England is a fantastic country to explore. Forget the South; today we tour the finest areas worth a visit in the North-East. Sit back, grab a cuppa, and allow me to reveal why this English region is a must-see.

Flag of the United Kingdom. Top travel tips, places not to miss in the North-East.
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The staggeringly beautiful, slower-paced North-East should be on everyone’s travel list. Boasting some of England’s most alluring countryside and extensive coastlines, the North-East is a region of outstanding beauty, all while sustaining its title as Britain’s nightlife capital.

For a bit of context, I’m as Southern as they come. The England I knew growing up was everything south of Birmingham, Midlands. I moved to North England and fell in love with the North-East. Let me introduce you to my favorite spots the North-East of England has to offer.

Explore the Northumberland Coast

Bamburgh Castle, North-East England
Bamburgh Castle, North-East England
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This vast and deeply historical coastline is a must for anyone who explores the North-East. With a strong mining heritage and ancient battle-grounds, rolling hills, and beautiful villages, the area encapsulates English life. Pack your wellies and don’t mind a splash!

Visit Berwick-upon-Tweed to explore the incredible barracks. Feel the sand beneath your feet on Alnmouth beach. Visit the twisting, cobbled streets of Alnwick and its famous castle dubbed the ‘Windsor of the North’. Wildlife is in abundance and sweet little cafes make the perfect spot for an English afternoon tea. This North-East area has more castles than any other county in England, with over 70 to explore. There’s nothing like breathing fresh England air.

On your North-East visit:

Eat in a treetop at The Treehouse Restaurant in Alnwick. Learn some history in Alnwick Castle. Stargaze at the Kielder Observatory.

Visit Durham

Durham, North-East England
Durham Cathedral, North-East England
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Visit Durham for the quintessential English getaway. Famously known for its UNESCO listed castle and cathedral, this picturesque North-East city makes a superb weekend away. Right at the heart of the city is Durham Cathedral. Constructed in 1093, it’s one of the great buildings of Europe. Renowned for its Romanesque architecture, medieval English cloisters, and towering sandstone pillars, it’s a magnificent sanctuary to explore. With the tallest and narrowest tower of any Cathedral in England, it’ll take you 325 steps to reach the top.

Cafes and fashion shops line the streets, and classic English pubs nestle in between for those after an afternoon tipple. This North-East Durham Castle opens its doors to the public, offering standard rooms right up to magnificent state rooms. Have your breakfast in the medieval Great Hall, then set out to explore the North-East.

On your North-East visit:

Explore the gorgeous Durham Dales. Learn the history of the North-East in the Beamish Museum. Take a stroll along the river Wear.

Explore Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Newcastle-upon-Tyne, North-East England
Newcastle-upon-Tyne, North-East England
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This is the city you cannot miss on your visit to the North-East. Newcastle-upon-Tyne is cheap, stunning, and loaded with England’s friendliest. You can stroll along the River Tyne on market days, maneuver through the cows on the Town Moor, or party it up where the infamous cast of Geordie Shore often blow off steam. Despite its reputation as a party city, you can relax here as much as you can rave. In Newcastle, you can walk from one side of the city center to the other in under 45 minutes, making it an excellent place to visit without the complications of public transport. 

On your North-East visit:

Visit the Baltic Center of Arts. Have a laugh the comedy club The Stand, in England. Get your groove on at the 70s-style North-East retro bar Flares.

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I invite you to explore this region for an unforgettable North-East England experience. I can’t recommend a visit enough.

Have you been to the North-East before? Where else in England do you love to explore?

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