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Vibrant cities

As you travel around the North of England, you will notice our cities; our language, tasty regional delicacies and the people that live here all have very distinct and unique personalities. And best of all, the people who live here are a friendly bunch and will take huge delight in telling you all about their insider tips and personal recommendations to ensure you make the absolute most of your vacation. Use the map below to explore the vibrant cites of the North East.

North East

NewcastleGateshead is the regional capital of North East England. United by seven bridges across a spectacular riverscape, Newcastle and Gateshead form a single, diverse and vibrant visitor destination. You’ll find world-class culture, a vibrant and buzzing nightlife, award-winning dining, a rich heritage, fantastic shopping and acclaimed architecture all wrapped up by the famous Geordie spirit.

Soccer fans can head to St James’ Park, home to Newcastle United FC. On match day the atmosphere is electric and you can hear the roar of the crowd, as the ground is a stone’s throw from the main city centre.

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Durham City, just ten minutes south of NewcastleGateshead by train, is one of England’s popular heritage cities and offers an exciting contrast to the hustle and bustle of the lively regional capital. Step back in time and explore the winding cobbled streets, relaxed riverside walks and the delicious café culture, which all centres around the dramatic Durham Cathedral and Castle, one of the greatest Norman buildings in England and a popular UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Durham City offers unique shopping experiences and quirky pubs. Head a few miles out of the city and in to the Durham countryside and you can really step back in time at award-winning Beamish Museum and experience what life was like in North East England over 100 years ago.

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Sunderland is a bustling city by the sea with a fantastic history. Take a trip to the National Glass Centre and discover the history of glass making in Sunderland. The coastline at Roker and Seaburn is stunning, and home to the popular Sunderland International Airshow. Soccer fans can take in a match at the Stadium of Light, home to Sunderland AFC and if you’re looking to take in a West End Show, Sunderland Empire is sure to guarantee a great night at the theatre. 

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