Master flying with Broomstick Training at Alnwick Castle!
Master flying with Broomstick Training at Alnwick Castle!

Unusual attractions & activities in the North East

Wondering if the Great North Run is worth the trip? We think so! We’ve put together this quirky guide to help you discover unusual attractions and things to do in the North East, to entertain you after or before you’ve completed the world’s largest half marathon.

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There’s so much more to Newcastle than shipbuilding and football – test your nerves with a haunted ghost tour, combine brainpower with friends at an escape room or hop on the ‘curry train’.

If you want to escape the city, head up the coast to Northumberland and take up Broomstick Training at Alnwick Castle or enrol in a sausage-making workshop to pick up skills for your next family barbeque.

Broomstick Training - Alnwick Castle

Broomstick Training at Alnwick Castle

Master your broomstick on the very spot where Harry Potter had his first flying lesson! All ages are welcome to this daily activity which is free with admission to Alnwick Castle.
Escape Room - Newcastle

Escape Rooms - Egyptian tomb and a mad scientist’s dungeon

Head over to The Never Give Up Live Experience in Central Newcastle for one of two escape room experiences with family or friends – will you escape?
Ghost City Tour - Newcastle

Newcastle’s Haunted City Tours

Alone In The Dark Entertainment provide ghost walks, haunted pub tours, haunted building tours and ghost hunting tours in some of the most spooky and haunted places in Newcastle.
Bridge bungee jump - Middlesborough

Bridge Bungee Jump - Middlesbrough

The iconic Tees Transporter Bridge in Middlesbrough is the UK's only Bridge Bungee Jumping venue!
Sausage-making experience

Sausage Making Experience - Northumberland

Learn to make your own sausages with a two hour sausage-making workshop in Northumberland – learn skills that will be sure to impress at your next family barbeque!
Barter Books - Alnwick

Barter Books - Alnwick

One of the largest second-hand bookshops in Britain and home of the famous Keep Calm and Carry On poster.
Passage to India Curry Train

Passage to India Curry Train

Expect an authentic 'Raj Style' escort from Newcastle Central station to The Valley restaurant, where you'll indulge in a delicious four-course meal.
Newcastle United rooftop tour

Walk on the roof of St James’ Park

Take a rooftop tour of Newcastle United’s football stadium and gain a unique perspective of the city from 46m (150ft) above the ground.
Keilder Observatory

Kielder Observatory - magical and unique

In the heart of the Northumberland National Park near the Scottish border you'll find a star gazing and astronomy heaven! View the beautiful Milky Way, see shooting stars and observe the Sun's surface.


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