Top 10 Day Trips From Newcastle, England

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Are you in Newcastle or anywhere in the UK yearning for a mini-holiday to relax, reset and unwind? You probably don’t want to fork out so much money to pay for flights, accommodation, and food in a faraway country. And all for a mini-break that’s bound to last a couple of days or less. No, doubt, a vacation sounds great, but what good will it do if you barely have two days to spare? You know what sounds better? A day trip. Day trips are flexible. Plus, no need to pack bags upon bags of clothes and supplies. Just make yourself available, and you are good to go. Wondering where to start? Check out our list of the top day trips from Newcastle, the UK.

1. Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough Town Hall Summer 2013
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Photo is only for illustrative purposes

Experience Middlesbrough like never before. This day trip showcases parts of England’s countryside in such a unique way. Whether you are self-driving or renting a coach on this fun day trip, you are bound to be mesmerized by how much wealth this place holds. Wealth in the form of history, abundance of indigenous insects and animals, and such a beautiful yet calming atmosphere. Here, you can see the Alnwick Castle, the heritage pub, and go for a beer tour at Leeds, take a short 45-minute cruise across River Ouse, and so much more.


Address: North Yorkshire, England

2. Durham, UK

Durham Castle 20180505-4
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If you are a sucker for castles and the history behind them, then you need to find a worthwhile Durham day tour. Durham is home to some of the oldest, most magnificent castles dating back thousands and thousands of years. Also, you could view one of the largest waterfalls here, quite a spectacle, especially if it’s your first time here. Other nearby attractions you cannot afford to miss on your day trip in Durham include Durham Castle and Cathedral, Beamish Museum, and the Bowes Museum. The Durham Castle and Cathedral is the oldest surviving monument, showcasing the prowess and creativity of Roman architecture. The Bowes and the Beamish museums, on the other hand, date back to 1800s, and features pictures and decorative arts of what life was in the past in England.


Address: County Durham, northeast England

3. Tynemouth

Long Sands & St. George's Church
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People travel from distant countries to Tynemouth, a seemingly small village with so much wealth in terms of history and beautiful attractions. Tynemouth is not your usual quiet, primitive village. If you come here, come ready to do a bit of shopping, and to enjoy Tynemouth’s vibrant nightlife. You can even get to see Tynemouth Priory & Castle, a site that is hundreds of years old and also said to be the resting place of Northumbrian saints and kings. Don’t miss a walk down the Tynemouth Longsands beach, where you can relax and engage in water sports.


Address: Tyne and Wear, England

4. Angel of the North

Angel of The North
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It may sound like a heading right out of your favourite English novel. To be honest, your experience is going to as surreal. The Angel of the North is a gigantic 20 meter (65 ft) tall statue with 54-meter (175 ft) long wings. The Angel of the North is built on top of what was once a coal mining site. Sculpted by Anthony Gormley in the 20th century, this statue is not only the largest angel monument in Britain but might also be the largest in the world. It attracts thousands of visitors every day and stands as the most seen sculpture, with over 33 million views every year. To keep it from falling, the Angel of the North is reinforced with another 20 meters of steel and concrete underground.

Angel of the North

Address: Durham Rd, Low Eighton, Gateshead NE9 7TY, United Kingdom

Website: Angel of the North

5. Alnwick

Chillingham Castle south front
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Covered in vast greenery, the Alnwick Castle is not only a major historic site here, but also a great place to come and unwind with family and friends. There are little water fountains in the nearby Alnwick gardens that your little ones will love playing in. Other attractive places you should consider visiting here include Chillingham Castle, Edlingham Castle and Edlingham Church, Howick Hall Gardens, Bailiffgate Museum and Gallery, Alnmouth beach, and Hulne Park.


Address: Northumberland, England

6. Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland

Bamburgh 2006 closeup
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Back when Northumberland was actually the Northumbria, Bamburgh Castle was the mother of all castles. It was the capital of Northumbria during the Anglo-Saxon era, and it is here where many grand decisions about battles were made. The Bamburgh Castle still stands strong as ever today and showcases what life of royals was like in the 1500s. There’s a collection of over 3000 art pieces, including furniture and utensils. Only 14 rooms are open for public viewing throughout the castle — enough to give you a glimpse into the past. There’s also a café here, where you can rest and enjoy a meal.

Bamburgh Castle

Address: Bamburgh NE69 7DF, United Kingdom

Website: Bamburgh Castle

Opening hours: 10am - 4pm (daily)

7. Berwick-upon-Tweed

Berwick Town Hall 3
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It’s safe to say that Berwick-upon-Tweed is well worth a visit, especially if you appreciate learning about the UK’s history and the battles that were fought between kings. Take a detour from the town hall and visit the barracks. Other attractions like the Spittal Promenade are only a stone’s throw away. Here, you’ll view numerous landmarks and even get to take a stroll down the beach found right about where the river Tweed begins. Enjoy fishing, a picnic date, or time out with family on this fantastic day trip. Note that while most places are free to enter and view, the Barracks are only accessible at a small, pocket-friendly price.


Address: Northumberland, England

8. Sunderland

East End, Sunderland SR1, UK - panoramio
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For an added dose of culture and history, head to Sunderland. Here, you can visit and take pictures of breathtaking places like the National Glass Centre, Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens, Roker & Seaburn Beaches, the historic Souter Lighthouse and the Leas, and Herrington Country Park. This port city has something for everyone.


Address: Tyne and Wear, England

9. Whitley Bay Beach

Whitley Bay
Source: Photo by Flickr user Timo Newton-Syms used under CC BY-SA 2.0

If you love the water, dipping your feet in the sand, feeling the sun on your skin and the breeze blowing through your hair, then you must visit Whitley Bay Beach. It comes complete with a resort, shops, clubs, restaurants, bars, and to top it all off, a beach. It’s quite lively here, and is a perfect place for those looking for some time away to relax or have a good time.

Whitley Bay Beach

Address: Whitley Bay, United Kingdom

10. Beamish Open Air Museum, Beamish

Beamish Museum
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Located near Stanley town, the Beamish Museum has an open-air setting. It exhibits the life of both rural and urban England during the 20th century. Its goal is to preserve what qualifies as aspects of daily life. Newcastle and England at large were incredibly strong economically during the early 20th century. It’s something that’s so vividly showcased at this museum. You’ll love taking a trip down the history lane at the 1900s pit Village, the Tramway, the 1940s Farm, the Pockerley Waggonway, and the 1820s Pockerley Old Hall.

Beamish Open Air Museum, Beamish

Address: Regional Resource Centre, Beamish DH9 0RG, United Kingdom

Website: Beamish Open Air Museum, Beamish

Opening hours: Tue - Thu, Sun: 10am - 4pm (closed on Fri - Sat, Mon)

Explore beyond Newcastle

Newcastle has no shortage of things to do and see. The city has plenty of breathtaking gems. If you’re looking to escape Newcastle for a while, we’d recommend checking out our above list of the day trip ideas.

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