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Trace a president's past in Tyne and Wear

As well as being close to both Sunderland and Newcastle - and a short drive from the iconic Angel of the North - Washington is known for its connections with the United States. Washington Old Hall was the ancestral home of first US president George Washington. There's lots of memorabilia on display in this attractive manor house, and you can see a handwritten letter from the man himself. The hall holds a special ceremony on American Independence Day each year.

Get back to nature

Washington WWT Wetland Centre boasts a diverse array of wetlands, woodlands and wildflower meadows. Get close to exotic wildfowl, Asian short-clawed otters, Chilean flamingos and an array of insects. There's also a sculpture trail and Splash Zone play area for kids.

Sample Newcastle's legendary nightlife

Whether you want to enjoy a family meal down on the quayside, catch a West End show at the Theatre Royal or tour the bars of Diamond Strip, Newcastle is one of the best places to let your hair down. The stunning Millennium Bridge is lit up at night, providing the perfect backdrop for your evening's entertainment. Looking for accommodation in Washington? Both Travelodge Washington A1(M) Southbound and Travelodge Washington A1(M) Northbound are easily accessible by car, located just outside the town and close to Newcastle and Sunderland.