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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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

 

July events: Fly to Sunderland for the International Airshow

Pack a picnic, head to the beach and lie back for dazzling aerial acrobatics, classic aircraft, live music, fireworks and traditional seaside fun.

Location: Sunderland, Tyne and Wear

 

Enjoy the energy of South Tyneside Festival

This fabulous summer festival brings three months of free entertainment to the vibrant seaside resort of South Shields.

Location: South Shields, Tyne and Wear

 

Brighten up your autumn with Sunderland Illuminations

Don't mourn the arrival of longer, darker nights; let the North East coastal city of Sunderland fill your autumn with light and magic.

Location: Sunderland, 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

 

Rainy Day Activities: Sunderland Museum

Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens is a great place for the whole family to spend the day – and it’s free.

Location: Sunderland, Tyne and Wear

 

Take on the challenging Hadrian's Wall Path National Trail

Follow in the footsteps of an Emperor along the Hadrian's Wall Path National Trail.

Location: Wallsend, Tyne and Wear

 

Coast along at Mouth of the Tyne Festival

Hop on the metro from Newcastle and be transported to a chilled-out, seaside music festival that mixes live music, performing arts, food and crafts.

Location: Tynemouth, 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

 

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

 

Settle down on Sunderland's award-winning beaches

Grab a blanket, a picnic and your favourite flip flops, and head down to the beautiful twin-beach resorts of Roker and Seaburn.

Location: Sunderland, Tyne and Wear

 

Take part in your very own Time Team project at Hadrian’s Wall

Join the Wallquest community archaeology project, and discover what secrets lie on the eastern sections of Hadrian’s Wall.

Location: South Shields, Tyne and Wear

 

Go behind the scenes at Sunderland Empire Theatre

Tread the same boards as a young Charlie Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy and the Beatles on a tour of this enchanting old Edwardian theatre.

Location: Sunderland, 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

 

Take in a play during Shakespeare season in Newcastle

Every autumn the world-renowned Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) heads north to Newcastle’s Theatre Royal for their annual season.

Location: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

 

Discover the vibrant Ouseburn

Ouseburn is one of the most visually attractive, creatively exciting and historically fascinating areas in the North East.

Location: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

 

Enjoy a NewcastleGateshead city break in true style

Discover the beauty of NewcastleGateshead at the city's newest and most stylish upmarket hotel, Crowne Plaza Newcastle - Stephenson Quarter.

Location: Newcastle

 

Free fun for the family at Monkwearmouth Station Museum

Monkwearmouth Station Museum has received national commendations for work with young children and provides fun and education for the whole family.

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

 
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

 

Uncover Newcastle Highbridge Street

A cobbled hideaway off the Georgian grandeur of Grey Street, High Bridge is a must visit to uncover independent shopping and the city’s oldest pub!

Location: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

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