Our favourite day trips in the North East


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A charming part of the country which serves up everything from wild natural spaces to stunning stretches of coastline and buzzing towns and cities, the North East is overflowing with adventure. If you’re searching for the best day trips in the North East, our five favourite places to visit should be right at the top of your to-do list.

Northumberland National Park

The northernmost national park in England, this spectacular beauty spot spans more than 400 square miles. Brimming with striking peaks, sweeping valleys and crystal clear streams, rivers and waterfalls, you can also walk along Hadrian’s Wall and visit enigmatic ancient landmarks including Roman temples and forts. Northumberland National Park is a real gem where you could spend many days exploring without seeing all the highlights. So why not buy a new home on our Blossom Park development on the edge of the park, and visit as many times as you like.

Kielder Forest

Another natural space sure to take the breath away, Kielder Forest takes up more than 250 square miles of beautiful North East countryside. The biggest working forest in England, Kielder Water is also the largest man-made lake in Northern Europe. Whether you’re trying your hand at the different water sports on offer or visiting the local castle, you can also visit Kielder Observatory for a spot of stargazing. From walks and wildlife spotting to mountain biking and horse riding, there really is something for everyone.

Alnwick Castle

Also in Northumberland but much closer to the North Sea coast than Kielder Forest, construction on Alnwick Castle began at the end of the 11th century. It’s seen a lot since then, and you can experience the best the castle has to offer when you visit. The beautiful grounds and views from outside are worth the trip alone, especially as you may recognise parts of it from the popular Harry Potter film franchise. After a morning at the castle getting involved with medieval games and activities, why not head to the seaside for the afternoon. The sandy beach of Alnmouth Bay is only five miles away, while our South Fields development in Morpeth isn’t much further to the south.

Long Sands Beach

Speaking of beaches, this region is home to lots of spectacular stretches. Long Sands delivers one of the best days out North East beaches have to offer. Right at the heart of the Newcastle surf scene, this beach plays host to competitions and is best surfed on higher tides. You don’t need to be showing off your moves to enjoy this sandy spot though. The beach is perfect for relaxing days in the sunshine, while the waterfront Grand Parade is home to an aquarium, plenty of shops, cafes and restaurants, and Tynemouth Park with its boating lake, soft play, mini golf, maze and outdoor play area.

Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

If you’re looking for some of the region’s best places to go, North East city Sunderland has a lot to offer. This excellent museum is one of the best places to spend the day come rain or shine, boasting an art gallery, exhibition and winter gardens on top of the museum. You can discover more about Sunderland’s history from prehistoric to modern times, thanks to an array of interactive displays, hands-on exhibits and video presentations. There are also plenty of temporary exhibitions to check out, as well as a packed calendar of events and activities for all ages. If you’re based at our Cherry Tree Park site, you can benefit from being less than four miles from the Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens, visiting whenever you want.