These are the 16 must-do experiences in the North East according to Lonely Planet.
1. Retrace the Romans’ footsteps along Hadrian’s wall
Measuring a whopping 73 miles and stretching from coast-to-coast, Hadrian’s Wall was built thousands of years ago to guard the Roman Empire - and today tourists can retrace their steps.
2. Contemplate 1000 years of ecclesiastical history at Durham Cathedral
A UNESCO World Heritage Site which is free of charge, Durham Cathedral is a breathtaking must-see in the North East. For Harry Potter fans, it’s also the location of some scenes from the film franchise.
3. Be a pilgrim and take the causeway to otherworldly Lindisfarne
Also known as the “Holy Island,” in 635AD Saint Aidan came from Iona and chose Lindisfarne to found his monastery. Today visitors can enjoy its beauty by taking the causeway, covered over by the tides twice a day.
4. Go puffin-spotting on the Farne Islands
The Farne Islands are one of the best spots for puffin-spotting in the UK - perfect for bird fans. April to late July is the best time to catch them.