North East (England)
From the Scottish borders to the counties of Yorkshire, North East England is a region often overlooked by tourists and natives from other parts of Great Britain. The region, often characterised by an industrial age long since past, has gone through immense change and regeneration.
To those that know the North East, there is a wealth of beauty unspoilt by large numbers of visitors. The county of Northumberland is dotted with beautiful historic towns such as Berwick on the Scottish border, Alnwick and Hexham.
It is a region of contrast. The wild beauty of the Northumberland National Park and the modern life of Newcastle. The quiet pit villages of County Durham and the historic grandeur of Durham Cathedral. The new, the old and the disused all reside in stark relief.
The real beauty of North East England is its secret. So few know what this area really has to offer.
The North East consists of the following counties:
Cities and towns
Listed below are nine of the cities of greatest interest to travellers:
- Durham (County Durham)
- Newcastle upon Tyne (Tyne and Wear)
- Sunderland (Tyne and Wear)
- Gateshead (Tyne and Wear)
- Alnwick (Northumberland)
- Berwick-upon-Tweed (Northumberland)
- Darlington (County Durham)
- Hartlepool (Cleveland)
- Hexham (Northumberland)
- Middlesbrough (Cleveland)
- Stockton-on-Tees (Cleveland)
- Hadrian's Wall  on the border with Scotland is an 80-mile long wall built by the Roman Governor Hadrian to keep the Scottish tribes out. A UNESCO World Heritage List site with an information centre situated at Housestead, north-west of Hexham.
- The Angel of the North - a giant rusty/copper coloured metal angel sculpture
- Lindisfarne - the "Holy Island"
- The Metro Centre One of Europe's largest shopping centres.
The North East is England's most northern and sparsely populated region. The area has a very long and bloody history, due to its proximity to Scotland and has fallen under Scottish hands at least once as the border shifted over time.
Eating out in North East England is very much dependent on where you are. Fresh fish can be found at many of the coastal towns such as Whitby and Redcar. Fast food chains, Italian, Indian and French restaurants are all common to most larger towns.
North Easteners pride themselves on serving-up what they argue are the best traditional English dish of Fish and Chips. From the largest cities in the region to the smallest villages, a Fish and Chip shop and a Pub are almost guaranteed.
In general the north east is fairly safe. Be warned though, most of the cites and largers towns are very much industrial and working class, so unlike Englands core cities they are neither touristy nor trendy.
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