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.

Where will your adventures take you this summer? © NTPL/John Millar

Where will your adventures take you this summer?

Summer holidays in the North East

Whether your perfect day out includes gathering the family for a picnic on the beach, adventuring into the great outdoors or taking part in games and activities, we've got it covered.

Wildlife on the coast

No matter what time of year you take a trip to the coast, there's always lots of wildlife to look out for. Each season brings new things to see. Summer is a great time of year to spot butterflies, wildflowers and Arctic Terns. Here's what to look out for...

Caring for the coast

We look after some amazing stretches of coastline - from the Farne Islands to Embleton and Newton Links and The Leas. All of the work we do including wildlife conservation, footpath repairs and habitat improvement, is thanks to your support.

Houses & gardens

From castles, lighthouses and Georgian landscape gardens to the palace of the modern magician and the home of a political and playful Trevelyan family, we look after some amazing houses and gardens in the North East.

Coast & country

We love the outdoors, both coast and countryside, and look after some very special parts of it for you to enjoy:


Walk, run, cycle

If you like being active in the great outdoors, whether you're training for a big race or simply enjoy meandering along the coast, we hope you'll love our downloadable walks, running routes, group activities and promise to cyclists.

Pack a picnic

Plan the perfect day out and don't forget to pack a picnic. From sandy beaches to woodland glades or flowery meadows, we've got some great suggestions of where you can find a spot to put down your picnic rug and tuck in.

Places to stay

Holiday somewhere special this year. Fancy a cottage in Lord Armstrong's garden at Cragside? How about one that's 50 metres from the best preserved Roman Fort on Hadrian's Wall? Or overlooking Lindisfarne Castle on Holy Island? The choice is yours.