North East

Discover castles, houses and open spaces then lose yourself in the dunes of the Northumberland Coast. There's always something to inspire your day out in the North East.

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Aerial views

Autumn view across Staward Pele

Autumn view across Staward Pele

Enjoy the best bird's eye views without taking to the air. We picked ten views that we think are simply breathtaking, especially in autumn where the colour changes every day. All you have to do is get there.

Seal pup born

Newborn grey seal pup on the Farne Islands © North News & Pictures

The first seal pup of the year has been born on the Farne Islands, marking the start of the annual seal count for Rangers. Find out what life has in store for the Rangers this autumn from lead ranger, David Steel.

Seal tours

Farne Islands lead ranger David Steel monitors the newborn grey seal pup © North News & Pictures

Join us for a guided tour of Staple Island, home to a number of Atlantic grey seals. See the mothers with their new born pups and meet the resident Rangers.

Seal facts

Young female grey seal on the beach on the Farne Islands © Joe Cornish

Did you know that around 5000 grey seals live on the Farne Islands? The population has been counted since 1952 and each year approximately 1550 pups are born. There's so much to tell you about these fascinating mammals.


50 things to do before you're 11 ¾

How many of the activities on your list of 50 things have you done? Don't miss the chance to tick off a few this autumn. Have you had a game of conkers, been blackberry picking or eaten an apple from the tree?

Get active

If you like exercising outdoors, we might just have the perfect place for you to do it. Check our our walking, running and cycling routes and find out more about our promise to cyclists. 

Places to stay

Looking for somewhere a bit different for your next holiday? Check our our holiday cottages in the North East including a lighthouse keeper's cottage, a cottage overlooking Lindisfarne Castle and a former farmhouse next to the best preserved Roman Fort along Hadrian's Wall.

Down the road

Lichfield: A Royal Album. An opportunity to see photographs of the Royal Family taken by Lord Lichfield, including formal portraits and some more informal moments at Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens.