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Top Summer Day Trips

Newcastle is situated in easy reach of some of Britain’s best beaches, walking routes and attractions. You’ll never run out of fun day trips, but here are a few firm favourites for summer.

1. Beamish

Step back in time at Beamish, a world famous open air museum, telling the story of life in North East England during the 1820s, 1900s & 1940s. Ride a tram, visit the farm and try delicious fish and chips cooked the traditional way in coal-fired ranges.


2. Alnwick Castle

Alnwick Castle featured as Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the first two Harry Potter films. Explore the mysterious Lost Cellars, book in for a broomstick flying lesson or drop into Alnwick Gardens next door, where you’ll find a treetop restaurant in one of the world’s largest tree houses.

Alnwick Castle viewed from Lion Bridge. Alnwick Castle is a majestic medieval fortress dating from the 11th century and dominates the surrounding Northumberland landscape. It is the second largest occupied castle in England.

3. Lightwater Valley

If you’re a thrill-seeker, don’t miss Lightwater Valley Theme Park. Brave the terrifying Falls of Terror before hurtling through deep, dark forest aboard Europe’s longest roller coaster. The Ultimate. There’s also a Falconry Centre, a farm, mini golf, wild river rapids, a miniature railway and treetop trampolines. What more could you ask for?


4. Edinburgh

Scotland’s cosmopolitan capital city is just 1 hour 30 minutes by train from Newcastle. A visit to Edinburgh offers the chance to experience a captivating blend of rich history, natural beauty and adventure. Visit the castle, go shopping along the Royal Mile and scale the iconic Arthur’s Seat.


5. Hadrian’s Wall

Hadrian’s Wall was built in 117AD by a force of 15,000 men. Today it is Britain’s most impressive and most important Roman monument. Explore bath houses, turrets, shrines, museums, and marvel at the diverse landscape that provides its dramatic backdrop.


6. Wet ‘n’ Wild

The North East’s largest indoor water park, Wet ‘n’ Wild offers 10 exciting thrill rides, including the Kamikaze, Calamity Canyon and the Black Hole. It’s just 30 minutes away by Metro, so pack your bikini or trunks and get ready to get wet and wild!


7. Cragside

Visit the first house in the world to be lit by hydroelectricity! Cragside was one of the most technologically advanced homes of the Victorian age. Today you can wander in the beautiful gardens, enjoy some delicious home-baked Victorian treats and view the extensive collection of art, furniture and items of scientific curiosity.


8. Whitby

Explore coast and moor at the picturesque seaside town of Whitby. From the bustling harbour to striking ruins of Whitby Abbey, and the views from Ravenscar clifftops to the sandy beaches at Sandsend, there’s something for everyone. And of course, no visit would be complete without indulging in Whitby’s famous fish and chips!


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