Discover North East England
Top 5 places to visit
So often overlooked, beautiful North East England, one of Britain’s best-kept secrets, yet home too many of its most remarkable sights and landmarks. Here’s what we love.
All this and an Angel to watch over
For those amongst us who love nothing better than to put on your walking boots and head out, then here’s a challenge, why not walk the entire length of Hadrian’s Wall a mere 73 miles, or in new money 118 kilometres, dating all the way back to the Roman Emperor Hadrian and marking the northern most boundary of Roman Britain. The wall is one of Britain’s oldest and finest conserved monuments and is part of the World Heritage Site, your journey will be accompanied by breathtaking landscapes at every stage.
Northumberland National Park
It’s hard to believe, but Northumberland National Park and Kielder Water and Forest park combined make the largest area of protected night sky in Europe, it’s so peaceful, observe the night sky in all its glory, full of stars and heavenly bodies. Keep your walking boots handy to appreciate the fabulous walks on offer in the daytime hours, spectacular hills and sheltered valleys, and an abundance of wildlife.
If its historical castles you’re interested in, then in the North East you’re spoilt for choice, Bamburgh, Chillingham, Raby, Dunstanburgh the list goes on, and of course for those Harry Potter fans there’s Alnwick used as the backdrop for the Harry Potter Films, and remains one of the largest inhabited castles in the UK, and of course don’t forget they have broomstick flying lessons available, which are bound to keep the kids happy. Located on the Northumberland coast, are the castles of Dunstanburgh and Bamburgh, the views are breathtaking as you look out to sea.
Have a night out in Newcastle
You see the city of Newcastle often featured on television as a reference for people out enjoying themselves, I’ve often thought, that looks like fun. Famous for its energetic nightlife centred around the Quayside, a great location, but it’s not all drinking and dancing, across the river in Gateshead you will find the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and Sage music centre.
Walk across the sea to Holy Island
Well known as one of England’s most ancient Christian sites, a monastery was first founded here in AD635.The castle on Holy Island is perched on a rock, it seems tantalisingly close, you can only reach the island at low tide, when the 3 mile causeway between the island and the mainland is visible, but be careful, timing is everything, as at high tide the causeway if fully submerged, mind you I can think of worse places to be stranded. For more great get a ways