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The North East

Roman walls Castles and Venerable Bede

The North East of England comprises the counties of Northumberland, County Durham, Tyne and Wear and Teesside. Northumberland is the most sparsely populated it also one of the most interesting for visitors to the UK. The area is rich in history with castles and Roman remains such as Hadrian’s Wall as well as a huge national park for the outdoor types the coastline is very rugged and scenic. The cities of Durham and Newcastle and Sunderland provide interest for more sedate activities. Durham Cathedral is one of the most visited in the UK and is the resting place of St Cuthbert.

Newcastle of course was famous for shipbuilding and industry along with nearby Sunderland and Tees side.

Other major centres in the region include Darlington; Gateshead; Hartlepool; Middlesbrough; Redcar; South Shields and Stockton-on-Tees.

The region is noted for the rich natural beauty of its coastline, Northumberland National Park, and the section of the Pennines that includes Teesdale and Weardale. Northumberland's many ancient castles bear witness to its historical past and importance. There are two World Heritage Sites, Durham Cathedral and Castle, and Hadrian's Wall. Roman remains are to be found widely across the region.

The area has a strong religious past, the Venerable Bede lived in monasteries in Jarrow and wear mouth his most famous work is The Ecclesiastical History of the "English People" another famous piece of both art and literature created in the region are "The Lindisfarne Gospels" thought to be the work of a monk named Eadfrith, who became Bishop of Lindisfarne.

Activities in The North East

Castle and Gardens

Raby Castle - One of Englands Finest Medieval castle


Bowes Museum - Museum of Fine Art


High Force - Discover the Force of Nature

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