Exploring the UK
The north east of England is one of the easiest places to access having excellent road connections and two major airports Newcastle International and Durham Tees Valley. Rail links are served through the East Coast Main line and cross country services from the midlands and west.
Newcastle upon Tyne is the major centre of the region in Tyne and Wear and it provides the visitor with first class accommodation and entertainment facilities. The region comprises the counties of Northumberland famous for its castles, rolling countryside, and Hadrianís Wall. Durham, with its University, Cathedral, history of coal mining, famous people, and heritage sites is also well served with the road, rail and air links. Cleveland, with Middlesbrough and Stockton on Tees at its industrial heart, comprises rolling heather clad moors and much envied rugged coastline, quaint harbours like Whitby of Captain Cook fame and cosy traditional pubs.
The Roman built Hadrianís Wall runs from Newcastle upon Tyne, at Wallsend to Carlisle and is now one of the most visited sites anywhere in the North of England. The route is immensely popular with walkers, who can now traverse the whole length of the wall, visit the Roman sites and museums, enjoy good accommodation en-route, as well as hospitality with well sited Inns.
The Northumberland area boasts many stately homes and it would be difficult to take in the whole of these in just a short visit, but with the variety of accommodation available, many are making frequent weekend visits to the area, taking in perhaps Alnwick Castle on one visit and Bamburgh Castle and Holy Island on another. The Northumberland area has some of the finest scenery to be seen in the Country and the beaches are amongst the finest to be found anywhere.
Durham grew up on coal and heavy industry and the evidence is to be seen all around the county, interesting exhibits and historical monuments are to be found all round. But Durham is not just coal. One of the finest examples of medieval architecture is to be found in the City of Durham with its famous cathedral which is a must to visit when in the area; the east window is worth seeing alone. The city is a traffic free zone and has excellent shopping facilities. Sunderland has its roots in shipbuilding and glass and it is the National Glass Centre where families can enjoy a full range of exhibitions and watch artists create unique artworks from molten glass. No visit to the area would be complete without going back in time to the Beamish Museum and seeing how we were at the turn of the 20th century.
The county of Cleveland takes in the rolling hills of North Yorkshire and has been a favourite with visitors for many years. The whole area is steeped in history from master seafarer Captain Cook who was born nearby and you can view a replica of his ship Endeavour at Stockton. Hartlepool marina is the place to see what life was like at the battle of Trafalgar when you step aboard HMS Trincomalee, Britain's oldest warship still afloat and wonder how 200 men lived in such a small space. From the smugglers heritage centre at Saltburn on Sea to the railway museum at Darlington where you can see Stephensonís Locomotion No 1, you will never be short of things to see and do.