What to do and where to go in the North-East of England

Days Out in Northumberland, Durham, and Tyne & Wear

From stunning coastal priories to intriguing gardens and  medieval castles, the North East of England is a great place to visit for a day out.   Visit one of many beaches on Northumberland‘s 30 miles of coastline,  discover the history and heritage of  Durham, or enjoy a visit to Tyne and Wear‘s vibrant cities, sandy beaches and cycle trails.

Northumberland

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Enjoy the dramatic coastline view from Bamburgh beach – much loved by surfers, visit the Farne Islands, the Coquet Island and the Holy Island of Lindisfarne.

Warkworth Castle  is one of the largest and most impressive fortresses in the region, located on a hilltop above the River Coquet.

The beautiful area near Hadrian’ s Wall offers a wealth of opportunities for outdoor pursuits, from hill walking to mountain biking, cycling, bird watching or fishing.

Kielder Water & Forest Park is home to northern Europe’s largest man-made lake and England’s largest forest. It is an ideal base for exploring the rest of Northumberland, Cumbria, Hadrian’s Wall Country and the Scottish Borders.

Hadrian’s Cycleway runs the full length of Hadrian’s Wall, from Ravenglass on the west coast to South Shields and Tynemouth on the east coast.

Newcastle and Tyne & Wear

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Newcastle has a wealth of inspirational activities based around many areas. There are many activities in this area including 5 Star Accommodation and Historical Museums as well as Children’s Farms and Theatres. If you are looking for a trip to a sporting event or a simple city break there are many ideas here.

Chopwell Wood is Tyne and Wear’s largest woodland, measuring 360 hectares. For cycling and mountain biking lovers, the wood offers a range of tracks including a railway path trail and a 2 km single-track red grade trail. Walking enthusiasts can choose from numerous woodland trails.

The BUPA Great North Run is the second largest half marathon in the world and takes place in North East England each September. Participants run between Newcastle upon Tyne and South Shields. The run was devised by former Olympic 10,000 m bronze medallist Brendan Foster.

Moorbank Garden spans 3 hectares and is part of the Town Moor, a large working farm in the centre of the city, adjacent to the campus of Newcastle University. The landscaped gardens are maintained by a dedicated group of volunteers, known as The Friends of Moorbank – whom everyone is welcome to join.

Durham

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Durham has numerous locations designed to help the holiday maker relax and enjoy their time whilst helping to clear the mind. Durham boasts luxury hotels. There are sporting events and many outdoor activities such as Cycling and Golf courses as well as Stately Homes and fine dining Restaurants.

The 10 hectares Durham University Botanic Garden is set amongst beautiful mature woodlands on the southern outskirts of Durham City.

Visit Mount Oswald Manor Golf Course, a top golf club in Durham City centre, with facilities including an immaculate course, a quality restaurant, and wedding/conference facilities. Junior visitors welcome.

Adventure Point in Darlington is a fantastic fun-filled destination for all the family, for adults and kids of all ages, whatever the weather.