North East of England

From the Scottish borders to the counties of Yorkshire, North East England is a region often overlooked by tourists and natives from other parts of Great Britain. The region, often characterised by an industrial age long since past, has gone through immense change and regeneration.

To those that know the North East, there is a wealth of beauty unspoilt by large numbers of visitors. The county of Northumberland is dotted with beautiful historic towns such as Berwick on the Scottish border, Alnwick and Hexham.

It is a region of contrast. The wild beauty of the Northumberland National Park and the modern life of Newcastle. The quiet pit villages of County Durham and the historic grandeur of Durham Cathedral. The new, the old and the disused all reside in stark relief.

The real beauty of North East England is its secret. So few know what this area really has to offer.

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Counties

The North East consists of the following counties:

County previously known as Cleveland Now unitary authorities.
County Durham
Tyne and Wear
Northumberland


Cities

Listed below are nine of the cities of greatest interest to travellers:

Cities

  • Durham
  • Newcastle upon Tyne
  • Sunderland

Large Towns

  • Darlington
  • Gateshead
  • Middlesbrough
  • Stockton-on-Tees

Other Towns

  • Hartlepool
  • Chester le Street
  • Bishop Auckland
  • Easington
  • Newton Aycliffe
  • Shildon
  • Peterlee
  • Ashington
  • Alnwick
  • Berwick-upon-Tweed
  • Consett
  • Stanley
  • Whitley Bay
  • Richmond
  • Billingham
  • Redcar
  • Crook
  • Spennymoor
  • Houghton le spring
  • Sedgefield

Other destinations

  • Hadrian's Wall  on the border with Scotland is an 80-mile long wall built by the Roman Governor Hadrian to keep the Scottish tribes out. A UNESCO World Heritage List site with an information centre situated at Housestead, north-west of Hexham.
  • The Angel of the North - a giant rusty/copper coloured metal angel sculpture. Next to the A1 south of Gateshead.
  • Northumberland National Park 
  • Lindisfarne - the "Holy Island"
  • Captain Cook's Museum, Middlesbrough 
  • The Metro Centre Europe's largest shopping centres.

The North East is England's most northern and sparsely populated region. The area has a very long and bloody history, due to its proximity to Scotland and has fallen under Scottish hands at least once as the border shifted over time.