North East

The north east is a region of England encompassing Northumberland, County Durham and Tyne and Wear. It’s a chiefly rural part of the country, and the Northumberland area in particular has plenty of green vistas to wow tourists. In fact, the Northumberland National Park and Kielder Water and Forest Park are such large areas of beautiful untouched land that there’s practically no light pollution, allowing for a stunning stargazing experience. Bring along a dish of pan haggerty – a recipe that’s akin to bubble and squeak – and you’ll have an authentic Northumbrian time indeed.

Popular city destinations like Newcastle, Gateshead and Durham attract visitors who appreciate fine architecture, both new and old. The first and last of that north eastern trio both are famous for the Norman architecture of their castles, while Gateshead is famed for its marvellous bridges, especially the Gateshead Millennium Bridge.

Food-wise, the north east is known for having produced the stottie: a dense bread that’s very filling. Also, the coastal village of Craster coined the Craster kipper, a fish with a distinctive flavour that’s been developed thanks to L. Robson & Sons’ legendary smoking technique and smokehouse.

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