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It's far from grim up north

The pretty village of Seaton Burn in Tyne and Wear lies just north of Newcastle, and while it's not quite as abuzz with the hum of industry as it was in the late 19th century, when its colliery was a major employer, it has plenty to recommend it. There's a real sense of history pervading the area, and the stream from which it takes its name is just one of the picturesque sights Nearby.

Get a glimpse of mother earth

Northumberlandia lies a few miles south of Seaton Burn, and comprises an enormous human landform sculpture created from the remains of an old open-cast mine. The 'Lady of the North' is embellished with contours formed by the pathways used to explore the unique 19-hectare site and, at a quarter of a mile from head to toe, the result is spectacular.

Get out and about in Newcastle

Newcastle's vibrant city centre is just a 20-minute drive away, and boasts plenty to see and do - from shopping trips and eateries to museums, galleries and landmarks. Particularly recommended are the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, the Discovery Museum and the Centre for Life.

Planning a trip to Seaton Burn? Travelodge Newcastle Seaton Burn Hotel could hardly be more convenient, while Travelodge Newcastle Gosforth Hotel and Travelodge Newcastle Central Hotel are ideal for trips to the city itself.