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Tyne and Wear heritage

The interesting historic town of Houghton-le-Spring dates back to Norman times, with the church of St Michael and All Angels dating back from the late 12th century as a key symbol of both the past and present. Each year in October this attractive parish church holds the 'Houghton Feast', an ancient festival that runs for 10 days.

A great place for a brisk walk

Overlooked by the iconic Penshaw monument on Penshaw Hill is Herrington Park, one of the biggest parks in the Sunderland area with some great walking and cycling trails to pick off. Keep an eye out for special events and when you've finished walking and playing make sure you get some snaps of the striking Penshaw monument (officially the Earl of Durham's Monument).

Spend a little time at the farm

Down at the farm is a good shout for young families keen to learn about farm animals but also interesting zoo animals such as Snowy owls, racoons and skunks. This children welcoming farm has lots of activities such as tractor rides, quad biking and play areas. Family discounts are available. For flexible, cheap accommodation Near to Houghton-le-Spring why not book a room at the Travelodge Chester-le-Street Hotel which is approximately 6 miles away.