Day Trips in the NorthEast

by Alessia Scappaticci

Newcastle is a fantastic city to live in. From the art galleries and lush parks to the buzzing nightlife on Grey Street, you’ll never have a, “there’s nothing to do” moment. But it doesn’t hurt to see something new every now and then! And if a one-day getaway is what you need, then these destinations are definitely worth exploring:

Tynemouth
Tynemouth is a beautiful coastal town along the North East of England. Just stepping off of the metro (a 15-minute ride from Newcastle, by the way) delivers you to a lively weekend market filled with food specialty items. Once exiting the station, you can find gorgeous Victorian homes while walking to Tynemouth Priory & Castle or Long Sands Beach. But before you hit the beach, you can grab some takeaway from one of the dozens of restaurants on Front Street. My suggestion? Stop by Marshall’s for fish and chips and eat on the beach!    

Tynemouth
Tynemouth
Photo taken by Alessia Scappaticci
The Shambles, York
The Shambles, York
Photo taken by Alessia Scappaticci

York   Just an hour away from Newcastle City Centre, York is an old, historic town that is full of sights to explore. If guided tours are your thing, you can check out the JORVIK Viking Centre, or learn about York’s Chocolate Story. But if you’d rather stroll around, then check out York Minster Cathedral or the Shambles– a narrow cobblestone strip of shops and bakeries. Fun fact: The Shambles was the inspiration for Diagon Alley in the Harry Potter movies! ]

     
Edinburgh   London is great, but the beauty of living in the North East is that travelling to another country counts as a day trip- especially if you take an early train. Edinburgh is one of the most famous cities in Scotland, full of multiple days’ worth of things to do. But if you only have one day, then Edinburgh Castle has a stunning view of the city from a great vantage point, and the Scottish National Gallery has tons of art to marvel at. And don’t forget to walk the Royal Mile!      
Edinburgh skyline
Edinburgh skyline
Photo taken by Alessia Scappaticci

Pro tip: Make sure to book a window seat on the train ride up, because I’ve never seen so much breathtaking scenery in such a short time.    

If you’re interested in learning more about how you can get here too, then you can contact an advisor, and keep up with Across the Pond on social media. You can also follow along on my UK journey on Instagram at @alessiaacrossthepond!

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