnwick Garden
Back in Northumberland, Alnwick Garden is one of the world’s most ambitious new gardens. The Duchess of Northumberland’s vision for a forgotten plot is now a truly 21st century experience full of imagination, inspiration and fun.
From the excitement of the Grand Cascade and the mysteries of the Bamboo Labyrinth to one of the largest treehouses in the world, there is plenty to surprise and delight.
The garden, located off the A1 north of Alnwick, has a collection of over 4,000 varieties of plants, thousands of seasonal flowers and numerous water sculptures.
If you know your roses from your rhododendrons and your primroses from your petunias, if you want to visit the largest Taihaku cherry orchard in the world, have a round of adventure golf in the forbidden garden or sit back and find some peace in the ornamental garden, then this is the day for you.