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Many of Newcastle-upon-Tyne’s highlights are close to Houghton le Spring, making it a smart choice as a place to base yourself during your visit. Two destinations that should be on every visitor’s itinerary is the fabulous Herrington Country Park and the ever-popular WWT Washington Wetland Centre. Also, well worth the effort are the Washington Old Hall and Sunderland Museum.
Houghton le Spring has a number of museums, exhibits and show venues nearby that allow visitors to really get a feel for the area. In particular, you should make sure you check out Oriental Museum in Durham, the National Glass Centre in Sunderland and the Durham Heritage Centre and Museum. If you enjoy art museums and galleries, admire the local artwork and other exhibits at the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art in Sunderland.
If the sun is shining, follow the locals and head outside to the nearby parks and reserves. Enjoy some of the tranquil city parks such as the Durham Botanic Garden in Durham.
If you have time in and around Houghton le Spring, stop by Durham Cathedral in Durham, the Angel of the North in Gateshead and Durham Castle. Travellers with a passion for religious history shouldn’t miss the St. Nicholas Church in Durham and the St Peter's Church in Sunderland.
Get familiar with the local sporting passions in Houghton le Spring by catching a game at Gateshead International Stadium, Gateshead, the stomping ground of the Gateshead Thunder and the Gateshead F.C.. Even if there is no game on, you can sing along and cheer with locals at one of the many pop or rock concerts hosted here.
Finding somewhere suitable to base yourself close to the Houghton le Spring area is simple. The Radisson BLU Hotel Durham, the Campanile Washington Newcastle Upon Tyne and the Durham Marriott Hotel Royal County are among the best places to stay while you are enjoying this special area.
Situated in East Rainton, this hotel is 2 mi (3.2 km) from Houghton le Spring Golf Club and within 6 mi (10 km) of Durham University and Durham Castle. Durham Cathedral and Karting North East are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Located in West Rainton, this apartment is within 6 mi (10 km) of Gala Theatre Durham, Durham University, and Durham Castle. Durham Cathedral and St. Nicholas Church are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Situated in Houghton le Spring, this guesthouse is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Doxford International Business Park and within 3 mi (5 km) of Karting North East and Herrington Country Park. Houghton le Spring Golf Club and Penshaw Monument are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Located in the heart of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of O2 Academy Newcastle, St. James' Park, and Castle Keep. Quayside and Gateshead Millennium Bridge are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Located in Carrville, this spa hotel is 3 mi (4.9 km) from Gala Theatre Durham and 3.1 mi (5 km) from St. Nicholas Church. Durham University and Durham Castle are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Situated in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, this spa hotel is steps from Quayside and Gateshead Millennium Bridge. BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and Castle Keep are also within 15 minutes.
Located in the heart of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Castle Keep, Quayside, and Gateshead Millennium Bridge. BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and Tyne Bridge are also within 15 minutes.
Located in Jesmond, this apartment is within 1 mi (2 km) of Newcastle-upon-Tyne Civic Centre, St. James' Park, and Quayside. Gateshead Millennium Bridge and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art are also within 2 mi (3 km).