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See the North East’s Best Sights


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From rolling countryside to cosmopolitan cities bursting with culture, the North East has much to offer visitors. If you’re planning a trip to this diverse region, here are just a few suggestions.

City Attractions

Newcastle and Gateshead’s commercial quaysides have undergone a transformation in recent years. The Quayside is now a premier visitor attraction, which features a selection of restaurants and bars. It is also an arts and entertainment hub, with regular live music and the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art. Cross the Gateshead Millennium Bridge that spans the River Tyne, for easy access to all the Quayside has to offer.

If you’d like to explore more of Newcastle, why not take a tour of Victoria Tunnel? Not for the claustrophobic, this 2.5-mile tunnel has a fascinating history, and touring a section of it offers a whole new perspective on this modern city.

Nature & Countryside

One ‘must see’ attraction is the famous Angel of the North. Antony Gormley’s contemporary sculpture has stood on a hill in Low Eighton, Gateshead since 1998, and it remains an iconic piece of public art.

If you’re feeling full of energy, try climbing the 110 steps to the National Trust’s Penshaw Monument. Reach the top and your reward will be some awesome views of Sunderland and the surrounding area. You can also enjoy walking in nearby Penshaw Wood.

Of course, the North East is also home to the Northumberland National Park, which encompasses Hadrian’s Wall, and the North Pennines, which has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

After all that sightseeing, you’ll want to unwind and enjoy a comfortable bed for the night. Set in landscaped gardens and located within a few miles of Newcastle city centre, the historic and luxurious Hedgefield House Bed & Breakfast provides the perfect base for exploring all that the North East has to offer.