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