Wallsend derives its name as the location of the end of Hadrian's Wall, the best preserved and most formidable of Rome's frontiers, and now a World Heritage Site; find out about the history of the wall at the Visitor Centre and Museum located at the old Roman fort of Segedunum. Wander around Belsay Hall and Gardens, a well-preserved late 14th century tower house and a neo-classical house, linked by a charming sunken garden spread over more than 30 acres of landscaped grounds.
The great outdoors
Visit the famed Wallington Hall, a country house with over 13,000 acres of land to explore, from a gentle one mile woodland stroll to a rugged six mile hike across moorland; bring the bikes for the Dragon cycle trail, the ideal way to get out and about on the wider estate. Picnic around the Rothley lake to the north of the estate, and enjoy the abundant flora and fauna, or just wander slowly around the East Woods and discover the hidden Walled Garden. Fill your lungs with sea air at Long Sands Beach, a lovely unspoilt beach with plenty of areas to swim. Or spend a day at Jesmond Dene, a narrow wooded valley that provides an important wildlife corridor into the centre of Newcastle.
Family days out
Visit the Discovery Museum to find out about life on Tyneside, from its shipbuilding heritage to inventions which changed the world. Full of interactive displays, it's a great place for all ages. Visit the hugely popular South and North Marine Parks - enjoy family-fun at the South Park, from riding a miniature steam train to hiring a pedalo to kicking a ball, while those requiring something a little quieter should try the North Park, with its gentler pastimes of bowls, petanque and pitch and putt.