North East England
North East England is a place of unique character and Britain’s hidden gem ranging from unspoilt sandy beaches and breathtaking countryside landscapes to vibrant cities rich in culture and history. The region is home to two World Heritage Sites and has recently been voted by Lonely Planet Blue List as one of the top destinations to visit worldwide.
The beauty of North East England lies in the variety of landscapes in relatively small area. The main parts of the region are listed below to give you a good sense of its character and abundance of history.
Northumberland – tranquil landscapes and an abundance of history
Towards the Scottish Borders lies officially England's most tranquil county: Northumberland. Famously named 'The Land of Far Horizons' it is filled with miles of gentle landscapes and unspoiled golden sandy beaches giving you the space to unwind and relax. The county is home to more castles than any other in England and also forms the final frontier of the Roman Empire along Hadrian's Wall. Lose yourself in the beautiful Northumberland National Park or experience seals and puffins off the Northumberland coast.
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NewcastleGateshead – the region’s cultural capital
NewcastleGateshead is the region's capital and home to vibrant culture, great shopping experiences and a unique nightlife. Explore the elegant Georgian streets in the Grainger Town Quarter and enjoy some retail therapy or just gaze at this city of palaces. Discover the Norman Castle Keep that gave the city its name and venture through the old heart of the city. Visit the magnificent NewcastleGateshead Quayside, home to the award-winning Sage Gateshead music venue and the famous bridges spanning the Tyne including the Gateshead Millennium Bridge.
Did you know?
...the first light bulb was invented here (and not by Edison) in 1878? ...NewcastleGateshead has more classical architecture than any other outside London and Bath? ...the real winner of the Battle of Trafalgar was a Geordie lad? ...NewcastleGateshead is home to Europe's largest commercial art store and Britain’s largest contemporary art gallery? ...the Metro Centre is Europe’s largest shopping and leisure centre?
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County Durham – unique history and hidden secrets
County Durham offers guests glorious contrasts of gentle dales, rugged moors and historic architectural masterpieces. Enjoy a tour through the truly breathtaking North Pennines and its dramatic landscape of rugged moors, gentle dales and fantastic market towns. The beautiful city of Durham is home to the finest Romanesque (Norman) cathedral in Europe and boasts England’s third oldest university. Not only that, but the city is a magnet for visitors seeking tranquillity, shopping, cafes and history all in one place. Travel writer Bill Bryson calls Durham 'a perfect little city'. Explore the legacy of Roman rule in Britain, follow in the footsteps of the earliest Christian pilgrims, discover life as a lead miner, enter the age of steam in the world's first railway town or enjoy the spectacular landscapes of the Durham Dales.
Did you know?
North East England plays host to another invention of world importance: the railway. Some of the best related museums and sights can be found in County Durham, from the Stockton/Darlington Railway to the National Railway Museum (not the one in York!)...
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The Tees Valley – Maritime glory at the heart
Follow in the footsteps of one of the nation's greatest explorers: Captain James Cook. Explore his birthplace and follow his trail through the Tees Valley and Yorkshire to Whitby. Or visit Hartlepool and discover Britain's oldest warship afloat!
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