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Finchale PrioryFinchale Priory, BrassideThe very extensive remains of a 13thC priory, founded on the site of a retired pirate's hermitage.

Durham Castle ToursDurham Castle Tours - closed until early 2021, Durham CityDurham Castle is part of the Durham City World Heritage Site. Entrance by guided tour only. Opening can vary - All enquiries re guided tours should be directed Palace Green Library. Telephone 0191 334 2932 or

Durham Cathedral riverside walksDurham Cathedral, Durham CityThought by many to be the finest example of Norman church architecture in England, with the tombs of St Cuthbert and The Venerable Bede. Please check opening times before travelling.

National Glass CentreNational Glass Centre, SunderlandInspiring people to learn about, make and enjoy contemporary glass.

ArbeiaArbeia Roman Fort and Museum, South TynesideArbeia is the best reconstruction of a Roman fort in Britain and offers visitors a unique insight into the every day life of the Roman army, from the soldier in his barrack room to the commander in his luxurious house.

Ankers House and St Mary & St Cuthbert's Church


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Ankers House and St Mary & St Cuthbert's Church, Chester-le-StreetThe cathedral church and shrine of St Cuthbert from AD883 to 995 with attached anchorage containing displays on Roman, Saxon and medieval times.

World Heritage Site Visitor CentreWorld Heritage Site Visitor Centre - Closed until early 2021, Durham CityA free visitor centre providing an introduction to Durham World Heritage Site and what there is to see and do in and around the site. Ideal for families.

Free Open Treasure entry to lottery ticket holdersOpen Treasure at Durham Cathedral - temporarily closed, Durham CityOpen Treasure is an award-winning museum for all ages which guides visitors through some of Durham Cathedral’s most spectacular spaces, including the fourteenth-century Monks’ Dormitory and the monastic Great Kitchen.

The Word, National Centre for the Written Word, South Shields

Palace Green Library DurhamPalace Green Library - closed to walk-in visitors until early 2021, Durham CityPalace Green Library, in the heart of Durham city, holds Durham University's special collections. Our galleries are open to all and display treasures spanning millennia and the globe.

Jarrow Hall South TynesideJarrow Hall, JarrowDiscover the amazing world of Anglo-saxon Northumbria. Set across 11 acres explore the life and legacy of Bede in our dedicated museum alongside a reconstructed Anglo-Saxon farm.

St Paul's MonasterySt Paul's Monastery, JarrowSt Paul's Church has been a place of Christian prayer and worship for over 1300 years and is the starting point for the Way of Learning.

St Peter's Church SunderandSt Peter's Church, SunderlandSt Peter's Church stands as one of the oldest in Britain more than 1300 years old. Built in 674AD by Benedict Biscop, there is a stained glass window in the church dedicated to him. At the age of 7 the Venerable Bede joined the monastery here.

Northern Spire BridgeNorthern Spire Bridge, SunderlandAn impressive two span cable stayed bridge and A-frame pylon rising to 344ft to cross the River Wear.  With two lane traffic capacity and access for cyclists with footpath along the length. 

Seaburn and Roker BeachRoker and Seaburn Beaches, RokerRoker and Seaburn beaches have been family hotspots for years. The twinned beaches have miles of beautiful coastline for the whole family to relax and unwind. Great for a walk along the promenade and safe for the family.

Roker Pier and LighthouseRoker Pier and Lighthouse, RokerRoker Pier and Lighthouse are a Grade ll listed building whihc opened in 1903. The original lantern was gas powered, emitting a 45,000 candlepower reflected beam reputedly visible for over 15 miles out to sea. Once complete, the pier extended 2000ft (609.60m) out to sea. Pier tours are now underway…

Penshaw MonumentPenshaw Monument, Houghton-le-SpringOne of the North East's most prominent landmarks, Penshaw Monument was built in 1844 in honour of the first Earl of Durham, John George Lambton. Presented to the National Trust as a gift in 1939 by the 5th Earl of Durham.

Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens, SunderlandSunderland's history under one roof, dating from 1846 there are so many exhibits to keep you entertained. One of the most famous of these is Wallace, Wallace a Lion who was part of the wild animal show to visit Sunderland in 1800.  After Wallace's death he returned to the Museum and over 135 years…

Hylton Castle, SunderlandA decorative gatehouse tower of a Castle.  Built by Sir William Hylton shortly before 1400, this is the second oldest building in Sunderland. 

Herrington Country Park, Houghton-le-SpringOne of the largest parks in Sunderland with walks and cycle trails, family cycling with Sustrans, an adventure play area, skate boarding, Nordic walking, model boat sailing in the lake and a variety of sculptures that celebrate the heritage of the area.

The ceiling of St Andrew's ChurchSt Andrew's Church, SunderlandSt Andrew's Church is of international importance, the interior has many treasures including William Morris carpets, Ernest Grimson furniture and the painted ceiling in the sanctuary depicting the creation of the sun and stars which is painted in ‘egg-tempera’.

Bede Memorial Cross, RokerThe Bede Memorial Cross has carvings on all sides that are in the style of original Anglo Saxon stone carvings, made when Bede was alive. The images on the cross represent the many parts of Bede’s life, including his work, his friends, and his interests. 

Durham City World Heritage SiteFramwellgate Bridge, Durham CityFramwellgate Bridge, the oldest bridge in Durham, is one of three mediaeval arch bridges that cross the River Wear in Durham City. Over time the bridge has undergone quite a transformation.

Sunderland Sculpture TrailSunderland Sculpture Trail, SunderlandThe Sculpture Trail, running along the final part of the C 2 C or Coast to Coast was created over a decade from 1991 to 2001 by sculptor Colin Wilbourn and writer Chaz Brenchley. Colin and Chaz worked with residents of Sunderland to create the trail which brings together Sunderland’s past and…

Northern Gallery for Contemporary ArtNorthern Gallery for Contemporary Art, SunderlandThe Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art reopened in March 2018, within the National Glass Centre A generous 3000 square foot new home for visual contemporary arts has been created, with an initial focus on artists whose work is being created across Europe.

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    St Paul's Church has been a place of Christian prayer and worship for over 1300 years and…

    0.02 miles away
  2. St Pauls Church and Monastic Site

    The home of the Venerable Bede, St Paul's is one of the best understood Monastic sites…

    0.03 miles away
  3. Jarrow Hall

    Discover the amazing world of Anglo-saxon Northumbria. Set across 11 acres explore the…

    0.19 miles away
  1. The Word, National Centre for the Written Word

    The Word, National Centre for the Written Word is South Tyneside's new state-of-the-art…

    1.8 miles away
  2. Arbeia Roman Fort and Museum

    Arbeia is the best reconstruction of a Roman fort in Britain and offers visitors a unique…

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  3. Segedunum Roman Fort and Museum

    Segedunum Roman Fort is the gateway to Hadrian's Wall. Explore the excavated fort site,…

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  4. Stephenson Steam Railway

    Stephenson Steam Railway reopens to the public on Friday 21 August.

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  5. Sandhaven Beach

    Sandhaven Beach

    Sandhaven Beach is an awarding winning blue flag beach, offering a traditional seaside…

    2.78 miles away
  6. Tynemouth Priory Theatre

    Tynemouth Priory Theatre

    Formed in 1946 the first plays were performed in Holy Saviour's Parish Hall.  In 1972…

    3.24 miles away
  7. Tynemouth Priory and Castle

    Tynemouth Castle and Priory was once one of the largest fortified areas in England. …

    3.31 miles away
  8. Cleadon Windmill

    This now ruined windmill is a grade 2 listed building and sits on top of the beautiful…

    3.34 miles away
  9. Lost World Mini Golf

    Lost World Adventure Golf is the perfect place for a trip out with the family!

    In a land…

    3.53 miles away
  10. Tynemouth Aquarium

    Situated on the sea front at Tynemouth, Tynemouth Aquarium is the perfect attraction for…

    3.67 miles away
  11. Marsden Bay

    Discover the dramatic cliffs and bays with stacks and caves at Marsden Bay for the…

    3.77 miles away
  12. RNLI Cullercoats Lifeboat Station

    Located in the beautiful horseshoe-shaped Cullercoats Bay, Cullercoats Lifeboat Station…

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  13. Hylton Castle

    A decorative gatehouse tower of a Castle.  Built by Sir William Hylton shortly before…

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