The North East, and its main cities Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, Middlesbrough, and Sunderland, are nestled between far-reaching coastlines and adventure-filled national parks. You'll find architectural delights from Newcastle’s Grey Street – one of the finest in the country – to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Durham Cathedral. The Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens are must visits, while beaches like Embleton Bay and Bamburgh are definitely worth a road-trip.

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Counties of the North East


County town Durham is one of the UK’s most picturesque cities. Its two staples – the cathedral and castle – were among the world’s first UNESCO World Heritage sites. The cathedral might look familiar, having stood in for Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films. 

The High Force waterfall in the Durham Dales is well worth a visit.


Northumberland has lots to explore, from castles and historical market towns. 

Its coastline and the jaw dropping North Pennines are both designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. If you love animals, take a boat ride past to spot puffins on Coquet Island, off the coast of Amble.

Tyne & Wear

You'll find lively communities, football fans, nightlife, and art venues – including The Glasshouse and the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art.

You'll also have peaceful beaches and seaside towns nearby, like Tynemouth and South Shields.

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