Iconic sights, awe-inspiring scenery, and compelling local culture – North East England is brimming with an exciting and diverse selection of potential excursion destinations perfect for cruise passengers.


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A Tasty Trail of Culinary Delights

Farming has shaped the North East England landscape and the region is rich with some of the finest food and drink you could wish to taste. From farm shops and micro-breweries, to restaurants that champion local produce and tearooms that take pride in their homemade fare discover some delicious highlights and eat your way around the county.

Taste what’s unique in the region and discover some gorgeous local specialities. Craster is world-renowned for its kippers, lobster comes from Northumberland shores and salmon is still caught in Berwick the traditional way using coble boats and nets. Local meat with big, bold flavours, game and venison as well as wild salmon, sea and brown trout are available.

There are Lindisfarne Oysters, Lanchester Asparagus, Carroll’s Heritage Potatoes, and abundance of ice farms and cheeses right across the region. Not forgetting the micro-breweries and that Earl Grey tea was introduced at Howick Hall in Northumberland.

Whether its shopping, a hearty lunch or afternoon tea, a taste of North East England can be included in any of the half and full day tours.


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Coast and Castles Panorama

Northumberland has more castles than any other English county, many of which grace its breathtaking coastal landscape.

Discover the majestic ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle and Warkworth Castle, or the magnificent residences of Bamburgh Castle and Alnwick Castle as you travel north to experience the beautiful Holy Island or Farne Islands - unforgettable sanctuaries located just off this scenic coastline.

Distance from Port of Tyne:

- Alnwick: 56mins by road / 37miles / 60km
- Bamburgh: 1hr 25mins by road / 54miles / 86km
- Farne Islands: 1hr 30mins by road / 53miles / 86km
- Holy Island: 1hr 42mins by road / 63 miles / 101 km

Half Day:

- Bamburgh Castle & Warkworth Castle
- Alnwick Castle & panoramic coastal drive

Full Day:

- Alnwick Castle & Bamburgh Castle
- Bamburgh Castle & Holy Island
- Bamburgh Castle & Farne Islands


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Delightful Durham

After a stop at the Angel of the North step back in time at the superb Beamish Open Air Museum - a superb living, working experience of life as it was in the 18th and 19th centuries. Drive a further ten miles and discover the medieval Durham City. Its skyline is one of the most stunning city panoramas in Europe, dominated by the “UK’s Number One Landmark” – Durham Cathedral. Together with Durham Castle, commissioned by William the Conqueror, they form a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city also offers the hidden gem of Crook Hall and Gardens and in the Durham Dales you’ll find The Bowes Museum – a French château housing outstanding collections of European fine and decorative art.

Distance from Port of Tyne:

- Beamish: 30mins by road / 17miles / 28km
- Durham Cathedral: 30mins by road / 21miles / 34km
- The Bowes Museum: 1hr 10mins by road / 46miles / 74km

Half Day:

- Angel of the North, Durham City including Durham Cathedral and Castle
- Angel of the North, Durham Cathedral and Crook Hall and Gardens

Full Day:

- Angel of the North, Beamish and Durham Cathedral
- Angel of the North, Durham Cathedral and The Bowes Museum


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Garden and Castle Pleasures

Dramatically situated on the edge of the market town, both the castle and garden in Alnwick offer a magical escape from the outside world.

Combining magnificent medieval architecture with sumptuous Italianate State Rooms, Alnwick Castle is one of the UKs most iconic castles and The Alnwick Garden is one of the world's most extraordinary contemporary gardens, with fascinating plants, water sculptures, the infamous Poison Garden and one of the world's largest wooden treehouses.

Distance from Port of Tyne:

- Alnwick: 56mins by road / 37miles / 60km

Enjoy either The Alnwick Garden or Alnwick Castle as a half day tour or both for a full day excursion


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Historic Hadrian’s Wall

Stretching across some of the country’s most spectacular scenery, Hadrian’s Wall is one of the most important remaining Roman monuments in England.

Marvel at this significant UNESCO World Heritage Site which has survived almost 2,000 years of dramatic history as you travel along the route of the wall.

Visit Housesteads or Chesters Roman Fort, the beautiful medieval town of Hexham with its beautiful Abbey or the delightful village of Corbridge across Northumberland or nearer to the Port visit Segedunum and Arbeia.

Distance from Port of Tyne:

- Housesteads: 1hr by road / 38 miles / 62 km
- Chesters Roman Fort: 48mins by road / 31miles / 50km
- Hexham: 45mins by road /30miles / 48km
- Segedunum: 10mins by road / 4miles / 6km
- Arbeia: 18mins by road / 7miles / 12km

Half day

- Corbridge and Chesters Roman Fort
- Housesteads

Full Day

- Housesteads, Segdunum and Arbeia
- Housesteads, Chesters and Hexham


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Urban Adventures

With its seven bridges, cosmopolitan quayside, stylish shopping and historic roots a trip to Newcastle offers amazing architecture, world class culture and the iconic buildings of Grey’s Monument, the tilting Gateshead Millennium Bridge, BALTIC, Sage Gateshead and the Castle Keep.

Allow at least a half day or extend to a full day and include Beamish, Durham Cathedral or Angel of the North.

Distance from Port of Tyne:

- Angel of the North: 24mins by road / 14miles / 22km
- Beamish: 30mins by road / 17miles / 28km
- Durham Cathedral: 30mins by road / 21miles / 34km
- Newcastle: 15mins by road / 8 miles / 13 km

Half Day or extend to a full day:

- Beamish, Angel of the North and Newcastle
- Durham Cathedral, Angel of the North and Newcastle


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The Garden Route

With a host of attractive gardens North East England offers a wonderful choice from landscaped grounds and gardens to contemporary classics like to The Alnwick Garden. At Belsay Hall and Gardens enjoy over 20 spectacular acres of Grade 1-listed gardens. Explore the incredible gardens of Cragside House - once a wonder of its age. Crook Hall is a stunning medieval manor house surrounded by glorious gardens in the heart of Durham City; and Raby Castle in the Durham Dales is one of England's most impressive medieval castles with a 250 acre deer park and beautiful walled gardens. Howick Hall Gardens was the home of the Prime Minister Charles, 2nd Earl Grey, after whom the famous tea is named. Wallington Garden, 18th century landscape was influenced by Capability Brown, and Whalton Manor, dating from the 17th century was designed by Lutyens with the help of Gertrude Jekyll and includes many architectural gems.

Distance from Port of Tyne:

- Alnwick: 56mins by road / 37miles / 60km
- Belsay Hall, Castle & Gardens: 40mins by road / 24miles / 38km
- Cragside: 48mins by road / 37miles / 60km
- Crook Hall and Gardens: 30mins by road / 21miles / 34km
- Howick Hall Gardens: 53mins by road / 42miles / 68km
- Raby Castle: 56mins by road / 38miles / 62km
- Wallington: 45mins by road / 30miles / 48km
- Whalton Manor: 33mins by road / 22miles / 36km

Half Day:

- Alnwick Garden and Howick Hall Garden
- Belsay and Wallington
- Wallington and Whalton Manor

Full Day:

- Alnwick Garden, Cragside and Wallington
- Crook Hall and Gardens and Raby Castle
- Whalton Manor, Alnwick Garden and Howick Hall Gardens
- Belsay, Cragside and Alnwick Garden

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