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The Northeast Travel Guide

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Plan Your The Northeast Vacation

For many Britons, the words "the Northeast" provoke a vision of near-Siberian isolation. But although there are wind-hammered, wide-open spaces and empty roads threading the wild high moorland, the Northeast also has simple fishing towns, small villages of remarkable charm, and historic abbeys and castles that are all the more romantic for their often-ruinous state. This is also where

you'll find two of England's most iconic sights: the medieval city of Durham and the stark remains of Hadrian's Wall.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Hadrian's Wall The ancient Roman wall is a wonder for the wild countryside around it as well as its stones and forts, such as Housesteads and Vindolanda.
  2. Castles, castles, castles Fought over by the Scots and the English, and prey to Viking raiders, the Northeast was heavily fortified. Durham, Alnwick, and Dunstanburgh castles are spectacular remnants of this history.
  3. Medieval Durham A splendid Norman cathedral that dates back to the 11th century is just one of the city's charms. Take a stroll on its ancient winding streets.
  4. Alnwick Castle and Gardens The inland seat of the dukes of Northumberland is fascinating with its formidable walls, luxurious interiors, and gardens.
  5. Lindisfarne (Holy Island) To get to this historic island, you drive across a causeway that floods at high tide. This remote spot includes the ruins of Lindisfarne Priory.

When To Go

When to Go

The best time to see the Northeast is in summer. This ensures that the museums—and the roads—will be open, and you can take advantage of the countrys...

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