Points of Interest


Hartlepool Historic Quay - The centrepiece of Hartlepool Marina, the award-winning Historic Quay is a faithful recreation of an 18th Century port, offering the sights, sounds and smells of a bustling seaport during the time of Nelson. Plus, don't miss the chance to explore the Trincomalee, Europe's oldest floating warship.


Opening Hours 11:00 - 16:00 (Everyday)

Heugh Battery Museum - A unique site filled with history and intrigue. The only British Gun Battery to have fired its guns in anger during the First World War, come and explore a faithfully recreated example of an early 20th Century naval gun battery.

Opening Hours: Closed (Monday to Friday)

                            10:00 - 16:00 (Saturday and Sunday) 

RSPB Saltholme - A beautiful nature reserve that is home to a variety of wildlife, from brightly coloured butterflies, to stately swans and common terns, make this a must for any nature lover visiting the area. Saltholme's friendly team of staff and volunteers are on hand to help you make the most of your visit.

Opening Hours: 09:30 - 17:00 (Monday)

                           09:30 - 16:00 (Tuesday to Sunday)

Seaton Carew Golf Club - Golf enthusiasts will not want to miss the chance to play a round on one of Britain’s oldest active golf courses. A two-time host of the Barbazon Trophy, this is one of the best Links golf courses in the UK.

Opening Hours: 0900 - 1700 (Monday to Friday)

                           12:00 - 17:00 (Weekends)

MIMA - The Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, or MIMA, is a modern art museum located in the heart of Middlesbrough. Their collection includes a wide variety of works dating from the 19th Century to the Present Day, including pieces by artists such as L.S Lowry, Tracy Emin and David Hockney.


Opening Hours: Closed (Monday)

                            10:00 - 16:30 (Tuesday and Wednesday)

                            10:00 - 19:00 (Thursday)

                            10:00 - 16:30 (Friday and Saturday)

                            12:00 - 16:00 (Sunday)

National Glass Centre - Explore the 1300-year history of glass making in Sunderland and how today's expert glass makers are keeping the tradition alive. Watch in awe as the centres resident glass blowers create astonishing works of art before your very eyes in one of the centres six daily glass blowing demonstrations, or get involved yourself a hand's on glass making experience.


Opening Hours: 10:00 - 17:00 (Everyday)

Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens - Explore the fascinating history of Sunderland all under one roof, with exhibit spaces dedicated to ship building, coal mining, glass making, pottery and many other areas of the city's industrial past. The museum also plays host to an art gallery that includes works by prestigious artists including Francis Bacon, Grayson Perry and Damien Hirst. And why not take time to explore the Winter Gardens, a stunning series of gardens which are home to more than 2000 plants.


Opening Hours: 10:00 - 16:00 (Monday to Saturday)

                            12:00 - 16:00 (Sunday) 

Durham Cathedral - One of the finest examples of Norman architecture in Europe, this remarkable cathedral dominates the Durham skyline. Containing the tombs of the Venerable Bede and St Cuthbert, as well as being home to the oldest remaining cloisters in England, this cathedral is more than deserving of its status as a UNESCO World Heritage sight and is a must see for any visitor to the North East.


Opening Hours: 09:30 - 18:00 (Monday to Saturday)

                            12:30 - 17:30 (Sunday)

Durham Castle - Dating back to the days of William the Conqueror, this castle, located in the heart of Durham, is one of the most beautiful in England.  A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1986, the castle is open to the general public, but only through guided tours due to it remaining a functioning building. 

Opening Hours: 14:00 - 16:00 (Everyday)

Captain Cook Birthplace Museum - Opened on the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook's birth, this museum tells the story of one of the world’s greatest maritime explorers and navigators through themed display galleries, exhibitions and events. Fun for all of the family.


Opening Hours: Closed (Monday)

                           10:30 - 15:30 (Tuesday to Sunday)