Regional Attractions

Regional Attractions

Northumbria is frequently described as “Britain’s best kept secret” with its abundance of beautiful beaches, magnificent castles, Roman heritage sites, stunning landscape, and friendly people. Probably the most famous attractions in the area are the two World Heritage sites, Hadrian’s Wall and Durham Cathedral, while Holy Island, a monastery since 870 AD is equally renowned. Also well known are the award winning “Blinking Eye” Millennium Bridge, Newcastle and Angel of the North, Britain’s largest sculpture. Newcastle is also renowned for its nightlife, recently nominated as the sixth best city in the world.

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World Heritage Sites

* Excellent for children


The Playhouse, Whitley Bay
The Saville Exchange, North Shields
Sage Music Centre, Gateshead
Newcastle Metro Arena
City Hall, Newcastle


Hancock Museum*
Discovery Museum*
Centre for Life, unique science village, UK’s first biotech village*
Seven Stories – the centre for children’s books*


The Playhouse, Whitley Bay
The Priory, Tynemouth
The Buddle, Wallsend
Theatre Royal, Newcastle
Tyne Theatre, Newcastle
People’s Theatre, Newcastle
The Custom House, South Shields
The Empire, Sunderland


UCI Multiplex, Silverlink (5 mins car)
UCI Multiplex, Boldon (15 mins car)
ODEON Multiplex, Metro centre (20 mins car)
Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle (15 mins car)

National Trust Properties

Washington Old Hall (of George Washington fame) (25 mins car)
Souter Lighthouse (25 mins car)
Cragside, Rothbury (first house in world with electricity) (35 mins car)
Wallington Hall (35 mins car)
Penshaw Monument (20 mins car)

Sunderland (25 mins car)

National Glass Centre*
Museum & Winter Gardens
St Peter’s Church 674 AD
Sunderland International Kite Festival*
Sunderland Airshow*

Washington (25 mins car)

Washington Old Hall
Washington Wildfowl Park*
Washington Kite Festival*