Best places to live in the North East

Apr 24, 2021
Newcastle City Centre
From spectacular national parks and natural beauty spots to vibrant towns and cities, the North East is a brilliant place to call home. Whether you're drawn to the heritage coastline or the city's bright lights, read on as we pick some of the best places to live in the region.


If you're looking for city centre living, the North East's powerhouse Newcastle is hard to beat. This thriving hub has it all from cultural attractions like the Laing Art Gallery and the Discovery Museum to historic architecture and a collection of world-renowned musical talent. Enjoy a diverse culinary scene, one of England's most vibrant nightlives and unspoilt stretches of countryside to roam. 


Sitting on the River Wear's mouth to the North Sea, Sunderland is a charming port town with plenty going for it. From fascinating museums and art galleries to the majestic Hylton Castle, it's no wonder the city is a firm favourite among tourists. Visit the iconic National Glass Centre, relax along Roker and Seaburn beaches and take your dog on a scenic walk around Herrington Country Park.


 Named as 'one of Britain’s most beautiful cities' by the National Geographic in 2019, Durham blends traditional and modern in a unique way. With the River Wear looping around its UNESCO World Heritage Sites – Durham Castle and Cathedral – this charming city has retained its traditional appeal. If you love the great outdoors, don't miss the beautiful Durham Dales. History buff? Pop in at the Beamish Museum for a glimpse of northeastern 19th-century life. An experience like no other!


Sitting on the edge of Northumberland National Park, Morpeth is a charming market town, a stone's throw from Kielder Forest Park and the picturesque North Sea coast. Found in Northumberland, the town is home to Carlisle Park and its pretty riverside path – perfect for a relaxing stroll. Explore the Tudor-style Garden, designed in honour of William Turner – a Morpeth native and 'the Father of English Botany'. Roam Morpeth's surrounding countryside and experience its culinary scene; there is something to suit all tastes!   

The North East is a versatile region, home to the spectacular countryside, some of England's prettiest towns and a diverse culinary scene to enjoy. If you're travelling with your kids, read our guide to the best family-friendly days out in the area. And don't forget to take advantage of the delicious local food!


  Lying on the southern banks of the River Tees in North Yorkshire, Middlesbrough is a flourishing hub boasting great local amenities. Until the late 1800s, it was a rural farming land. By 1830, it became a major hotspot in the steel production and shipping industry until it was awarded the status of a town in 1853. Today, Middlesbrough benefits from a wealth of attractions on its doorstep. If you're a nature explorer, you'll be pleased to know the North York Moors National Park is a stone's throw. You can visit Dorman Museum and Ormesby Hall if you love all things art.