Conveniently located just off the M1 motorway, which links the north of England to London and the south of the country, Washington is easy to get to by either car or local bus. Durham and Newcastle both link directly to London on a quick train line. The nearest airport, just 18km away, is in Newcastle.
There are plenty of places to eat and drink in Washington, Newcastle and Durham, serving up a variety of dishes. Towards the coast, fish and chips is the classic English seaside dish, while roasted food is the most popular option on a Sunday. The area is also a producer of the famous Newcastle Brown Ale.
This area of the north of England is the setting for several exciting events throughout the calendar year. Perhaps most notably, Newcastle’s roads are shut down each autumn for the Great North Run marathon. In Durham, there are a number of spectacular events held at the city’s cathedral to celebrate religious holidays throughout the year.
When you visit Durham’s famous Norman cathedral, some areas may well look familiar to Harry Potter fans. Several scenes from the first two Potter films were filmed around the cloisters area of the cathedral, which was once voted Britain’s Favourite Building in 2001. The UNESCO World Heritage site also featured in the 1998 film Elizabeth.
Durham Cathedral [http://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/]
This is Durham, tourism website [http://www.thisisdurham.com]
Newcastle, tourism [http://www.newcastlegateshead.com/]