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Places To Visit In Durham

Places To Visit In Durham

Historical with Beautiful Countryside, and a Host of Fabulous Places to Visit in Durham

Keeper’s Cafe

North East England Tourists - Places To Visit In DurhamKeeper’s Cafe: your new favourite place to enjoy homemade food, delicious cakes and find the perfect 
 keepsake for you, your loved one and your home. As a mother & daughter team our focus is to create a family friendly place to eat, play and buy that special keepsake. In our lovely café you can treat yourself to homemade food, a delicious cake 
or a mouth-watering scone  READ MORE



High Force Waterfall

High Force Waterfall Places To Visit In Durham


High Force Waterfall is within the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty .  River Tees and the waterfall form the historic county boundary between County Durham and the North Riding of Yorkshire.High Force Waterfall on the River Tees, Near  the area of Middleton-in-Teesdale,   making the  journey to see this  Waterfall, an amazing scenic trek.  READ MORE



The Bowes Museum

The Bowes Museum Places To Visit In Durham


The Bowes Museum is a fantastic French château originally owned by John and Josephine Bowes built in the 19th Century.  The house originally was created to showcasee collections of fine art which were of international interest.    READ MORE




The Old Paper Mill

North East England Tourists Places To Visit In Durham


Bijou, beautifully renovated former paper mill in the heart of the Derwent Valley. Ideal for couples (with room for a travel cot or child’s bed). This charming detached stone building, nestled in woodland, dates back to the mid 1700’s and is perfectly placed for exploring the Derwent and Tyne Valley,and the cities of Newcastle (10 miles) and Durham. With easy access to Beamish Museum, Tanfield Railway, Hadrians Wall and the well known market towns of Hexham and neighbouring Corbridge, with their art galleries, cafes and host of country shops.  READ MORE



Beamish Museum

Beamish Museum - places to visit in Durham


Beamish, the North of England Open Air Museum, is a living museum, located in Beamish, near the town of Stanley, County Durham, England. The museum was create to preserve an example of everyday life in urban and rural North East England. Beamish Museum is a great place for you and your children to have a feel of what life was like in the early 20th Century   READ MORE



Crook Hall

Crook Hall - Top 12 Things to do at the weekend when visiting North East England - places to visit in durham


Just  off  the A691. less than a mile from the centre of Durham City stands the medieval manor of Crook Hall which is set in rural landscape gardens. The original Crook Hall was built around 1286 on lands belonging to Sydgate Manor. In the early years of the 14th century the property was eventually named after the owner, Peter de Croke.  Only the great hall and a screen passage remain from that early medieval building   READ MORE




Diggerland - Places to Visit in Durham


Truly a day out with a difference, Diggerland is the perfect Easter Day out, for boys and girls as well as mums and dads.   There is a host of rides and activities which give great value for money.  Not only can you explore the Diggerland park, you can also buy into one of their experiences.  READ MORE



Tanfield Railway

Tanfield Railway - Top 12 Things to do at the weekend when visiting North East England - places to visit in durham



The Tanfield Railway line runs between Gateshead and Co. Durham. The line runs for some 4.8 kilometers between the southern terminus based at East Tanfield, Co. Durham to the northern terminus which is situated at Sunniside in Gateshead. The main station is located near to the Marley Hill engine shed, at St Andrew’s house. It is said that the railway is oldest working railway in the world. The railway was built to be a coal transporter from Co. Durham to the Tyne and then onto the docks for transportation  READ MORE



Adventure Valley

adventure valley - Top 12 Things to do at the weekend when visiting North East England - Places to Visit in Durham

Adventure Valley is a  great farm attraction based inbetween Chester-le-Street and Durham City.  With lots for kids and kids at heart to see and do, its a great way to spend a day out.   With go-karts and lots of outdoor play equipment, including climbing frames, slides and swings, the kids will have great fun at Adventure Valley.   There are giant sandpits and with jumping pillows, there is lots to do here.  Definitely a way to work off all that energy!    READ MORE



Durham Tees Valley

Durham Tees Valley Airport - Places to visit in Durham


Durham Tees Valley Airport is going up in the world.  With destinations across the globe, this landmark airport can get you to where you need to be all from the convenience of being local to the North East.   With flights to the USA, Amsterdam, Aberdeen, Dubai, UAE and Los Angeles and many more you do not want to miss out.  READ MORE







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Places to visit in Teesside

Great places to visit in Teesside

Splash Leisure and Activity Centre

Places to Visit in Teesside - SplashSplash is a busy vibrant leisure centre and gym, and must be included when considering places to visit in Teesside.  There is lots going on for all the family.  Their offers include, swimming, dancing, karate, wrestling, ju jitsu, table tennis and mini soccer to name but a few.  Based in Stockton upon Tees, open every day, with a range of membership options.  READ MORE



Head of Steam Railway Museum

Places to Visit in Teesside -  Railway Museum

The Head of Steam Railway Museum, formerly known as the Darlington Railway Centre and Museum, first opened in 1975, and is housed within the North Road Station built in 1842.
This railroad museum has exhibits which are devoted to the area formly served by the North Eastern Railway and  the railway industry of Darlington,  and also focuses particularly on the  Stockton and Darlington Railway, which was the world’s first steam powered passenger railway and one of the great historical places to visit in Teesside.  READ MORE


MIMA – Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art

Places to Visit in Teesside -  mima

Mima was formerly opened in January 2007.  It was created in partnership with  Teesside University.   Previously this was known as the Cleveland Gallery, which closed in 2003, while the Mima gallery was being constructed.   The Mima Gallery houses an education suite, as well as the gallery.  There is also a cafe bar, shop and roof terrace where visitors can relax and browse.

The centre has hosted numerous exhibitions in its gallery and has its own wonderful collection of fine and applied art from early 18th Century.  The collections are not constantly displayed, being brought out during the programme of exhibitions.   READ MORE


Tees Transporter Bridge

Places to Visit in Teesside -  Tees Transporter BridgeThe  Tees Transporter bridge was inspired in 1872 when Charles Smith, Manager of the Hartlepool Iron Works, submitted a scheme to Middlesbrough Corporation. to cross  the River Tees.  The scheme was not pursued and following a 1907 Act of Parliament the Bridge was built by Sir William Arrol & Co of Glasgow at a cost of£68,026 6s 8d, between 1910 and 1911,  replacing the steam ferry services.  The opening ceremony was performed on 17 October 1911 by Prince Arthur of Connaught. The bridge was awarded the Institution of Mechanical Engineers‘ highest honour in December 1993.   and in 1985, the historical importance was also recognised by its listing as a Grade II.  READ MORE


Captain Cook Birthplace Museum

Captain Cooks Birthplace Museum - Places to Visit in Teesside -

Captain Cook Birthplace Museum, which is open to the public,  is located in Stewart Park, Marton, Middlesbrough, which covers over 120 acres,  two lakes and woodlands.  It is one of three institutions run by theMiddlesbrough Museum & Gallery Service along with the Dorman Museum and the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art .

Captain Cook Birthplace  museum opened in 1978, the 250th anniversary of the birth in the same spot of British naval explorer and circumnavigator, Captain James Cook.  READ MORE


Ormesby Hall

Ormesby Hall - Places to Visit in Teesside - Ormesby Hall  a Grade I listed building, is a predominantly 18th-century mansion house completed in 1754.  This is s situated in Ormesby, only three miles from Middlesbrough, in the north-east of England.  The home of the Pennyman family,  dating back to 1600, the property has been much modernised, and  now described as a “classic Georgian mansion”, it comprises a main residential block and an adjacent stable block. The stable block housed the horses of Cleveland Police Mounted Section until their disbandment in December 2013.  Steeped in history, this beautiful Hall is a must do in your places to visit in Teesside.   READ MORE


 Middlesbrough FC Riverside Stadium

Places to Visit in Teesside -  Riverside StadiumThe Middlesbrough FC Riverside Stadium, is home to Middlesbrough AFC… READ MORE

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Places To Visit In Tyne and Wear

Places To Visit In Tyne and Wear

A Selection of Places To Visit in Tyne and Wear

Upside Down Presents

Places to Visit in Tyne and Wear - North East England Tourists

Nestled in the heart of Newcastle NE1 Quayside district, sandwiched in between the Castle and the Tyne Bridge, (one of the most cultural places to visit in Tyne and Wear)  is the unique UpSide Down Presents, 61 Side to be precise.

Offering local gifts, magnets, postcards, mugs, tea-towels, candles and more – as well as highly originalgreeting cards and other keepsakes and rare bits and bobs you just have to have.


Bessie Surtees House

Places to Visit in Tyne and Wear -Bessie Surtees House - Visiting North East EnglandHoused on bustling Newcastle Quayside, Bessie Surtees House consists of two merchant’s houses.  Bessie Surtees House is a great find and one of the most historical places to visit in Tyne and Wear.  The houses are grade 1 listed buildings which have been owned and maintained by English Heritage since 1989.  The buildings (addresses were originally nos 41 and 44 Sandhill)  are very rare; built in Jacobean times (The reign of King James 1).  Bessie Surtees house is famous because the lady the house is named after eloped with John Scott a coal merchants son, who eventually became the Lord Chancellor of England.   John Scott, became Lord Eldon, when he entered the House of Lords in 1799 READ MORE


Silksworth Sports Complex and Ski Slope

Places to Visit in Tyne and Wear - Silksworth Sports ComplexSilksworth was a small mining community in Sunderland, although most of the links back to a vibrant mining community have all but disappeared.   It now proudly boasts the  Silksworth Sports Complex, which is a must go to venue for visitors to North East England.  With  3 dry ski-slopes, for all you skiing enthusiasts to practice, 2 lakes which are brilliant for anyone who wants to while away the hours fishing, a lovely picnic area, and for the kids an adventure playground, as well as a skating park.    For the more sportier there is an athletics track, tennis courts,  soccer and hockey pitches.  READ MORE

Centre for Life – Science Centre

Places to Visit in Tyne and Wear - Science Centre

All areas of the Science Centre including major exhibitions, the planetarium, 4D Motion Ride and Science Theatreare included in the Science Centre ticket. Special events may have separate pricing; visit the What’s On page for details. Food and drinks are sold separately in the cafes.

Buying tickets

Want a Science Centre ticket? Buy your tickets from Science Centre reception on the day of your visit. Online booking not available.    READ MORE


Wet and Wild

Places to Visit in Tyne and Wear - Wet and WildKids and Adults will have lots of fun at Wet and Wild, with brilliant slides and water fun, with features for all ages. It seems like this great attraction has been entertaining the people of the North East of England for ever!  But it’s still never lost it’s wide appeal.   There is something for all the family and it’s a perfect day out over the Holidays.  Check the timetable for opening times, and with prices from £2.95 it’s not to be missed.  READ MORE



The Biscuit Factory

Places to Visit in Tyne and Wear - The biscuit factorySituated just outside of Newcastle City Centre, the Biscuit Factory, is hosting a Spring Exhibition over the Easter Holidays.  The exhibition actually begins in early March and runs until May.  As well as seeing the exhibition, the Biscuit Factory is an unusual place to visit, offering afternoon tea, or lunch, visitors can eat in the Factory Kitfchen, or the Artisan, headed by Andrew Wilkinson who was voted North East Chef of the year.  READ MORE



St Marys Island

Places to Visit in Tyne and Wear - St Marys IslandBuilt in 1898, St Marys Island is a prominent and important historical landmark to see when visiting North East England.  The lighthouse was in use until 1984 and was a beacon for sailors and travellers on the stormy and unpredictable North Sea.  It is now a visitors centre, owned and maintained by North Tyneside Council.   READ MORE




Animal Handling at For Paws

Places to Visit in Tyne and Wear -North East England Tourists


Every half term at For Paws, Gosforth, we host wonderful animal handling events.   We regularly open our doors for people in the community to come in and see how wonderful our residents are!    Come along and meet some cracking animals including spring chicks, baby tortoises, baby guinea pigs, snakes, skinks, rabbits and many many more!      READ MORE


Gibside Country Estate

Places to Visit in Tyne and Wear -Gibside


Gibside is a country estate, hosting a beautiful landscaped garden, owned by the National Trust and nestling in the beautiful Derwent Valley.  The Derwent Valley can be found between Rowlands Gill and Burnopfield, in Tyne and Wear.    The National Trust acquired Gibside in 1965, it was previously owned by the Bowes-Lyon family.






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Some Great Little Gems for North East England Tourists

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We love to shout about and highlight unusual places to visits or things to see for North East England Tourists.   One of the key missions of our site is to bring together great businesses which go the extra mile for North East England Tourists and the tourists themselves.  To that end, if you are a business which is geared up to give our visitors a great experience, then sign up now to get listed in our interactive directory. Alternatively, if you are a tourist and you would like to recommend a great experience for other North East England Tourists, then please leave a comment below.  We love to highlight recommendations!

Here are a selection of some of our listings especially for North East England Tourists:

For Paws Pet Shop

Spring Time For Paws - North East England TouristsBased in Gosforth near Newcastle upon Tyne, For Paws has created a great experience primarily targeted towards children, but will be equally novel for adults too.  Their selected workshops include some great facts and information about their animals, but also allows the children to safely handle the pets too.  Some of the pets include, chicks, baby tortoises, guinea pigs, snakes, rabbits and lots more. Events are usually in the school holidays, but check the website for more information.   Events usually last an hour and cost is around £5 per child.  Read More


The Old School

The Old School - North East England TouristsIf you haven’t found anywhere to stay yet, or you are one of our discerning North East England Tourists, looking to book this summer or beyond, then The Old School might well be just what you are looking for.  Based in the village of Scremerston, 3 miles south of Berwick-upon-Tweed and five minutes from the delightful Northumberland coast, it is an ideal base to explore the exquisite delights of Northumberland.   Read More



Upside Down Presents

this-side-up-down-LOGO - North East England TouristsThis great gift shop based in the Quayside area of Newcastle upon Tyne, is a great place to take back a memento of your visit to North East England.  Upside Down offers orginal greeting cards and local gifts, and other keepsakes.  A visit to the Quayside is a must when visiting Newcastle, so why not take a look at this great little shop when you are there.  Read More



Keeper’s Cafe

Keeper's Cafe - North East England TouristsYou can find Keeper’s Cafe just of the A692 at Dipton, Co. Durham.  It’s a great little find, and just the place to stop by to treat yourself to some great homemade food, while on your travels throughout North East England.  As well as great food, cakes and coffee, the Keeper’s Cafe, also offers keepsakes for North East England Tourists, in their gift shop and gallery. They offer handmade pieces by local artists and crafters, so you can get a genuine North East England memento to take home. Read More


The Old Paper Mill

The Old Paper Mill, Durham - North East England TouristsThis beautiful country retreat is one of our favourite listings, and is extremely popular.   A renovated former paper mill, which can be found in Derwent Valley, in Co. Durham.   It is perfectly placed to visit the surrounding tourist spots, in Durham, Derwent, the Tyne Valley, the North East Coast Northumberland.   To see the charm of this great cottage, you must see the brilliant video and gallery featured on our listing.  Read More



Bliss Gifts

Bliss Gifts - North East England TouristsSituated in the market town of Darlington, Co. Durham, this great unique Gift Shop offers, exclusive, stylish and affordable gifts for any occasion.  With a range of gifts, for babies, Weddings, including jewellry, handbags and accessories, this independent shop is a great place to buy a special gift for that special occasion.  Read More




North East England Tourists can find these venues easily by bookmarking our interactive map to track the direction and distances as you travel around North East England.

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Places to Visit in Northumberland

Great places to visit in Northumberland


The Old School

Places to Visit in Northumberland - The Old School You will need somewhere to stay when you are finding places to visit in Northumberland.  Well look no further, enjoy a relaxing stay in this stylishly renovated Victorian School. En-suite rooms, full breakfast and plenty to do and see nearby make this a popular destination for a short break or longer stay in historic Northumberland. Alongside the two en-suite letting rooms, guests use the old school hall as their lounge and breakfast room.
The Old School is the oldest property in the village of Scremerston, 3 miles south of Berwick-upon-Tweed and five minutes from the delightful Northumberland coast. READ MORE

Brockbushes Fruit Farm

Places to Visit in Northumberland - BrocksbushesBrocksbushes is a wonderful fruit farm and farm shop, based just outside of Corbridge, Northumberland.   If you want to treat yourself to quality farm produce, in a beautiful setting, then Brocksbushes must be on your list of places to visit in Northumberland.   This Easter Brocksbushes is hosting a number of Easter events for the kids.  With and Easter Egg Safari,  Animal Corner, and an Army Climbing Wall featuring on various dates across the Easter holidays.  Some of the activities are pre-bookable and you will need to be quick.  Check with the website for up-to-date availability.READ MORE


Hadrians Wall

Places to Visit in Northumberland - Hadrians WallThis Easter themed event, will help you and your family connect to the history of the Roman Era.  Based at the Hadrians Wall site in Corbridge Northumberland, this event is held over 4 days, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th April.   Times are 11 am to 5 pm.   Meet a Roman Centurion and follow the easter themed treasure hunt, to discover chocolate prizes.  READ MORE



Embleton and Newton Links

Places to Visit in Northumberland - Embleton and Newton LinksEmbleton can be found situationed a mile away from the famous and beautiful Northumberland Coast Route.  Embleton bay is breathtaking and stretches for miles.   The beach is just stunning and is usually fairly quiet, very safe, and with lots of space and gorgeous views.   Dunstanburgh Castle heads up Embleton  Bay, which is a great historical site and a “must see”.  The Village is very historical and boasts a  12th Century Norman Church, which is a great feature to visit.bleton & Newton Links READ MORE


Belsay Castle and Hall

This gorgeous castle must top your places to visit in Northumberland list.  Belsay Places to Visit in Northumberland - Belsay CastleCastle is a  fine 14th century Medieval Castle situated in the village of Belsay, Northumberland approximately 5 miles from Ponteland on the A696 linking Newcastle and Jedburgh.READ MORE



Hexham Market

Places to Visit in Northumberland - Hexham MarketHexham Farmers’ Market takes place every second and fourth Saturday of the month, all through  winter hours so the market will run between 9am and 1.30pm. Expect some great winter veg, and  cheese producers, four meat producers providing you with rare breed pork, organic belted Galloway beef, organic lamb and mutton and a great range of sausages.READS MORE



Billy Shiels Boat Trip

Places to Visit in Northumberland - Billy Shiels Boat Trips

See the beautiful North East coastline on Billy Shiels Boat Trips which run from Seahouses to The Farne Islands.  This wonderful family run business has been hosting sea trips from Seahouses since 1918.    The fleet of 7 boats are all named “Glad Tidings”, a family tradition, and they also host  a high speed Rib called Ocean Explorer.READ MORE



Alnwick Castle

Places to Visit in Northumberland - Alnwick CastleThe current Duke of Northumberland and his family (the Percy Family) live in Alnwick Castle, but only occupy  part of it, and has been renovated by the present Duchess. The Alnwick castle is only open to the public throughout the summer. but still attracts thousands of visitors each year. READ MORE



Holy Island

Holy IslPlaces to Visit in Northumberland - holy islandand , a small island just a few miles off the coast of Bamburgh, is a wonderful place for a family day out. The island is home to a small picturesque village full of gift shops and tourist spots, including Lindisfarne Castle & Priory, and many other amazing historical spots. Holy Island carries a wealth of history within its tidal walls. READ MORE




Corbridge iPlaces to Visit in Northumberland - corbridges a small village in Northumberland between Hexham and Newcastle. The village is a beautiful place and is home to many quaint boutique shops, cafes and a well known pub.READ MORE




Keilder Water and Forest Park

KiePlaces to Visit in Northumberland - kielder water and forest park lder Water and Forest Park – If you’re looking for nature, sports, relaxation, activities, family fun or a romantic getaway, Kielder is the perfect place, it has something for everyone. You can take part in many activities in the facilities that are available, or you can explore the forest your way, on foot, on bike, or even take a drive around. READ MORE



Bamburgh Castle

Places to Visit in Northumberland - bamburgh castle

Enjoy a fantastic day out at Bamburgh Castle. The huge castle, situated on the Northumberland Coast, is a sight you can see from far away whilst driving through the winding roads into the beautiful town of Bamburgh , and it is a sight that will take your breath away.READ MORE




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