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Top 5 places to visit in the North East!

Heading to the North East for the first time for EQ Connects? Our quick guide will help you make the most of your visit to this wonderful part of the UK.

1. Newcastle Quayside Newcastle is a medium sized city on the banks of the River Tyne, and EQ Connects venue Hilton Newcastle Gateshead has the best views in the city. Venture out for a walk along the historic waterfront and take in the views of Newcastle famous bridges. The area features Baltic, a world class, 5 story art gallery to rival Tate Modern in London, Sage music centre, and plenty of places to shop, eat and drink. For recommendations don’t hesitate to ask one of the team!

2. Durham City Centre & Cathedral

A small city with England’s most beautiful cathedral, a castle and windy cobbled streets, Durham’s historic centre is a world heritage site. Just 15 minutes by train from Newcastle, Durham is well worth a visit!

3. The Coast

Around 30 minutes from Newcastle City Centre by metro, you can find Tynemouth, a gorgeous seaside town with three beaches, plenty of pubs and restaurants and a medieval castle.

If you have a little longer, you can travel up to Alnmouth (an hour by train) and experience these remote, wide,sandy beaches.

4. Kielder Water Park and Observatory

If you have time for an overnight visit, located deep in Northumbria, England’s least populated region, is the remote Kielder water park (1.5 hour drive from Newcastle). The park is part of England’s only dark sky area and is home to Kielder Observatory, which holds star gazing events most evenings.

5. Hadrian’s wall

Stretching 73 miles from coast to coast, Hadrian’s wall was built to guard the frontier of the Roman Empire. Head to Houseteads, where you can see the remains of a Roman Fort (50-minute drive from Newcastle) and take a hike in the surrounding area.

Questions about your visit? Contact the team at and we would be happy to help!

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