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Attractions in the North East of England

Many of the Attractions in the North East of England date back nearly 2,000 years such as Hadrian’s wall and some of the castles and forts along its length others, although still large, are much more modern such as the Angel of the North which has presided over the A1 at Gateshead since 1998. There are coastal attractions such as Bamburgh Castle and the Island of St Mary’s with its lighthouse and small nature reserve. The Cathedral at Durham  is regarded as one of the finest examples of Norman architecture and has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For railway enthusiasts there is  the Stephenson Railway Museum located in North Shields and for historians the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum at Marton, Middlesbrough.

Angel of the North

Since spreading its wings in February 1998 Antony Gormley’s The Angel of the North has become one of the most talked about pieces of public art ever produced. Rising 20 meters from the earth near the A1 in Gateshead, the Angel dominates the skyline, dwarfing all those who come to see it…. Read more

Hadrians Wall

Nearly 2000 years ago, Hadrian’s Wall was constructed on the northern frontier of Rome’s mighty empire. Today it is a World Heritage site with the surrounding countryside forming a stunning background to some of the better preserved sections such as the forts and settlements of Birdoswald…..Read more

Beamish Open Air Museum

Beamish, The North of England Open Air Museum is an open-air museum located at Beamish, near the town of Stanley, County Durham, England. The museum’s guiding principle is to preserve an example of everyday life in urban and rural North East England at the climax of industrialisation in the early 20th century…..Read more

St.Mary’s Island

Reached between the tides via a short causeway from the car park, St. Mary’s has all the fascination of a miniature, part-time island. Visitors can climb the 137 steps inside the tower to the lantern room to enjoy spectacular views along the North East coast of England…..Read more

The Stephenson Railway Museum

The Stephenson Railway Museum is managed by Tyne and Wear Museums on behalf on North Tyneside Council, and is located at Middle Engine Lane in North Shields,England. The museum opened in 1986 to commemorate local railway pioneers George and Robert Stephenson…… Read more

Bamburgh Castle

Standing high on a basalt outcrop, overlooking the North Sea, Bamburgh Castle is one of the most impressive looking castles in England. It is visible for many miles, and from its battlements offers views of Lindisfarne Castle on Holy Island, the Farne Islands and the Cheviot Hills…….Read More

Durham Cathedral

The Cathedral Church of Christ, Blessed Mary the Virgin and St Cuthbert of Durham (usually known as Durham Cathedral) is a cathedral in the city of Durham, England, the seat of the Anglican Bishop of Durham. The Bishopric dates from 995, with the present cathedral being founded in AD 1093…..Read more

Roseberry Topping

Roseberry Topping is a distinctive hill on the border between North Yorkshire and the borough of Redcar and Cleveland,England. It is situated near Great Ayton and Newton under Roseberry. Its summit has a distinctive half-cone shape with a jagged cliff, which has led to…..Read more

Captain Cook’s Birthplace Museum

The Captain Cook Birthplace Museum opened on the 28th October 1978 – the 250th anniversary of Cook’s birth. It is housed in a purpose-built building close to the granite urn marking the site of Cook’s birthplace cottage in Stewart Park, Marton, Middlesbrough. The museum tells the story of one of the world’s greatest navigators and mariners through themed display galleries, temporary exhibitions, associated activities and events and a lively education programme…..Read more

Photo : Captain Cook’s Birthplace Museum. Author – John Yeadon

Washington Old Hall

Washington Old Hall is a manor house located in the Washington area of Tyne and Wear. It lies in the centre of Washington, being surrounded by other villages. The manor was the ancestral home of the family of George Washington, the first President of the United States…..Read more

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