Geordie Bucket List: 15 Must-do North-East Experiences for you to tick off

Published: Monday 18th Jul 2016

Written by: The Grace Darling Holidays Team

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Here is a list of the must-see and must do experiences in the North East for you to complete this summer.

Book one of Grace Darling’s Holiday Cottages in Northumberland, if you haven’t already, and see how many of these experiences you can tick off your ‘Geordie Bucket List’ while exploring Northumberland, Newcastle and the surrounding areas.

1. Craster

Head to Craster along the A1 on the Northumberland Coast, Park at the Jolly Fisherman pub and enjoy crab sandwiches and proper beef-dripping chips. After relaxing on the sun terrace overlooking the sea, you can then do the mile long walk to the atmospheric ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle.

2. Belsay Castle

Visit Belsay Castle and Garden on the A696 just past Ponteland and take a walk through the walled quarry garden and admire its coloured splendour.

3. Cragside House

Take a picnic to Cragside House, near Rothbury, and spend the day exploring the magical gardens and woodland. You can also tour the house, which was the first in the world to be lit by hydroelectricity.

4. Shield’s Ferry

Get on the Shields Ferry and have fish and chips at the other side – For North Shields try the Waterfront on the Fish Quay, or in South Shields the most recommended eatery is Colman’s.

5. Cullercoats Beach

Go caving at Cullercoats beach and then enjoy tea and cake at Beaches and Cream café on the Prom.

6. Whitley Bay

Visit the Spanish City Amusements in Whitley Bay and brave the big slide and ghost train.

7. Tynemouth

Spend the day in Tynemouth. Visit the Priory, then walk along the prom to the boating lake and rent a pedal boat. Have a fish and chip lunch and then spend the afternoon paddling on King Edward’s Bay.

8. Alnwick Castle and Gardens

Take a trip to Alnwick Castle and Gardens. There are great HARRY Potter and Medieval Days for the kids and of course the fountains and gardens, including the treehouse and poison garden, have to be seen.

9. South Marine Park

Take a ride on the miniature train at South Marine Park in South Shields, where you can pedalo on the lake and enjoy the wide open green spaces and play parks.

10. Jesmond Dene

Visit Jesmond Dene and enjoy the beautiful park. Go for a walk, let the kids play in the park or take them to the petting zoo.

11. National Glass Museum

Go to the National Glass Centre in Sunderland. There is enough to see to occupy a few rainy hours and plenty of interactivity for the kids, not least a stomp on the glass roof.

12. Barter Books

Barter Books – in the Victorian Alnwick railway station – is a fantastic afternoon out for book lovers. It is filled to the rafters of second-hand treasures and has plenty of sofas for browsing. It is also where the Keep Calm and Carry On posters originated.

13. Durham Cathedral

Visit Durham’s compact and bustling city centre and take a trip to the majestic Cathedral. Light a candle and look for baby bats hiding in the cloisters.

14. Get a Drink in Style

Enjoy a drink looking down the Georgian grandeur of Grey Street in the new Botanist bar, which boasts some of the best views in the city.

15. Chinatown

Savour an authentic Chinese meal in Newcastle’s Chinatown, one of only 5 in the UK. Don’t forget to walk through the Chinese Arch at the top of Stowell Street.

The Grace Darling Holidays Team
The Grace Darling Holidays Team


Your team of holiday experts in Northumberland.


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