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Things to do in the North East

North East England is home to some of the most beautiful towns and cities in the UK – not to mention that Northern folk are infamously warm-hearted and welcoming. Whether you’re looking for a city break or a peaceful getaway, there are various locations within the North East that tick all the boxes. Here are our top picks of things to do in the North East.

Northumberland

Where to stay: YHA The Sill at Hadrian’s Wall

Tucked away in the remote beautiful countryside, YHA The Sill at Hadrian’s Wall is a great location for exploring the Northumberland National Park. Ideally located a short distance from both Sycamore Gap and the Roman fort at Vindolanda, the hostel is adjoint to the Northumberland National Park discovery centre where you can learn all about the park and local environment.

Due to the peaceful and secluded location of YHA The Sill at Hadrian’s Wall, it offers the perfect spot for stargazing. As Europe’s largest area of protected night sky there is opportunity to see as far as the Milky Way on a clear night. Dark Skies boxes are available to hire in the hostel which include an astronomy kit to help you see far, far, away. Make sure star gazing this YHA is on your ‘things to do in the North East’ list.

Berwick-Upon-Tweed

Where to stay: YHA Berwick

Just 3 miles from the Scottish border, the leaning-tower-of-Berwick sits slanted beside the river Tweed. This North East hostel has a unique structure, which compliments the quirky interior. The hostel is also home to the Granary Bistro and Granary Gallery. Nearby attractions include Alnwick Castle, Berwick Barracks, Spittal Beach and Castle Vale park. Whilst Berwick is a picturesque and peaceful North East holiday destination, it is also home to several annual film, music, food and beer festivals.

Newcastle

Where to stay: YHA Newcastle Central

Newcastle city is home to plenty of buzzing bars and nightclubs. YHA Newcastle Central is a stone throw away from Eldon Square which boasts big brands as well as high street stores. Close by is also The Quayside. Day or night, this North East city location is bustling with things to do. Read our blog here.

Robin Hood’s Bay

Where to stay: YHA Boggle Hole, YHA Whitby

This picturesque fishing village is a fantastic North East holiday destination. This quaint village is made up of twisting, cobbled streets and alleyways. Step out and into the bay to view the stunning panoramic views that the Yorkshire coast has to offer. Walk twenty minutes south and you will stumble across YHA Boggle Hole, tucked away in an old smuggler’s cove.

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