North East England is a destination that should be on everyone’s travel itinerary. It is home to some real gems – some of them hidden, and some of them standing tall in the sun.
I for one am a North West girl, so I never really ventured to the North East until my late teens/early twenties, so it still holds a bit of excitiement for me.
One thing I noticed is that North East England is steeped in a lot of history, so if you head that way for a trip, be ready to learn lots if you visit these top attractions:
The Alnwick castle was built in the 14th century and is a top attraction because it is a famous movie set. If you are a Harry Potter fan, you will love it here as it featured as Hogwarts in the first two Harry Potter films. The castle’s interior is extravagant, giving you a glimpse of how the Duke of Northumberland lived when it was originally built.
There are six rooms that you can enjoy, including a library, a dining room, a guard chamber, and a stateroom. All the rooms feature Italian paintings, the most famous one being Titan’s Ecce Homo. The castle offers free visits from time to time with all these visits based on the films that have been shot here, including a Harry Potter Themed tour.
Hadrian’s Wall is another top attraction in the North East of England. The wall is thought to have been built in 122AD and it became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1989. Hadrian’s Wall stretches 73 miles, starting at Wallsend in the west and ending at Bowness to the east.
There are so many things to see at Hadrian’s wall including a bathhouse, turrets, ramparts, and evidence of a civilisation that is long gone. You can also learn how to be a Roman soldier as well as enjoy the spectacular landscapes, cosy pubs and rare wildlife found there.
You can get to this amazing site using a train, but if you want something a lot more personal, you should consider 600600 for a taxi. Ecocabs is a taxi company that runs Hexham taxis in addition to a large fleet of minibuses and mini-coaches that serve the North East of England. Ecocabs is known for its reliability, amazing service, and friendly uniformed drivers who are ready to accommodate all your travelling needs.
The Wilberforce House
Visiting the Wilberforce House is the culmination of a great trek along the Wilberforce trail. The Wilberforce trail is a route that takes visitors through the streets of Hull’s Old Town. As you walk through these streets, you will get to see the places associated with the lives of the city’s most prominent politician who was also one of the most famous anti-slavery campaigner, William Wilberforce. The Wilberforce House has an interesting exhibition on Wilberforce’s battle with the slave trade. At the house, there is also a History Museum that showcases how life was during Wilberforce’s time.
Life Science Centre
If you are looking for a modern attraction, you will love the Life Science Centre. This science centre is dedicated to the study of genetics. There are various exhibits open to the public, where you get to explore and interact with many secrets of life. If you visit this science centre, be sure to check out the Motion Ride. This is a simulator that lets you experience bungee jumping and have other fascinating experiences. It is a great place to visit with the kids as it can get them interested in science.
The Conisbrough Castle is a fascinating site to visit as it has inspired a lot of novels and folklore. It is single-handedly responsible for bringing us characters like Robin Hood and the fascination that most people now have about the Middle Ages.
Visitors can tour the grounds and climb the tower. When doing so, they will be accosted by ghosts who appear from seemingly nowhere. The best thing about Conisbrough Castle is that it is well maintained and it still looks almost as good as it did when it was built 1000 years ago.
The Scarborough Open Air Theatre
The Scarborough Open Air Theatre is the largest open-air theatre in all of Europe. It is such a big attraction because some of the biggest English and global artists have performed here. This theatre was built in the 1930s, and it sits on a stage on an island in the middle of a lake. Performances are made much more special by the views of the North Bay.
If you visit this theatre, do not forget to explore the area. There are lots of things to do including surfing and attractions such as Peasholm Park, the Sealife Marine Sanctuary, and the NorthBay MIniature Railway.
North East England is one of the most fascinating places to visit as there is a lot to see and even more to learn. It is also interesting to learn that when you are in North East England, you are always a few minutes from another amazing top attraction.