Days Out Attractions & Buildings
This fabulous restaurant/bar is actually set inside a cave within the magnesian limestone cliff face at Marsden Bay and is delightful. Downstairs the bar serves up traditional fayre such as fish and chips. The upstairs restaurant specialises in seafood (well worth booking in advance for this one, as it's very popular).
Marshalls Fish and Chips
Head to Marshall’s fish and chip shop for the crispiest batter and the flakiest cod in miles.
Middleton In Teesdale
Middleton-in-Teesdale, Co. Durham
The London Lead company arrived in Mickley in 1815 and the effects of the prosperity it brought with it are still clearly on show today in this pretty Victorian village. Venture out of the village itself and visit nearby High Force. The highest waterfall in England is well worth a visit and is also adjacent to one of the most attractive sections of the Pennine Way long distance footpath, wellies a must...
Monkwearmouth Station Museum
Open: 10am–5pm Mon–Sat. 2pm–5pm Sun. Free admission. The museum is housed in an original Victorian station building that was commissioned by the famous railway entrepreneur George Hudson. The interactive galleries make learning about the history of travel and transport in Tyne and Wear fun and exciting for children of all ages.
Morpeth Chantry Bagipe Museum
National Glass Centre
Open: 10am-5pm daily. Free admission. Situated on the banks of the River Wear, the National Glass centre is a contemporary gallery which has just been given a massive multi-million pound refit. It houses an exciting and thought-provoking programme of exhibitions, workshops, courses, talks and events inspired by glass. Also home to glass production facilities with live demonstrations, craft & design shop, artists’ studios, function suites and café/restaurant.
Castle Garth, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
The Castle Keep and its medieval gatehouse, the Black Gate, have recently reopened as a combined visitor attraction, following a £1.67m Heritage Lottery funded refurb. New exhibits chart the history of the fortress- from royal stronghold to county prison and teeming slum. Finish by climbing the 99 stairs for unbeatable views of the NewcastleGateshead Quayside.
Newcastle Quayside and Gateshead Quays
A riverside walkway takes you past fine buildings and public art. The many waterfront restaurants and bars make this famous area of the city a magnet for pleasure-seekers.
Newcastle United Stadium Tour
Taking you on an amazing journey through the history of Newcastle United. The knowledgeable guides will show you areas that fans wouldn’t usually see as well as some very famous ones. Just don’t ask where the trophies are kept… £10 adults/£5 children.
Newham Grange Leisure Farm
Open: March-Sept 9.30am-5.30pm daily, Oct-Feb 10am-4pm weekends only, Adult £2.20 / Kids & Concs £1.35. A unique day out for all the family. Rare breed cattle, pigs and sheep along with all the usual farm animals. Play and picnic area, historical displays, rural crafts and extensive events programme.
Newport Bridge was the first large vertical lift bridge in Britain and is Middlesbrough’s very own Sydney Harbour Bridge (the steel for which, incidentally, came from Boro). Like two hands outstretched, it joins Middlesbrough to neighbouring Stockton as well as being a symbol of Tees Valley’s industrial success.
North Shields is a bustling town with good travel links from other coastal towns and Newcastle centre. Those with a nostalgic streak should visit the Childhood Memories Toy Museum, which exhibits toys from every era. There’s something slightly creepy yet oddly comforting about the mix of Tiny Tears dolls from the 1980s and highly unsavoury Gollywogs from the 1880s. Other North Shields attractions include the Stephenson Railway Museum where you can explore the history of railways from steam to coal to electricity through interactive media and ‘hands-on’ exhibits. There’s also the chance to re-live the days of the steam railway and take a ride on a real steam train.