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Things to Do in The North East

Monday 11th January, 2021 by Host & Stay

Things to Do in The North East

The North East is full of some of the best places of interest to visit in the North of England. 

From remote scenery in County Durham or Bishop Auckland, to thriving city centres like Newcastle upon Tyne, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

So, we’ve decided to put together fun things to do in the North East, no matter where you stay or what it is you like to do.

Let’s start with one of the most historic and stunning cities in the world – Durham.

Durham City Centre – Cathedrals, Rivers, History, and Fantastic Architecture

Within the city centre of Durham, there are countless things to do to keep yourself and families occupied. 

If you’re a Harry Potter fan, you can visit Durham Cathedral where scenes from the blockbuster franchise were filmed. There are Harry Potter tours that take place on a regular basis and the Cathedral itself is one of the most stunning in the country, even if you’re not a fan of wizards.

You’ll also have age old bridges and churches to admire. You can even soak up the views on a walk along the serene River Wear which runs directly through the city centre.

The quaint streets are also a thing of wonder, and they attract millions of visitors from around the world each and every year, thanks to the unique atmosphere and rich history at every corner. With lots of independent shops and boutiques as well as big-name brands, there are lots of shopping opportunities as well as cultural opportunities to explore in the area.

So, whether it’s an afternoon stroll along the riverbanks, a bite to eat in one of the many restaurants in the city centre, a shopping trip or a cultural trip packed with history, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

If you’re looking for places to stay while you enjoy everything the city has to offer, then look no further than Stay North East. We have serviced accommodation in Durham City Centre to suit every style and budget. We cater for those looking for somewhere to stay, whether it’s for business, pleasure, or a bit of both.

Newcastle – A Thriving City Centre with Lots to Do

Newcastle upon Tyne is famous for football, shopping, and nights out.

It’s a fantastic city full of fun (and funny) people so you can expect an unforgettable city break. You can visit the many high street shops available in Newcastle upon Tyne, as well as independent outlets and the bustling Quayside Market which takes place every Sunday.

Areas such as Jesmond have beautiful parks and wildlife as well as fine-dining and high-end drinking establishments, or you can visit Ouseburn Valley for something a little quieter. Here, you can visit a farm site with animals like goats, and have a bite to eat in one of the local pubs or cafes.

Or maybe it’s a walk along the Quayside for a trip to a restaurant or pub, admiring the iconic feats of engineering in the Tyne and Millennium bridges that make the city view so spectacular and unique.

Whether you’re enjoying a family staycation, a romantic retreat or a business trip, Newcastle upon Tyne is an exciting city full of things to do.

We provide serviced apartments in Newcastle Upon Tyne with a space to suit everybody. Everywhere we offer is 5 stars in every sense of the word, so take a look to find perfect places to stay in one of the country’s most colourful and vibrant cities.

County Durham – Countryside and Beautiful Scenery

If nature and adventure is more your style and you’re looking for a stay outside of a city centre, then you can go further afield into the wider County Durham area. 

There are countless walks and nature trails to discover in County Durham, and the space is rich in history and culture, with lots of breath-taking views to make the most of. There are hamlets and villages nestled away, all of which having interesting people to chat to and lots to do. 

There’s lots of opportunities for walking, hiking, cycling, and rock climbing too, as well as star-gazing into space thanks to some of the clearest skies in Europe.

Take a look at Woodland Barn, a luxury self-catering property in the heart of County Durham perfect for getaways for you and the family or a loved one, provided by Stay North East.

Bishop Auckland – Countryside Views and Outdoor Experiences

For a trip in the wider County Durham area, Bishop Auckland is a beautiful civil parish and market town located in the North East of England. It sits around 12 miles away from Darlington and 12 miles from Durham city centre.

Auckland Castle is a fantastic place to explore for families, and there are plenty of opportunities to go and stretch your legs on walks around woodland forests and other scenic areas. Witton Castle is another castle experience that is popular with locals, and has a country park and garden connected to it for an afternoon stroll through the beautiful greenery.

If you’re after a historical journey through time or want to deliver an educational element to a day out with the children, there’s a Roman fort of Binchester in Bishop Auckland, where you can go and learn all about Roman British history.

Check out Chapel Race – Low Force for an idyllic experience in Bishop Auckland. It makes up part of the North Pennines Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with phenomenal scenic views of the great outdoors. There are lots of places of interest to go walking and cycling in the nearby area, as well as horse-riding and hiking activity opportunities.

Tynemouth – Beaches, History, Culture, and More.

Tynemouth is a historic and beautiful area on the North East coast, filled with lots to do such as restaurants, cafes and ice cream shops, independent retailers, and boutiques.

There’s also fantastic fish and chip shops, and even one where Jimi Hendrix visited when he was on tour in England. Here, the guitar legend and worldwide superstar sampled the British dining delicacy we all know and love whilst looking out from the cliff top view.

The beach is nestled away in a corner below the cliff, and is one of the most picturesque seaside areas in the UK. It’s also really close to Tynemouth Priory and Tynemouth Park, which features pedalos and a dinosaur themed mini-golf. The North Shields Fish Quay and Blue Reef Aquarium are close-by too, which are excellent ideas for families with children who need entertaining! 

And if you need somewhere to stay while you enjoy Tynemouth, The View Old Coastguard Cottage is a fantastic, five-bedroom, serviced cottage in the heart of Tynemouth. It’s close to Whitley Bay and South Shields, and has strong Metro links to Jesmond, Newcastle and many more hotspot areas in the Tyne and Wear area.

Get in Touch with Stay North East Today

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg! 

There’s lots to do and experience in the North East region, and we provide serviced accommodation in all of the areas people love to visit, with something to suit everyone. 

Whether it’s a city getaway in the Tyne and Wear, an area with historic architecture, somewhere with a bit of culture or somewhere a little more rural with lots to discover, we’ve got your perfect stay and we can’t wait to provide you with a 5 star, self-catering accommodation, no matter your requirements.

If you’d like to know more about the luxury accommodation we provide in the North East, please drop us an email at or by giving us a call on 0191 283 7690

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