Further Afield

Why not make Tees Valley your base for exploring further afield?  Whichever direction you take from Tees Valley you’ll find intriguing people and places.


Head south for historic York and its bustling 15th century Shambles.  This rabbit’s warren of boutiques, art galleries and teashops is ideal for losing yourself for an afternoon, and don’t forget to take a trip to York Minster - northern Europe’s largest gothic cathedral.  Slightly closer to home is the bustling seaside town of Whitby, famous for its association with Bram Stoker and Captain Cook, as well as delicious fish and chips.


BalticNewcastleGateshead is around 40 miles from Tees Valley. Cosmopolitan and proud, this is an area buzzing with energy and verve. Spearheading Tyneside’s cultural wave are BALTIC, the centre for contemporary art and the magnificent music venue Sage Gateshead. Walking distance from these attractions is Centre for Life, an innovative hands-on science museum and research centre, which carries out pioneering work in stem cell biology, genetics and regenerative medicine. Kids will love the underwater safari at the Blue Reef Aquarium in Tynemouth where seahorses, sharks, giant octopus, frogs, otters and many more incredible creatures live. Also within easy reach is Sunderland with its pioneering National Glass Centre, an impressive building housing regular exhibitions and tours including a glass blowing demonstrations. 

County Durham

Durham CathedralDurham is a pretty university city with a striking Norman cathedral. The cathedral, along with Durham Castle, forms one of Britain’s first World Heritage sites. Stray into wider County Durham to investigate the Bowes Museum,the stunning home built by John and Joséphine Bowes who collected over 15,000 pieces of artwork between 1862 and 1874. For a more everyday experience of the North East’s past, and to meet its people face-to-face, visit living museum Beamish where you can explore two historically significant years: 1825 and 1913.  Take a journey on the industrial track at Locomotion: The National Railway Museum. This Shildon attraction exhibits up to 60 vehicles in an eco-friendly building and also has interactive displays, a play area, a gift shop and a café.


Holy Island at LindsifarneHistory lovers will find the North East’s fascinating and sometimes colourful past celebrated with gusto across the region. Head up the coast to Northumberland and the Holy Island of Lindisfarne which is rich in Christian heritage. Hadrian’s Wall is another must-do historical attraction, as is the ancient Percy family home of Alnwick Castle. Nearby Alnwick Garden is another choice attraction. Here, contemporary design and gorgeous green spaces are combined and visitors can explore water sculptures, fascinating plants and the world’s largest wooden treehouse. For rural tranquility, Kielder Water and Forest Park in Northumberland is the perfect option and runs a programme of fun events that will keep the kids happy too.

Lake District

Venture westwards and the Lake District with its romantic history and breathtaking scenery is a real treat. And remember, in this part of the world you’re never far from a stretch of unspoiled coast.

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