These are the 16 must-do experiences in the North East according to Lonely Planet.
5. Walk up to the weather-beaten ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle
Standing on a remote headland in Northumberland, Dunstanburgh Castle was built in the 14th century and was twice besieged and captured during the Wars of the Roses. It fell into decay and is a magnificent tourist spot today.
6. Tour a star of the silver screen: Alnwick Castle
Another one for Harry Potter fans, Alnwick Castle was chosen to represent the exterior of Hogwarts School throughout the films.
7. Delve into Newcastle’s underground history on a Victoria Tunnel tour
The Victoria Tunnel is a preserved 19th-century tunnel which was converted into an air-raid shelter for the people of Newcastle during World War II. Today it can be visited on special tours.
8. Muse on mind-bending works of modern art at BALTIC
Right on the south bank of the River Tyne in Gateshead, BALTIC is a museum for contemporary art to rival the big players in London. It features an ever-rotating programme of exciting exhibitions.