From the coastal city of Sunderland make your way inland to the Penshaw Monument. Visit Washington en route to the city of Newcastle upon Tyne. Pause at the coastal towns of North Shields and Tynemouth and finish up South Shields.
The city by the sea at the mouth of the River Wear, Sunderland is home to a range of attractions including the National Glass Centre and the Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens. The coast is blessed with sandy beaches and chance to relax or take in some fun or a restaurant.
The Penshaw Monument dominates the local skyline atop Penshaw Hill and is a memorial to the first Earl of Durham – John George Lambton that offers some wonderful views to those that climb the steps. Just watch out for the legend of the Lambton Worm!
Washington is famous for being the ancestral home of George Washington. Visitors can explore the history and artefacts in the restored rooms of the stone built manor house and enjoy the gardens and tearoom.
Visit the National Trust site of Gibside, take in the world’s first tilting bridge that creates a link to Newcastle or if you are looking for shopping head for Gateshead’s impressive retail offering, the Metro Centre. Close by you can find the iconic landmark, the Angel of the North.
Newcastle upon Tyne
The bright lights of Newcastle hold a wealth of attractions for the visitor – from the Grey’s Monument and Newcastle Castle to museums and the iconic bridges that span the River Tyne. Head to the city to explore what is on offer.
On the north banks of the River Tyne, you can discover the attractions of North Shields – the 17th century Clifford’s Tower at the historic Fish Quay, the Wooden Dolly and the Old Low Light – part of the Lights of North Shields used to help ships navigate the Black Midden Rocks.
An historic and picturesque village, Tynemouth offers visitors Tynemouth Pier, sandy beaches, Bluereef aquarium, the Tynemouth Castle and Priory and seaside walks to nearby Cullercoats and Whitley.
South Shields is a coastal town – visitors can enjoy The Customs House, South Shields Museum, Jarrow Hall and a trip to Souter Lighthouse to experience the lightkeepers cottage – and if you are feeling energetic you can climb the 76 steps to get some fantastic panoramic views.