If you’re travelling through the Newcastle area and decide to spend a couple of days sightseeing, then staying at a cheap hotel in Birtley makes sense.  

Our Washington A1(M) Southbound hotel is conveniently located only 2.5 miles from Chester le Street train station and 4 miles away from the famous open-air Beamish Museum. Our Washington A1(M) Northbound hotel is close to Europe’s largest retail complex the Metro Centre and to the impressive Durham Cathedral.

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Staying at the Newcastle Whitemare Pool hotel will give you easy access to Gateshead and the surrounding area. It’s also ideal if you’ve got big plans to see your favourite football team play at the nearby Newcastle ground. You may also want to visit Antony Gormley’s Angel of the North, a popular landmark just 5 miles’ drive from the hotel.

Our Chester le Street hotel is a lovely location in the heart of a pretty market town; close to Chester le Street train station and only 13 miles from Newcastle city centre, it boasts one of the smallest museums in the country, Ankers House, and is close to the Durham Cricket Ground.

Things to do in Birtley

Once you have chosen where to stay then it’s time to explore this beautiful part of the country. Whether you’re staying at one of the many Birtley Hotels or have decided to stay closer to Newcastle’s Quayside, there’s plenty to choose from. You can visit the Great British Cupcakery Bakehouse and Parlour which offers a wide range of delicious cakes and pastries or, if you’re taking your kids to Newcastle upon Tyne, they’ll love the Castle. Built by King Henry II in the 12th century, this medieval ‘New Castle upon Tyne’ gave the area its name.

If you stay at the Sunderland Central Hotel you’ll have plenty of access to the local area. Sunderland is a thriving city and the local university is only a quarter of a mile away from the hotel, as is the local train station and the Bridges Shopping Centre retail complex. From this hoteI, it’s easy to visit the nearby Sunderland Football Stadium, or, if you prefer to spend the day in a more relaxing setting, the nearby Winter Gardens art gallery and exhibition space is close by. You can learn how glass is made at the National Glass Centre and, if you have a good head for heights, there’s the added bonus of being allowed to walk along the glass roof where you can look down on the main area below.