North East England's Top Historic Landmarks
is the largest medieval cathedral in Europe. The present minster was built between the 1220s and 1470s and has all the different stages of Gothic architecture. Climbing the 275 steps to the top of the central tower is an exhilarating experience. You will pass gargoyles and at the top you’ll have the best view of the city.
is a beautiful 18th century stately home situated in 1,000 acres of parkland with gardens, lakes and woodland to explore. Children can also enjoy the adventure playground, discovery trails and boat trips on the lake.
is one of the few cathedrals in England to retain almost all of its Norman craftsmanship and original design. Even as you walk along Durham’s medieval streets, the Cathedral’s imposing beauty cannot be missed. Once inside the interior is striking.
, 25 miles from Durham is both castle and town. Set on a high rock above the River Tees, the ruined Castle takes it name from its 12th-century founder, Bernard de Balliol. It was subsequently used to keep out the Scots. The town itself has a number of atmospheric old pubs and quaint old shops.
Lindisfarne Priory, Northumberland
is one of the holiest Anglo-Saxon sites in England. Originally home to the Lindisfarne Gospels, it was an important centre of early Christianity, and the home of St Cuthbert. Enjoy the ornate carvings on the monastic ruins and the peace and serenity that first drew the monks here in the 7th century.
YAlnwick Castle, Northumberland
is dominated by its impressive castle which began as a Norman mott and bailey castle only to be replaced by a stone castle in the 12th century. The castle is a favourite film location, notably doubling as Hogwarts school in the recent Harry Potter films.
Hadrian's Wall, Northumberland
is a fortification built by the Roman Empire across the width of what is now northern England. Begun in AD 122, it was the first of two fortifications built across Great Britain. The Wall runs from the edge of the Lake district
through to Newcastle
and can be walked, cycled and even bussed down.