5 of the best things to see and do in the North East

  • Posted on: 2 May 2016
  • By: Tim Deakin

Located just south of the Tyne and at the foot of the Derwent Valley, Axwell Park is prefectly positioned for those who wish to be within commuting distance of Newcastle, Gateshead or Durham. But there’s more to life than travelling to work and Axwell Park is also an ideal base for those looking to explore some of the region’s most majestic sights and tourist attractions.

Here are five of our favourites. If you’ve not experienced them already, then it’s time to hop in the car and head on an adventure:

 

Grey Street

Just a 20 minute drive from Axwell Park, lies Grey Street, perhaps the most prized example of Newcastle’s architecture. It was built in the 1830s and makes up part of Grainger Town, the section of the city centre designed by the internationally renowned architect Richard Grainger. The stunning architecture today houses a variety of cafes, bars, restaurants and retail outlets, but the Theatre Royal still sits proudly in the middle of the sloping main street.

Whiling away a couple of hours on a weekend is easy on Grey Street. Simply wander between the drinking establishments and eating houses as you admire the architecture and on a sunny day there is no finer place to be.

Voted 'Best street in the UK' by BBC Radio 4 listeners in 2002 proves it to be one of the most illustrious avenues on these shores.

 

Hadrians Wall

Without doubt, Hadrian’s Wall is the jewel in Northumberland’s crown. Spanning a staggering 70 miles the UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of Britain’s best-preserved Roman artefacts.

There are many thing to see along the wall from forts to barracks. For breathtaking views visit Birdoswald Roman Fort and gaze out at the seemingly endless stretch of wall before you.

 

Angel of the North

A fifteen minute drive from Axwell Park lies the iconic Angel of the North.  Built in 1998 and designed by artist Anthony Gormley, it has evolved from a controversial installation to one of the best-loved tourist attractions in the North East.

Twenty metres tall and fifty-four metres across thanks to the incredible wingspan, standing at its feet can be a humbling experience. Take a picnic along on a sunny day and give yourself ample time to consider the work of art in all its glory.

 

Holy Island

An hour’s drive from Gateshead, this historical island off the coast of Northumberland is well worth the journey. It is also a unique place to visit because it is connected to the mainland by a causeway that is cut off by the tide twice daily.

The island is a picturesque village and a site of great historic importance as it is home to two of the region’s most iconic structures – Lindisfarne Priory and Lindisfarne Castle. The priory is considered by many to have been the home of the Christian religion in Britain throughout Anglo Saxon times and indeed it was home to St Oswald.

The history of the island is colourful indeed and add in an array of rare plant and animal life, it certainly makes for an interesting day out.

 

Kielder Forest

Kielder Water and Forest Park has a number of impressive claims to fame. Not only is it the biggest man-made lake in Northern Europe and the largest working forest in England (over 250 square miles), it is also home to 50% of England’s native red squirrel population.

With trails along the reservoir and through the forest, there are plenty of opportunities to take in the scenery and spot the abundance of wildlife. Red squirrels are joined in the forest by ospreys, pipistrelle bats, roe deer, salmon and otters.

Kielder is also famous for having the darkest night skies in England due to its minimal light pollution – indeed it boasts the third largest protected Dark Sky reserve in the world. This makes Kielder Observatory a paradise for those wishing to view the night sky in all its glory. It is best to book tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.

 

Ready to unlock all the North East has to offer? Maybe it's time you relocated to Axwell Park.