Days out

Let's go there!

Let's go there!

Whatever the time of year, and whatever the weather, there’s always plenty to do in Newcastle and Gateshead.

Activity 4 Seasons

Activity 4 Seasons

If you want to learn to canoe or kayak, rock climb or coasteer get in contact with Activity 4 Seasons. If you want to develop your skills or indeed just want to enjoy the fantastic local area let them guide you.

Adventure Northumberland

Adventure Northumberland

Adventure Northumberland provides the widest choice of outdoor adventure activities in Northumberland both land and water based. Based in Alnwick, they are ideally placed between the stunning Northumberland coast.

Adventure Sunderland

Adventure Sunderland

Adventure Sunderland is Sunderlands’ activity centre overlooking Roker beach. The marine centre offers a wide range of watersport activities such as surfing and kayaking to both organised groups and individuals alike.

Airbox

Airbox

Airbox is the north east’s ultimate trampoline experience for children and adults alike, gravity defying fun for all of the family! The venue is full of interconnected trampolines, angled walls, roll-over platforms and much more!

Allout Adventures

Allout Adventures

Based at Slaley Hall Hotel, Allout Adventures have use of over 1000 acres of countryside for the exhilarating outdoor activities. Activities include clay pigeon shooting, quad biking, archery, seaways, paintball and much more!

Alnwick Castle

Alnwick Castle

One of the largest and most iconic inhabited castles in England, Alnwick Castle has witnessed battles, rebellions, tragedy and romance, and has been home to a variety of interesting people – from Harry Hotspur to Harry Potter.

Arbeia Roman Fort

Arbeia Roman Fort

Standing above the entrance to the River Tyne, Arbeia Roman Fort guarded the main sea route to Hadrian’s Wall. Step into the Fort and immerse yourself in the world of the Romans right in the heart of South Shields.

Baltic

Baltic

Expect a dynamic, diverse and international programme of contemporary visual art, with a changing calendar of exhibitions and activities designed to give a unique and compelling insight into contemporary artistic practice.

Beamish Museum

Beamish Museum

Beamish Museum is a world famous open air museum set in 300 acres of beautiful Durham countryside. The living and working museum tells the story of life in North East England during the 1820s, 1900s and the 1940s.

Beamish Wild

Beamish Wild

The high ropes course at Beamish Wild is two hours of non-stop fun and challenges guaranteed to get your adrenaline pumping. Your day out in the treetops has been packed out with four zip-wires, rope bridges and more!

Birdoswald Roman Fort

Birdoswald Roman Fort

Take in dramatic views and see the longest stretch of Hadrian’s Wall, at Birdoswald Roman Fort. Known as ‘Banna’ and garrisoned by Roman auxiliary soldiers, it has the best preserved defences of any major fort along the Wall.

Blue Reef Aquarium

Blue Reef Aquarium

At Blue Reef Aquarium you can enjoy close encounters with hundreds of incredible creatures from around the world. Come face to face with everything from adorable seals and otters to sharks, seahorses and stingrays!

Boards and Bikes

Boards and Bikes

Boards and Bikes is a unique mobile adventure service, they bring the fun to you, delivering the bikes, wetsuits, boards and all of the equipment you need to have a good time. It is based in north Northumberland.

Bradley Gardens

Bradley Gardens

Bradley Gardens is a hidden gem situated on the edge of the Tyne Valley. Just 9 miles from the heart of Newcastle, this tranquil 18th century walled garden has now been brought back to its former glory and is continuing to flourish.

Cheeseburn

Cheeseburn

Cheeseburn supports creative projects and presents sculpture in the elegant grounds of Cheeseburn Grange.It provides a showcase for sculpture, design and art, where the public can encounter new and established work.

Chesters Roman Fort

Chesters Roman Fort

Discover the most complete Roman cavalry fort in Britain at Chesters Roman Fort with a myriad of unique Roman finds on display, and the chance to learn about the man who saved the Wall from destruction.

City Sightseeing

City Sightseeing

Hop on and off Stagecoach’s open-top City Sightseeing buses in Newcastle and Gateshead. The Newcastle Gateshead sightseeing tour will show you all of the fantastic sights and sounds of this vibrant north east area.

Coquet Shorebase Trust

Coquet Shorebase Trust

The Coquet Shorebase Trust utilise water based activities in their charitable activity and in the courses that they offer which include sailing, kayaking, canoeing, windsurfing, power boating and raft building.

Corbridge Roman Town

Corbridge Roman Town

Not all the sites on Hadrian’s Wall were heavily-guarded fortresses, Corbridge was once a bustling town and supply base. Today at the town you can still walk through the town’s streets and experience a time-capsule of Roman life.

Cragside House & Gardens

Cragside

Cragside House & Gardens is a truly unique visitor attraction in the heart of Northumberland, here you can discover the first house in the world to be lit by hydroelectricity and crammed full of ingenious gadgets.

Croft Circuit

Croft Circuit

Drive your dream car at Croft Circuit. With over 20 years experience and the latest supercars and single seat racing cars, a driving experience at Croft is a unique and memorable present for any petrol head.

Discovery Museum

Discovery Museum

Immerse yourself in the history of Newcastle and Tyneside told through permanent displays and temporary exhibitions over three floors focusing on the area’s maritime, scientific and technological importance to Britain.

Durham Cathedral

Durham Cathedral

Durham Cathedral is a place of worship, welcome and hospitality. It forms part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site and features breathtaking Romanesque architecture. Guided tours and self-guided tour leaflets are available.

Footsteps

Footsteps

Why walk on your own, when you can walk with a guide on your visit to Northumberland, you’ll go further? Discover and see more and you’ll never get lost when you walk with Footsteps in Northumberland.

Gibside

Gibside

Gibside offers miles of woodland and riverside walks with views across the Derwent Valley. Bring the family to explore the architectural gem that is the chapel, spot wildlife and take part in outdoor adventure activities.

Go Ape! Matfen Hall

Go Ape! Matfen Hall

Located just 15 miles west of Newcastle in the charming village of Matfen, swing through the trees and fly down the zip wires while lapping up some of the finest scenery in Northumberland at Go Ape!

Great North Museum: Hancock

Great North Museum

Discover a life-size T-Rex dinosaur replica skeleton, an interactive model of Hadrian’s Wall, displays of the animal kingdom, objects from the Ancient Greeks and mummies from Ancient Egypt, a life size elephant and a planetarium.

Hadrian’s Wall Walks

Hadrian’s Wall Walks

Join Hadrian’s Wall Walks and you can walk along Hadrian’s Wall, one of the greatest feats of construction by one of the greatest empires of the world with a local guide to explain the hidden history!

Hexham Abbey

Hexham Abbey

Dating back to 674 AD, Hexham Abbey offers you a unique visitor experience. Your free entry includes open access to a host of treasures in the Abbey, plus the new interactive exhibition and visitor centre.

High Force

High Force

High Force is one of the most impressive waterfalls in England. The River Tees has been plunging into this gorge for thousands of years but the rocks it reveals dates back to over 300 million years ago!

High House Farm Brewery

High House Farm Brewery

High House Farm Brewery is situated a stone’s throw away from Hadrian’s Wall in a grade II listed granary building. At the heart of the complex is a working microbrewery offering free exhibition and brewery tours.

Housesteads Roman Fort

Housesteads Roman Fort

Explore the most complete, visible example of a Roman fort anywhere in Britain, discover objects of Roman life in the museum and venture out along the Housesteads Trail to experience some of the most tranquil parts of the National Park.

Hylton Castle

Hylton Castle

Hylton Castle was built by Sir William Hylton in about 1400, the last Hylton died in 1746 and a century later it was bought by a local man, William Briggs. Today the castle is free for visitors and is open everyday.

KA Adventure Sports

KA Adventure

Based in Beadnell, KA Adventure Sports is a recognised school in kitesurfing, stand up paddle boarding and coasteering. The activities all taking place in the most superb locations along the Northumberland coastline.

Karting North East

Karting North East

With a highly experienced and dedicated team, Karting North East offer the UK’s leading Karting experience and much more, with paintball, rage rally, archery and tomahawks and off road 4×4 also available on site.

Killhope

Killhope

Killhope is a fully restored 19th century Victorian lead mining site where you can experience the life of the mining families of the Pennine dales. Visit the working waterwheel and underground then warm up in the café afterwards.

Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens

Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens

Kirkley Hall boasts over 130 species of animals, reptiles and birds including alpacas, ring tailed lemurs, marmosets, capybara, emus, wallabies, kookaburras, snakes, lizards and smaller domestic animals in the petting barn.

Laing Art Gallery

Laing

The Laing Art Gallery is home to an impressive collection of art and sculpture with it’s programme of displays and events renowned for bringing the biggest names in historic, modern and contemporary art to the North East.

Lane7

Lane7

Forget everything you thought you knew about bowling alleys, because Lane7 is different. Imagine the best bar ever and then add first class dining, ten-pin bowling, ping-pong, pool, and an unrivalled atmosphere into the mix.

Life Science Centre

Life Science Centre

Visit the Life Science Centre for fun, educational days out for kids, families and adults. The centre offers a combination of hands-on and display exhibits which have been designed to bring out your inner scientist.

Mineral House Crowne Plaza

Mineral House Crowne Plaza

Based in the heart of the city within the Crowne Plaza Hotel, you can relax, unwind and feel rejuvenated in the black tiled 10-metre swimming pool, spa, steam room and gymnasium at Mineral House.

Namco Funscape

Namco Funscape

With VIP bowling lanes, a huge selection of games machines, Europe’s fastest bumper cars, kids’ softplay, and much more, there is fun for all ages at Namco Funscape. Plus, now you can bowl in your own shoes!

National Coal Mining Museum

National Coal Mining Museum

The National Coal Mining Museum for England aims to keep coal mining alive by collecting and preserving the industry’s rich heritage, creating enjoyable and inspiring ways to learn for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities.

National Glass Centre

National Glass Centre

National Glass Centre is a cultural attraction with a difference. With glass at the heart of everything it does, it celebrates Sunderland’s glass making heritage and explore the creative potential of this extraordinary material.

Navigate Northumberland

Navigate Northumberland

With Navigate Northumberland you will not just wander the hills walking aimlessly, you will have an experience that will make you want to come back. On some walks you may see Buzzards above your heads.

Newcastle Castle

Newcastle Castle

Newcastle Castle is the medieval heart of the city. Shrouded in mystery, these two buildings are just waiting to be explored. New exhibits allow visitors to experience what life would have been like for the inhabitants.

Newcastle City Parks

Newcastle City Parks

Newcastle is home to many parks. These high quality green spaces include traditional Victorian parks, countryside sites and nature reserves. Visitors can enjoy walks, wildlife, picnics, play areas, events and activities.

North East Falconry

North East Falconry

All of the courses are private experiences and are available to pay on the day or there’s the option of presenting one of the North East Falconry experiences as gift voucher, which is great unique present for all.

North East Guides

North East Guides

If you’re visiting Northumberland and looking for adventure, North East Guides deliver outdoor activity packages in various locations around the area. A stock of waterproofs, rucksacks and much more are available.

Northern Experience Wildlife Tours

Northern Experience Wildlife Tours

Northern Experience Wildlife Tours offer exclusive guided birdwatching, wildlife, dark skies and photography tours based in Northumberland, the North Pennines and the Borders and whale and dolphin watching.

Northern Secrets

Northern Secrets

Northern Secrets offers a private Newcastle city walking tours in English and German. Tours are conducted by a guide who is friendly, knowledgeable and entertaining. Highlights include Old Newcastle and the Quayside.

Ocean Beach Pleasure Park

Ocean Beach Pleasure Park

Ocean Beach Pleasure Park is the North East’s biggest and best fun park. With over 50 rides, attractions, amusement arcades, game stalls, a quasar arena and a range of food outlets, it makes a fun packed day out with the family!

Old Low Light

Old Low Light

The Old Low Light is the north east’s latest heritage centre, exploring the story of North Shields’ maritime history and the courageous communities for whom the river and sea has been an essential lifeline.

Penshaw Monument

Penshaw Monument

Penshaw Monument is a 70 foot high folly is a replica of the Temple of Hephaestus in Athens and can be seen for miles around. During the summer you can climb to the very top via the secret staircase to enjoy the views.

Pirate Escape

Pirate Escape

Pirate Escape is an exciting and immersive live escape room game. After entering one of the pirate themed worlds you and your pirate crew will have 60 minutes to solve challenges and puzzles to find the treasure and escape.

Raby Castle

Raby Castle

Raby Castle is one of the best-preserved castles in the North East, with examples of fine architecture spanning the Medieval, Victorian, Georgian and Regency periods, providing a magnificent backdrop for the art collection.

River Escapes

River Escapes

River Escapes cruises offer an unrivalled way to experience Newcastle and Gateshead’s famous riverside. To add that extra special touch it can be can arranged for you to sail under Gateshead Millennium Bridge too.

RNLI Grace Darling Museum

RNLI

The RNLI Grace Darling Museum commemorates the life of Victorian Britain’s greatest heroine and the story of the wreck of the steamship SS Forfarshire on 7 September 1838. A model of the Longstone Lighthouse is on offer too.

Roman Vindolanda Fort & Museum

Vindolanda

Roman Vindolanda Fort & Museum is situated amongst some of the best preserved sections of Hadrians’s Wall. The fort and museum offers visitors a unique look at the past with stunning displays and with annual live excavations.

Saddle Skedaddle

Saddle Skedaddle

Saddle Skedaddle are passionate about pedalling and believe there is no better way to soak up a country, its culture, see its wildlife and its people, than by bike! Travel in small guided parties of around 6-15 people.

Sandhaven Beach

Sandhaven Beach

If your idea of a getaway is peace and quiet then Sandhaven Beach is perfect for you, with long stretches of golden sand and impressive sand dunes, it’s perfect to enjoy a picnic, relax and watch the world go by.

Segedunum Roman Fort

Segedunum

Segedunum Roman Fort stood on the banks of the River Tyne for 300 years and was the last outpost of Hadrian’s Wall. The excavations and interactive museum provides a gateway to the world-famous heritage site.

Seven Stories

Seven Stories

Seven Stories celebrates children’s books. How books are made, where they come from and how we can all enjoy and share them. The centre is situated Victorian mill and offers beautiful views of the Ouseburn River.

Shepherds Walks

Shepherds Walks

With Shepherds Walks you will not just be taken on a walk or course, you will be entertained and informed about the countryside and landscapes you pass through. This makes for an extra special experience.

Shipley Art Gallery

Shipley

There are five gallery spaces here, showing a range of temporary exhibitions throughout the year. There are also regular events including artist and curator talks, family activities, concerts and vintage and craft fairs.

Souter Lighthouse

Souter Lighthouse

Souter Lighthouse is a lighthouse located in South Shields. Souter was the first lighthouse in the world to be actually designed and built specifically to use alternating electric current, the most advanced lighthouse of its day.

South Shields Museum & Art Gallery

South Shields Museum and Art Gallery

South Shields Museum & Art Gallery tells the story of the borough’s social, industrial and maritime history from 4,000 years ago to the present day through a range of displays, exhibitions and works of art.

South Tynedale Railway

South Tynedale Railway

At South Tynedale Railway you can ride on the north of England’s highest narrow gauge railway winding from Alston into the beautiful South Tyne Valley. It’s a great family day out, pay once and ride all day!

South Tyneside Council

South Tyneside Council

South Tyneside’s award-winning Visitor Information Centre team are here to help make your visit extra special. They know everything there is to know about the local attractions and can point you in the right direction.

St Nicholas Cathedral

St Nicholas Cathedral

St Nicholas Cathedral is the seat of the Bishop of Newcastle and the “mother church” for the Church of England Diocese of Newcastle. The Cathedral is a historically significant building and a spiritual place of quiet serenity.

Stephenson Railway Museum

Stephenson Railway Museum

Re-live the glorious days of the steam railway at Stephenson Railway Museum, George and Robert Stephenson spent 20 years developing their pioneering ideas which helped spread railways around the world.

Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens

Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens

Visit the Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens discover the history of the city from its prehistoric past to the present day. The stunning Winter Gardens showcases the world’s spectacular natural beauty.

Sunderland Wall

Sunderland Wall

The massive 23-metre Sunderland Wall offers over 900m2 of climbing and bouldering. The centre offers a range of courses for both adults and children, and cater for everything from birthday parties to corporate events.

Tanfield Railway

Tanfield Railway

The Tanfield Railway is the world’s oldest railway and is a wonderful day out for all the family whatever the weather. Just sit back and enjoy the beautiful scenery as steam drifts past your vintage carriage.

The Alnwick Garden

The Alnwick Garden

Featuring Europe’s largest wooden treehouse, the poison garden and the bamboo labyrinth, as well as water features and stunning rose and ornamental gardens, The Alnwick Garden offers the alternative day out.

The Diving Centre

The Diving Centre

The Diving Centre is a PADI 5 star IDC centre who offer a range of courses from beginner up to instructor, they have some of the best training facilities in the country with an on-site heated swimming pool.

The Dunes

The Dunes

The Dunes guarantee fun for families of all ages, there’s something for everyone at this fantastic, indoor, entertainment centre. Activities include a gigantic indoor soft play area, a bowling alley and three restaurants.

The Sill

The Sill

The Sill is a showcase of local pride and passion. It features exhibitions, learning and event spaces, a local food cafe, a world-class youth hostel, a rural business hub, and a shop specialising in local crafts and produce.

Tyne Idols

Tyne Idols

To celebrate the enormous wealth of talent born of the region, Tyne Idols create, organise and host a wide selection of unforgettable experiences, promotions and guided tours throughout the north east.

Wet ’n’ Wild

Wet ’n’ Wild

There’s nothing quite like a Wet ‘n’ Wild day out! The North East’s largest waterpark boasts 10 exciting thrill rides as well as newly improved Discovery Island play area for under 5s. There is also a shop and cafe available.

Whitehouse Farm

Whitehouse Farm

Whitehouse Farm is Northumberland’s largest farm attraction with hundreds of animals from traditional to the exotic. There’s always a programme of hands on activities where you can hug a bunny or be mesmerised by meerkats.

Whitley Bay Snooker Centre

Whitley Bay Snooker Centre

Whitley Bay Snooker Centre offers something for absolutely everyone. It’s the professional snooker and pool place to be! It’s the centre with 6 Riley Aristocrat tables, one 3/4 table and three world class star tables.

Woodhorn Narrow Gauge Railway

Woodhorn Narrow Gauge Railway

Woodhorn Narrow Gauge Railway is a heritage railway running a combination of modern and ex-mining stock. The railway operates a fleet of three locomotives and three coaches that visitor can ride.

Xtreme Bounce

Xtreme Bounce

With over 12 activities available, there is something to suit everyone, whether you’re a seasoned gymnast or visiting for the first time, you’ll definitely leave the dome at Extreme Bounce with a smile on your face.