The Northeast: Places to Explore

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  • Alnwick

    Dominated by a grand castle, the little market town of Alnwick (pronounced ahn-ick) is the best base from which to explore the dramatic coast and countryside of northern Northumberland.

  • Bamburgh

    Tiny Bamburgh has a splendid castle, and several beaches are a few minutes' walk away.

  • Barnard Castle

    The handsome market town of Barnard Castle has sights of its own and can also serve as a base for venturing into the Teesdale Valley to the northwest. Its unusual butter-market hall (known locally...

  • Berwick-upon-Tweed

    Although Berwick-upon-Tweed now lies just inside the border of England, historians estimate that it’s changed hands between the Scots and the English 14 times. An interesting quirk of history...

  • Bishop Auckland

    For 700 years, between the 12th and 19th century, the powerful prince-bishops of Durham had their country residence in Auckland Castle, in the town of Bishop Auckland. When finally deprived of...

  • Dunstanburgh Castle

  • Durham

    The great medieval city of Durham, seat of County Durham, stands dramatically on a rocky spur, overlooking the countryside. Its cathedral and castle, a World Heritage Site, rise together on a...

  • Farne Islands

  • Greenhead

    In and around tiny Greenhead you'll find a wealth of historical sites related to Hadrian's Wall, including the fascinating Housesteads Roman Fort, the Roman Army Museum, and Vindolanda. In...

  • Hadrian's Wall

  • Hexham

    The area around the busy market town of Hexham is a popular base for visiting Hadrian's Wall. Just a few miles from the most significant remains, it's a bustling working town, but it has enough...

  • Lindisfarne (Holy Island)

    Cradle of northern England's Christianity and home of St. Cuthbert, Lindisfarne (or Holy Island) has a religious history that dates from AD 635, when St. Aidan established a monastery here. Under...

  • Morpeth

    Surrounded by idyllic pastures and tiny lanes, the hilly medieval market town of Morpeth is the closest thing this part of Northumberland comes to bustling. It’s an ideal stop while visiting...

  • Newcastle upon Tyne

    Durham may have the glories of its castle, cathedral, and university, but the liveliest city of the Northeast is Newcastle, currently reinventing itself as a regional center for culture and modern...

  • Rothbury

    The small market town of Rothbury, surrounded by stunning countryside, originally developed as a Victorian resort, attracting the gentry who roamed its hills and glades. Cragside, a notable...

  • Washington

    The little town of Washington has a direct link to the history of the United States.

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