Further afield

Let’s explore!

Let’s explore!

Newcastle-Gateshead is the ideal base to explore everything that the wider region has to offer.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle

Part of The Old and New Towns of Edinburgh World Heritage Site and standing majestically on top of a 340 million year-old extinct volcanic rock, Edinburgh Castle is fascinating to explore and simply unmissable.

Edinburgh Zoo

Edinburgh Zoo

Home to Tian Tian and Yuang Guang, the only giant pandas in the UK, Edinburgh Zoo is a huge draw for visitors. The zoo also features everything from leopards, flamingos, hippos, bears and over 20 species of primate.

Fish Quay

Fish Quay

The fascinating Fish Quay in North Shields dates back to the 13th century. Today’s quay is the perfect place for a day out, sample fresh fish and chips and take in a colourful slice of modern, Fish Quay life.

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!

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.

Lake Windermere Cruises

Lake Windermere Cruises

Lake Windermere Cruises offer cruises on England’s largest lake in the heart of the Lake District. The spectacular voyage gives the traveller magnificent views of mountain scenery, secluded bays and wooded islands.

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.

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!

Paul Stangroom

Paul Stangroom

Paul Stangroom captures the remote landscapes, fells and forests of the North Pennines. He is known for his Windows series of views looking out from the long abandoned farmhouses and cottages of the region.

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.

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 Marine Park

South Marine Park

South Marine Park has loads of features including beautiful walks, two children’s play areas, a steam train, a lake with ducks and pedalos, a cafe and a Victorian bandstand making it perfect for a family day out.

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.

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 is a fantastic, indoor, entertainment centre on the beach in South Shields that has three restaurants. Visitors can choose a variety of food and drink from Sambuccas, The Brig and the Galleon.

Tynemouth Castle and Priory

ynemouth Castle and Priory

Tynemouth Castle and Priory was once one of the largest fortified areas in England. Overlooking the North Sea and the River Tyne, its 2000 year history and beautiful views makes it the perfect location for a family day out.