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