7 North East Landmarks to Add to Your Instagram Account

Posted 27 Jun 17, written by Amanda Lambert

Whether you’re an avid photographer or simply looking to fill your Instagram feed with some of the most admired landmarks in the UK, a getaway to the captivating surroundings of the North East is something you won’t want to miss out on this summer.
From world-famous landmarks to hidden gems, there’s a seemingly endless list of things to see and do in the North East - which means that seeing it all can often seem like a challenge. At Cottages in Northumberland, we love nothing more than exploring the very best sights in the region - and that’s why today, we’ll be bringing you our top 7 North East landmarks that you’ll want to share on your Instagram account in 2017.

1. Gateshead Millennium Bridge

Connecting the vibrant city of Newcastle with Gateshead Quays arts quarter, the award-winning Gateshead Millennium Bridge spans the River Tyne and is a must-see for anyone visiting the North East. At 165 feet tall, this iconic tilt bridge can be seen from both the Gateshead and Newcastle Quayside and is open to pedestrians and cyclists - closing only for shipping tilts in order to allow river traffic to pass underneath. Taking just 4 and a half minutes to rotate to its full tilt, this ingenious structure will no doubt be one of the most magnificent North East bridges to grace your Instagram account this summer.

2. Tynemouth Castle and Priory

Whether you’re staying in the historic town of Tynemouth or travelling in for the day from a rural holiday cottage in the countryside, exploring the Tynemouth Castle and Priory will be an experience that you’re not likely to forget. With this Anglo-Saxon settlement dominating the headland, take in the unparalleled views across the North Sea and River Tyne from the 2,000 year old ruins - all before stepping back in time as you marvel at the beautiful 13th century chapel in all its glory.

3. The Angel of the North


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Situated on top of a former colliery, the Angel of the North marks the North East’s mining history, as well as signifying the transition from the industrial era to the modern age. An iconic landmark, the 66ft Angel watches over the A1 and A167 and is seen by 90,000 drivers each day - but for an unrivalled view, we’d recommend getting up close and viewing the structure from the foot of the hill on which it stands. 

4. Alnwick Castle and Garden

Whether you’re sightseeing in Northumberland or looking for things to do in Alnwick, a trip to Alnwick Castle won’t disappoint. Having made an appearance in the first two Harry Potter films, the 11th century castle and adjacent gardens are now some of the most well-known Northumberland attractions - meaning it’s well worth experiencing this part of Northumberland first-hand. From the architecture of the Norman stately home to the rare flora that surrounds The Alnwick Garden’s unique treetop restaurant, there’s plenty to take in at this North East hotspot.

5. Dunstanburgh Castle


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The small fishing village of Craster is well-known for its array of picturesque coastal walking routes, but it’s the 14th century fortress sitting atop the North East headland that you’ll want to share on your Instagram feed. As if the twin-towered keep of Dunstanburgh Castle wasn’t impressive enough, the golden sands of Embleton Bay are home to wading birds like oystercatchers, dunlin and redshanks. Head to Saddle Rock, the distinctive geological formation just north of the castle, and you’ll be met with an abundance of photo opportunities in this corner of the North East coast.

6. Durham Cathedral

Less than 20 miles from Newcastle upon Tyne, the historic city of Durham prides itself on its wealth of amazing architecture. Originally founded over the final resting place of St Cuthbert, the city was a centre of pilgrimage in medieval England, and Durham’s staggering Norman cathedral still houses the shrine of Saint Cuthbert of Lindisfarne today. Situated at one of the highest points in the city, the 469 foot Cathedral is home to some of the most impressive views of Durham. So, whether you’re capturing the cathedral itself or the view of the city after hiking up all 325 steps, there are photo opportunities aplenty.

7. Bamburgh Castle

When it comes to finding things to do in Bamburgh, tourists and locals alike will tell you that Bamburgh Castle should be the first destination on your list. Situated on an outcrop of the Northumberland coastline, just a stone’s throw from the village of Bamburgh, these historic ruins still stand tall today - telling the story of what life was like in the North East during Anglo Saxon Britain. With a dog-friendly beach just down from the castle, you’ll have your pick of views to add to your social media accounts.
Whether it’s a weekend escape to the country or a week-long break during the school holidays, the array of beautiful things to see and explore in the North East means that there’s something for everyone in this idyllic region. 
Ready to book your well-deserved getaway? Browse our range of high quality accommodation in Northumberland online - or for more information on Northumberland days out, take a look at our blog for our getaway guides to the North East.
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