The North East
The region covers a wide area, encompassing Northumberland, Newcastle and Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, County Durham, and the Tees Valley. A key feature of many of the region's museums is that it preserves and pays tribute to the county's past and its links with nearby regions.
In Northumberland, expect to find attractions such as a military museum located in unique coastal defence buildings, a legion of Roman museums and even the smallest museum in the country.
One of the most unusual museums is the Bagpipe Museum in Morpeth Chantry, a space celebrating the history of Northumbrian bagpipes which are very different to the Scottish variety. Aviation enthusiasts will love Bamburgh Castle's Armstrong and Aviation Museum, whilst the award-winning Woodhorn celebrates Northumberland's proud mining heritage. In amongst the illuminated footbridges rejuvenated quaysides and Newcastle and Gateshead is home to several world-class cultural attractions such as the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, The Laing Art Gallery and The Biscuit Factory, the UK's biggest commercial gallery. There are also many smaller and public galleries who welcome well-known and emerging contemporary artists and display sought-after classical pieces. Many of County Durham's museum attractions provide chance to experience a real sense of the past.
At Beamish Museum, visitors can step back in time and see what life was like in the North East during the Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian periods. Killhope is a multiawarding winning Victorian Mining Museum which includes guided mine tours and chance to see a working water wheel. Other great attractions include Durham's Visitor Centre providing an introduction to the city's World Heritage Site, the University's Oriental Museum and The Bowes Museum in the Durham Dales, home to internationally significant fine arts. The Tees Valley also has a wide diversity of museums and galleries, ranging from the birthplace museum of the greatest British explorer Captain Cook in Middlesbrough to Head Of Steam in Darlington, the home of the first steam locomotive - Locomotion No. 1 - to carry passengers. There are also many contemporary and cutting-edge galleries such as mima and Palace Arts Gallery in Redcar showcasing modern and classical art from renowned artists.