Durham Cathedral is the greatest Norman building in England, perhaps even in Europe. It is cherished not only for its architecture but also for its incomparable setting. For this reason it was inscribed together with the Castle as one of Britain's first World Heritage Sites. In a nationwide BBC poll held in 2001 it was voted the nation's best-loved building.
Durham Castle is the hub of University College. It is part of the Durham World Heritage Site and a Grade 1 Listed Building. No other college in the British Isles can have a more ancient or impressive home. The Castle was previously the chief residence of the Bishops of Durham and as such played a significant role in the history of the United Kingdom.
The centrepiece of Durham’s arts programme, the Gala Theatre is situated in a beautiful, purpose-built, £15m building on the banks of the river Wear in the heart of this historic city. The venue houses a state-of-the-art modern theatre, spacious and comfortable café-bar, two cinema screens and superb conference facilities.
Angel of the north
The angel of the north is a exquisite masterpiece, and is probably the northeast's most treasured possession. Many come from all over the world to see it.
Designed by Wilkinson Eyre Architects and engineered by Gifford, the bridge takes its place at the end of a line of distinguished bridges across the River Tyne, including the Tyne Bridge and Robert Stephenson's High Level Bridge.
The Sage Gateshead is an international home for music and musical discovery, bringing about a widespread and long-term enrichment of the musical life of the North of England.
MetroCentre is Europe’s largest shopping and leisure centre and it has everything you could possibly need for the perfect day out.
MetroCentre, located in Gateshead, three miles south west of Newcastle Upon Tyne, has some brands that cannot be found anywhere else in the North East or indeed in the UK.
Located in Gateshead in the Northeast of England, this unique international center for contemporary visual art features the Art Factory, where artists from all over the world come to work and create.
Saltwell Park in Gateshead is enjoying a new lease of life after the Heritage Lottery Fund provided £10m to aid it’s restoration. The first signs of restoration have been the transformation of Saltwell Towers, in the heart of the park.
Gibside in Gateshead is a large wooded riverside landscape garden with an18th-century landscaped 'forest' garden.
The Woodland and riverside walks boast fine views across the Derwent Valley with its Palladian Chapel and unusual three-tiered pulpit
Beamish is a world famous open air museum telling the story of the people of North East England during the Georgian, Victorian, and Edwardian times.
In the early 1800s, the region was rural and thinly populated. The Industrial Revolution, particularly the coming of the railways, accelerated change. By Edwardian times the heavy industries of the region were at their peak.