Places to visit in Tyne and Wear

The north east county of Tyne and Wear is brimming with cultural quayside cities and sandy North Sea beaches like Tynemouth Longsands where the surf is almost always up. Visit Tyne and Wear to discover cosmopolitan Newcastle and Gateshead museums and galleries for a dose of its Roman heritage, cross neon footbridges between redeveloped quays, or chant with the ‘Toon Army’ at a Magpies game - you'll soon feel like a true Geordie! Head to Sunderland for sparkling shopping malls and landscaped Victorian parks, not to mention more football, and stop by Washington to visit the Wetlands, one of the most unique things to do in Tyne and Wear.

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Go ghost hunting in Newcastle Castle

Uncover the horrifying history and hauntings of the castle from which Newcastle gets its name.

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear

Sandhaven Beach, South Shields

Make a splash at Sandhaven Beach

Sandcastles, surf and smiles await in the fantastic seaside town of South Shields!

Location: South Shields, South Tyneside

Enjoy winter ice skating at the Centre for Life

Ice skating returns to Times Square in Newcastle this winter, offering the perfect opportunity to start your winter break in style.

Location: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

Animal antics at Down at the Farm

Down at the Farm is one of Sunderland's most popular farms, home to a wide range of rare breed animals including giant tortoises, alpacas, raccoons, donkeys and red deer.

Location: Sunderland, Tyne and Wear

Get hands on with history at sites across Hadrian's Wall

Enjoy a deeper exploration into our Roman heritage through reconstructions and live excavations on a visit to Hadrian’s Wall.

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne / Carlisle / Hexham

Go Walrus hunting at Sunderland Museum

Discover the inspirational statue behind the Lewis Carroll poem Walrus and the Carpenter.

Location: Sunderland, Tyne and Wear

Meet your food heroes at the Big Eat Weekend

If you’ve got a taste for Thai or a craving for cupcakes, get down to the Big Eat Weekend and get your fill of Newcastle’s best street food.

Location: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

Enjoy Newcastle’s nightlife – and its famous ales

Get a real taste of NewcastleGateshead on a local ale trail to buzzing pubs, then head on to catch a live gig in the coolest neighbourhoods.

Location: NewcastleGateshead, Tyne and Wear

Jarrow Hall

Enter the world of Anglo-Saxon Northumbria at Jarrow Hall

Discover the incredible story of Anglo-Saxon Northumbria and the extraordinary life of the Venerable Bede.

Location: Jarrow, South Tyneside, Tyne and Wear

Climb the grassy hill to iconic Penshaw Monument

Roam picturesque parkland, spy flamingos and otters, admire sculptures and climb the secret staircase of this famous monument for panoramic views.

Location: Penshaw and Washington, Tyne and Wear

Marvel at prehistoric cliffs and caves

The magnificent coastline of South Tyneside tells a story that stretches far beyond the stunning aesthetics of the golden sands and rugged cliffs.

Location: Marsden, South Tyneside

Visit the Angel of the North

Antony Gormley’s Angel of the North is the UK’s most famous piece of public art.

Location: Gateshead, Tyne and Wear

Visit Jesmond Dene, a little green in the City

Do you love to picnic? Visit NewcastleGateshead to experience the beautiful wildlife corridor that leads to the centre of Newcastle.

Location: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

Discover a tale of forbidden love at Bessie Surtees' house

A tale of forbidden love to rival Romeo and Juliet is immortalised in Bessie Surtees’ 16th century house, tucked behind NewcastleGateshead's quayside

Location: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

September events: Test your fitness levels at The Great North Run

The Great North Run is an iconic half marathon with more than 54,000 runners registering to take part every year.

Location: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

Visit a unique Roman cavalry exhibition along Hadrian’s Wall

2,000 years of history comes to life in Hadrian’s Cavalry, an exhibition celebrating the Roman cavalry regiments.

Location: Hadrian's Wall

Wine tasting at Hotel du Vin

Take a trip around the world's wines in Newcastle.

Location: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

Master your bread-making skills at Blackfriars Restaurant

Visit England’s oldest dining room in Newcastle and leave with some expert cooking skills from a master baker.

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear

June events: Cheer on a winner at the Northumberland Plate Festival

Put on your posh frocks and enjoy three days of racing and live music at one of the biggest events in the North East horseracing calendar.

Location: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

Trace a president’s past to Washington Old Hall

The ancestral home of first US president George Washington is an atmospheric stone manor with fragrant gardens, set in a picturesque village.

Location: Washington, Tyne and Wear

Try out Glass Blowing at the National Glass Centre

Take a masterclass in glass at this modern museum, which celebrates 1,400 years of a local craft with glittering displays and glassmakers in action.

Location: Sunderland, Tyne and Wear

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