12590 BH Itinerary Two Nights by hhab2910


Travelling to the UK for a holiday? Then enjoy a mini break within your holiday in the stunning
surroundings of North East England, it’s the perfect English destination.

Travelling to the region couldn’t be easier. You’ll find two international airports – Newcastle International
and Durham Tees Valley – an international ferry terminal and excellent road and rail links providing easy
access to England’s east coast.

North East England is a unique and unforgettable place with its natural beauty, cosmopolitan city
culture and historic treasures and its location makes it a great base from which to explore the rest of
the UK with its close proximity to Scotland and Yorkshire.

By staying in the region for two nights you could really feel the benefits of a holiday within a holiday!

Driving 20 minutes south of Newcastle International Airport will take you to the historic market
city of Durham where you will find the first of two UNESCO World Heritage Sites in North East England,
Durham Castle and Cathedral.
The sheer scale of Durham city’s beautiful architecture makes it a pleasure to explore. You could
take a guided walking tour of the city and its medieval lanes or enjoy a relaxing river cruise.
Specialist boutiques make Durham a great place for shopping for designer labels and unique gifts.
After a leisurely afternoon exploring the city of Durham, head over to stay the night in Seaham Hall
for a wonderfully relaxing experience. Seaham Hall and the Serenity Spa was voted Best UK Spa
Destination by Condé Nast Traveller, this innovative hotel and spa truly defines the tranquillity for
which our region is renowned.
Once you’ve experienced the spa its time to visit the White Room Restaurant, the finest Michelin star
restaurant in County Durham.

After a good nights sleep wake up feeling refreshed and ready to explore further. Head north of the
region on the Northumberland costal route, one of the most beautiful coasts in England. Look out
for Howick, home of Earl Grey tea, spectacular Bamburgh Castle, the ruins of Dunstanburgh and the
Holy Island of Lindisfarne before heading in-land to explore Alnwick Castle and The Alnwick Garden.

Alnwick Castle is home to the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland and is the second largest
inhabited castle in the country, the castle is most recently famous for being home to Harry Potter’s
school ‘Hogwarts’.
Right next door to the castle is The Alnwick Garden, a vision of the Duchess of Northumberland.
Acclaimed as one of the best contemporary gardens in the world, The Alnwick Garden boasts
a breathtaking Grand Cascade – the largest waterfall of its kind in Britain, a Bamboo Labyrinth,
The Rose Garden, Poison Garden and one of the world’s largest tree houses.
After an afternoon exploring Northumberland, the most tranquil area in England, head to Newcastle
and Gateshead to take in some of the city’s unique culture.
The banks of the River Tyne are littered with museums, galleries and concert halls for you to
explore. Have a meal in Six, the restaurant at the top of BALTIC: Centre for Contemporary Art
and take in the views of this inspiring Quayside. Once you’ve had dinner you can stroll along
to The Sage Gateshead, one of the world’s premier music venues to take in a performance.
Stay the night at one of the city’s boutique hotels – Hotel Du Vin so you can continue soaking
up the atmosphere from the Quayside at this recently converted home of the Tyne Tees Steam
Shipping Company.

The next morning head west of the region and spend time exploring the fascinating history of
Hadrian’s Wall, a 2000 year old UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the second of our regions World
Heritages Sites, with many forts and museums open to the public along its length. Continuing all
along the length of the wall will lead you to Cumbria and the beautiful Lake District.
Remember these suggestions are only a sample of what there is to see and do in North East England.
Feel free to choose from these ideas and build your own itinerary depending on how long you are
staying in the region.
For more information on the region, accommodation and attractions visit visitnortheastengland.com

Newcastle – Durham                       20 minutes
Durham – Seaham Hall                     20 minutes
Seaham Hall – Northumberland             60 minutes
Heart of Northumberland – Newcastle      30 minutes
Newcastle – Hadrian’s Wall attractions   40 minutes
Newcastle – Edinburgh                    2 hours 20 minutes
Durham – York                            1 hour 30 minutes
Newcastle – Cumbria                      1 hour 40 minutes


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