11 lesser-known places worth visiting in the North East

There are plenty of famous destinations in the North East of England which attract visitors year round, but there are a variety of gems which are often overlooked.

Tuesday, 15th January 2019, 08:45 am
Updated Tuesday, 15th January 2019, 08:49 am
Places to visit

These are 11 places that showcase the history of the North East and are well worth a visit.

This 13th century Grade I listed Medieval hall provides a splendid backdrop to the beautiful gardens. Indulge in a homemade cream tea in the idyllic courtyard area or relax in front of a log fire in the Georgian dining room.
This working farm allows visitors to get involved in washing the pigs, feeding the lambs or grooming the donkeys. There is also huge outdoor jumping pillow, racing car track, sandpit and a maze.
Howick Hall is a Grade II listed building, which was once the home of the Prime Minister Charles, 2nd Earl Grey, which is where the popular Earl Grey tea gets its name from.
The coast of the North East of England from Berwick in the north to Whitby and beyond in the south, has an extremely rich maritime, historic and cultural heritage and was once one of the principal shipbuilding areas in the UK
Warkworth Hermitage is a chapel which was built onto and within a cliff face located on the north bank of the River Coquet in Northumberland. This English Heritage site is a great place to visit with the family.
Located in Ormesby, Middlesbrough, this Grade I listed building is an 18th century Palladian style mansion, which was completed in 1754. Here visitors can explore the house, formal gardens and sprawling parkland.
The Captain Cook Birthplace Museum is a public museum located in Stewart Park in Marton, Middlesbrough. This museum tells the story of one of the worlds greatest navigators and mariners through a range of exhibitions.
This scenic walking path from Crimdon Dene to Seaham traces the line of this designated historic coast, allowing visitors to take in the wild cliffs and dunes.
Based in Hartlepool, Camerons Brewery offers quality beers and lagers brewed at the Lion Brewery, alongside products from other major breweries. Visitors can see how Camerons started in the interactive visitor centre.
St Cuthbert's Cave, which is known locally as Cuddy's Cave or Cove, is an overhanging outcrop of Sandstone rock. It is said that the monks of Lindisfarne brought St Cuthberts body to this place for a short period in 875 AD.
The Durham University Botanic Garden is set in 25 acres of mature woodlands in the outskirts of the city. Open to the public, the Botanical Garden offers a wide variety of landscapes to explore and discover.