Must see Hidden Gems in the North East

Our region is a very special place, filled with unique attractions and hidden gems. From nature reserves to quirky cinemas, there’s plenty of things to do and see. Whether you live in the North East or are here to visit; our list of must see hidden gems are guaranteed to make you fall head over heels for our beautiful region.

Holy Island 

Lindisfarne, Northumberland

The Holy Island of Lindisfarne, more simply known as Holy Island is situated a few miles off the stunning Northumberland coastline. This wild coastal beauty is a place like no other. Venture across the dramatic causeway to the picturesque village seeped in history. Home to Lindisfarne Castle, Lindisfarne Priory and great walks across the island; this magical place is a great day out for the whole family.

Jam Jar Cinema

18-24 Park Avenue, Whitley Bay, NE26 1DG

Quirky and cute, Jam Jar Cinema and Lounge Bar is a community cinema in the heart of Whitley Bay. This little gem shows the best of Indie, British and Hollywood releases in a boutique backdrop.

Paxton House 

Paxton, Berwick-upon-Tweed, TD15 1SZ

Filled with history, Paxton House is a great place to explore; with beautiful gardens and grounds, boat trips along the tweed and Stable café; there is something to keep everyone happy.


Few visitors to the Lake District have seen Cumbria’s little-known coast. This stunning five mile stretch of shingle and sand is one of Cumbria’s best beaches.

Jesmond Dene

Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE7 7DA

Jesmond Dene is an oasis of green hidden away in the centre of the city. It’s an idyllic spot for a walk or a picnic all year round. If you’re an animal lover head to pet’s corner, perfect for keeping the kids occupied.

Rumbling Kern

Rumbling Kern, Northumberland, NE66 3LH

A place not known by many, Rumbling Kern is a tiny beach in a rocky cove, situated near Howick. This award-winning hidden gem, sheltered behind small cliffs was once the haunt of whisky smugglers.  This little beach is worth a visit if you’re out and about in Northumberland.

Crook Hall and Gardens

Frankland Lane, Durham, DH1 5SZ

Built in 1217, this medieval manor house is one of Durham City’s oldest inhabited houses. With history of their own, the manor’s gardens are vast, including a secret walled garden, orchard and a maze and meadow area. A fascinating place to explore.

We hope you enjoy discovering our region’s hidden gems and would love to hear about your special North East spots. Tweet us @NewcastleBSoc