The North East has a great wealth of history


With heritage dating back to the Romans, Normans, and even the Bronze Age, it is fair to say that it's easy to uncover some of the region’s historical riches. Here are the best places to do it….

Alnwick Castle ·

Northumberland

Learn to fly a broomstick at the site that doubled as the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the Harry Potter films. Conjure up some magic and adventure as you enter one of Britain’s most iconic castles – Alnwick, home to the Duke of Northumberland for over 700 years.

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Alnwick Castle ·

Northumberland

Learn to fly a broomstick at the site that doubled as the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the Harry Potter films. Conjure up some magic and adventure as you enter one of Britain’s most iconic castles – Alnwick, home to the Duke of Northumberland for over 700 years.

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Bamburgh Castle ·

Northumberland

Occupying a strong defensive coastal position, Bamburgh Castle is where royalty reigned, battles were won and aspects of British history were carved. Travel through years of turmoil, peace and conflict at this imposing Northumbrian Anglo-Saxon fortress, and experience the legacy of what is often named the “King of Castles”.

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Beamish, The Living Museum of the North ·

Durham

Travel back in time and uncover the hidden historical delights of one of the UK’s largest open-air museums. Look on as period costumed guides re-enact a bygone era of North Eastern life. Jump aboard the fully-restored tram, head to the reconstructed pit village or just explore the period town centre for a sense of the past.

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The Alnwick Garden ·

Northumberland

Contemporary, inspiring and beguiling, The Alnwick Garden will have you enchanted by its beauty – an award winning formal gardens attraction filled with rare plants and flowers. Beyond its grand cascade centrepiece, its landscaped grounds feature a poison garden, a bamboo labyrinth and a stylish treehouse restaurant.

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Durham Cathedral ·

Durham

Famed for being a peaceful place of pilgrimage, as well as for its appearance in the Harry Potter films, this is a must-see for all who visit the area. Durham Cathedral is the largest and finest example of Norman architecture in England. Explore ‘Open Treasure’, its world-class visitor experience, and discover 2,000 years of history.

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