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.

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