Discover the North East
Visit North East England to discover some of our country's real gems - both hidden and sparkling in the spotlight. As you travel further north, you can discover majestic Durham and its famous Durham Cathedral, cosmopolitan yet historic Tyne and Wear with Newcastle and Gateshead, and picture-perfect Northumberland with its castle-lined coastline.
Historical sites to take you back through time, vast landscapes to explore, and wildlife to make you go 'aw'. That's Northumberland. Countless castles jostle for attention - 'proper' castles with battle-ments and portcullises, ghostly ruins guarding endless sandy beach-es, and ones that echo with ancient footsteps. At night, turn your gaze upwards to see millions of stars pinpricking Northumberland's famed dark skies.
The twin cities of the North East are linked by a series of iconic bridges crossing the Tyne. The rejuvenated quayside is home to internationally regarded music arenas and art museums in addition to its many bridges. Get acquainted with the broader Tyne and Wear area in its local museums and galleries or cheer on the beloved Newcastle United with the Toon Army.
If you are a lover of gardens and grand stately homes, then Northumberland has plenty to offer. Of course you will have heard of The Alnwick Garden, the finest contemporary garden in the UK, but other equally delightful gardens can be found at Howick Gardens & Arboretum and Cragside Estate to name but a few.
If you are unlucky enough to have timed your visit to Northumberland during one of the few rainy days, there are plenty of all weather attractions to enthral you. Woodhorn Museum & Northumberland Archivess is home to a fascinating exhibition on the mining heritage of Northumberland as well as ever changing interac-tive exhibitions. Museums and galleries can also be found within many of our great castles and along Hadrian's Wall.