Discover a dazzling chest of historic, natural and cultural treasures across North East England perfect for both full and half day excursions.

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Alnwick Castle

Distance from Port of Tyne: 56 mins by road / 37miles / 60km

Home to the Duke of Northumberland's family, the Percys, for over 700 years, Alnwick Castle is the second largest inhabited castle in the country and offers history on a grand scale - from knights and wizards to gunpowder plotters and passionate collectors. Brimming with history to be discovered it has taken starring roles in a number of film and television productions, including Harry Potter film and the popular drama Downton Abbey.


Angel of the North

Distance from Port of Tyne: 24 mins by road / 14miles / 22km

Since spreading its wings in February 1998, Antony Gormley's Angel of the North has become one of the most talked about pieces of public art ever produced. Rising 20 metres from the earth near the A1 in Gateshead, the Angel dominates the skyline. Made from 200 tonnes of steel, it has a wingspan of 54 metres and a red-brown colour that comes from the weathering steel which can withstand winds of more than 100 miles per hour.


Bamburgh Castle

Distance from Port of Tyne: 1 hr 25 mins by road / 54miles / 86km

Once home to the kings of ancient Northumbria, Bamburgh Castle is a wonderfully situated castle, built atop an outcrop of basalt high above a sandy beach, looking out across the North Sea to the Farne Islands.The Castle today is a relatively recent structure, built by famed industrialist the first Lord Armstrong at vast cost in late Victorian times.



Distance from Port of Tyne: 30 mins by road / 17miles / 28km

Discover what life was like in North East England in the 1820s, 1910s and 1940s at Beamish, a living, working museum, set in 300 acres of beautiful Durham countryside. Costumed folk bring to life the Town, Pit Village, Home Farm and Pockerley Old Hall. Experience how the Industrial Revolution transformed agricultural life in the region. The buildings at Beamish are not replicas, but have been brought, brick by brick, from around the region and rebuilt to give visitors a real sense of history.


Durham Cathedral

Distance from Port of Tyne: 30 mins by road / 21miles / 34km

Regarded one of the finest Roman Cathedrals in Europe Durham Cathedral houses the shrine of Cuthbert of Lindisfarne. Set on a rocky promontory next to Durham Castle, this unique, historic and scenic site was awarded the status of a World Heritage Site in 1986 and overlooks the medieval Durham City with its fascinating narrow streets.


Farne Islands

Distance (to Seahouses) from Port of Tyne: 1 hr 30 mins by road / 53miles / 86km

Scattered a couple of miles off the coast near Seahouses is the Farne Islands. Around 23 different varieties of birds can be spotted here, including razorbills, guillemots, eider ducks and colourful puffins. The islands have the largest breeding seal colony in England with some 1,000 pups born here each autumn.


Hadrian's Wall

Distance (to mid-point) from Port of Tyne: 1 hr by road / 43 miles / 70 km

A spectacular World Heritage Site, Hadrian's Wall stretches 73 miles from sea to sea across some of the wildest and most dramatic country in England. Experience Roman life and epic history in stunning locations with world class archaeology, spectacular landscapes, rare wildlife, complete solitude, vibrant cities, wonderful pubs and a population of friendly and welcoming people.


Holy Island

Distance (to Causeway) from Port of Tyne: 1 hr 42 mins by road / 63 miles / 101 km

Lying just a few miles off the Northumberland coast, Holy Island is cut off twice-daily from the rest of the world by the sea. Holy Island carries a wealth of history within its tidal walls. As the epicentre of Christianity in Anglo Saxon times, Lindisfarne Priory was once the home of St Oswald, and rising from the sheer rock face at the tip of the island is Lindisfarne Castle.



Distance from Port of Tyne: 15 mins by road / 8 miles / 13 km

With a great mix of independent boutiques, high street favourites, red-hot designer brands and shopping malls NewcastleGateshead is the style capital of the North. World-class culture, vibrant nightlife, award-winning dining, inspiring heritage, fantastic shopping and acclaimed architecture make it a real urban adventure.


The Alnwick Garden

Distance from Port of Tyne: 56mins by road / 37 miles / 60 km

Located in a historic market town The Alnwick Garden is one of the world's most ambitious new gardens. The Duchess of Northumberland's vision for a forgotten plot is now a truly 21st century experience full of imagination, inspiration and fun offering a wonderful combination of spaces, themes, quirkiness and play.

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