Things to do in the North East

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Cathedrals & Churches

Durham Cathedral is one of the great buildings of Europe. Set grandly on a rocky promontory next to the Castle with the medieval city huddled below and the river sweeping round.

Castles & Halls

Durham Castle is a Norman castle in the city of Durham, England, which has been wholly occupied since 1840 by University College, Durham.


The Durham University Botanic Garden is a botanical garden located in Durham, England. The site is set in 25 acres of mature woodlands in the southern outskirts of the city.


County Durham's coastline has emerged from a polluted industrial past to become a haven for wildlife.

Heritage Sites

Finchale Priory (pronounced finkle) sometimes referred to as Finchale Abbey was a 13th-century Benedictine priory. The remains are sited by the River Wear, four miles from Durham. It is a Grade I listed building.

Farm Parks

Set in the beautiful rolling hills of County Durham, Hall Hill Farm is an award winning mixed farm of 290 hectares - a great day out for children and schools with loads of great things to do and see.


From Ancient Egypt to modern China, we are the only museum in the North of England devoted entirely to the art and archaeology of the great cultures of Northern Africa and Asia.

Historic Sites

Grainger Town is one of the dazzling jewels in our crown, with classical architecture designed in the 1830s by the internationally renowned Richard Grainger. Grainger Town is the historic heart of Newcastle upon Tyne.


Jesmond Dene, a public park that occupies the narrow steep-sided valley of a small river known as the Ouseburn, flowing south to join the River Tyne: in north-east England, such valleys are commonly known as denes.

Sport Tours

Enjoy a tour around St. James' Park, the home of Championship club Newcastle United F.C. With a seating capacity of 52,405 it is the seventh largest football stadium in England.

Art Galleries

The Biscuit Factory is the UKs largest contemporary art, craft & design gallery set in the heart of the Ouseburn; Newcastles cultural quarter.

Discovery Centres

Housed in the old Co-operative Wholesale Society building, Blandford House. Opening in 1899, it quickly became an iconic building in Newcastle city centre. Blandford House became a museum in 1978 and was re-launched as Discovery Museum in 1993.


A fine selection of restaurants with spectacular views of the Tyne and its Bridges, the place to be seen in Newcastle.

Heritage Sites

Linking the City of Newcastle with the town of Gateshead, the Tyne Bridge is the most celebrated of all the Tyne's bridges.

Historic Sites

A preserved 19th century waggonway under the city from the Town Moor to the Tyne, built to transport coal. The Tunnel was converted in 1939 into an air raid shelter to protect thousands of Newcastle citizens during World War 2.

Heritage Sites

Hadrian's Wall is an amazing World Heritage Site, stretching 84 miles from coast to coast across some of the wildest and most dramatic countryside in England.


Mowbray Park is one of the oldest parks in the North East of England and provides plenty to do especially if you are a Lewis Carroll fan.


Sunderlands Blue Flag award winning beaches are ideal for traditional family seaside fun Sunderlands twin beaches at Roker and Seaburn are the perfect place to unwind.