1 Durham Cathedral
Said to be the finest Norman building in Europe, this awe-inspiring cathedral soars above the River Wear.
2 Beamish Museum
Exceptional open-air museum that recreates the Northeast’s industrial past.
3 Killhope Lead Mining Museum
Put on a hard hat and get down the pit to see what life was really like for the Weardale coal miners.
4 Newcastle nightlife
From raucous clubs and chic wine bars to cosy boozers and chilled-out indie gigs, there’s something for everybody.
5 Hadrian’s Wall
Walk the length of the greatest Roman monument in England.
6 Northumberland castles
Northumberland is littered with beautiful castles, telling of a violent past ridden with ferocious battles and embittered family feuds.
7 Holy Island
A brooding lump of rock reached by a tidal causeway, this is a cradle of Christianity, where the splendid, illuminated Lindisfarne Gospels were created.