Your Essential Guide to Exploring North East England: Tips for International Visitors

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Explore North East England: Essential Tips for International Visitors

Visiting the United Kingdom can be an enriching experience filled with history, culture, and stunning landscapes.

If you’re planning a trip to the UK, exploring the North East of England offers a unique blend of heritage, vibrant cities, and picturesque countryside.

Here’s your comprehensive guide to making the most of your visit:

Before You Go:


Visa Requirements:

  • Check whether you need a visa to enter the UK and ensure all your travel documents are up-to-date.
  • Visit the official UK government website or consult with the nearest UK embassy or consulate in your country for specific visa requirements.

Travel Insurance:

  • Consider purchasing travel insurance to cover unexpected medical expenses, trip cancellations, or lost luggage.

Currency Exchange:

  • Familiarize yourself with the currency used in the UK (British Pound Sterling, GBP) and exchange currency before your departure or upon arrival at the airport.


  • Pack appropriate clothing based on the time of year you plan to visit. The UK weather can be unpredictable, so it’s advisable to pack layers and waterproof attire.

Getting There:

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Flight Arrangements:

  • Book your flights to Newcastle International Airport, the primary airport serving the North East of England.
  • Alternatively, you can fly into other major airports in the UK such as London Heathrow, London Gatwick, or Manchester, and then take a connecting flight or train to Newcastle.

Public Transportation:

  • The UK has an extensive public transportation network including trains and buses, making it easy to travel within the country.
  • Purchase an Oyster card for convenient travel on London’s public transport system or consider using contactless payment methods for buses and trains.


  1. Hotels and Guesthouses:

    • Choose from a variety of accommodation options ranging from luxury hotels to budget-friendly guesthouses.
    • Consider staying in Newcastle upon Tyne, Durham, or Sunderland for easy access to attractions in the North East.
  2. Alternative Accommodation:

    • Explore options such as Airbnb or serviced apartments for a more unique and personalized experience.

Exploring the North East - SOME HIGHLIGHTS:

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  1. Newcastle upon Tyne:

  2. Durham:

    • Discover the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Durham Cathedral and Durham Castle.
    • Take a leisurely stroll along the River Wear and explore the charming streets of the historic city center.
  3. Sunderland:

Cultural Experiences:

  1. Museums and Galleries:

  2. Local Cuisine:

    • Sample traditional Geordie dishes such as stotties, pease pudding, and Newcastle Brown Ale.
    • Don’t miss out on trying the famous Greggs sausage roll, a beloved British snack.
  3. Events and Festivals:

Additional Tips:

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    • While English is the primary language spoken in the UK, you may encounter regional accents and dialects. In the North East, particularly in Newcastle and surrounding areas, you’ll hear the distinctive Geordie dialect. Embracing and understanding local phrases like “howay” (come on), “gan” (go), or “canny” (nice) can enrich your experience and help you connect with locals.


  • British customs are diverse and can vary from region to region. In the North East, people are generally friendly and approachable. While common courtesies like saying “please” and “thank you” are appreciated, the atmosphere is often more relaxed. Don’t be surprised if locals strike up a conversation with you – it’s all part of the Geordie hospitality!

Emergency Services:

  • Memorize emergency contact numbers including 999 (or 112) for emergencies and 101 for non-emergencies.


  • Tipping is discretionary in the UK. It’s customary to leave a tip of around 10-15% in restaurants if a service charge isn’t included.

Public Transport Savings:

  • Consider purchasing a railcard if you plan to travel extensively by train during your stay in the UK. Railcards offer discounts on fares for specific demographics such as young people, seniors, or families.

Weather Preparedness:

  • Be prepared for the changeable weather in the UK by packing layers and waterproof clothing, regardless of the season. Carry an umbrella or a waterproof jacket to stay dry during unexpected showers.

Day Trips and Excursions:

  • Take advantage of the North East’s proximity to other picturesque regions such as the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales, or Northumberland National Park. Plan day trips or guided excursions to explore the stunning countryside and historic landmarks beyond the city limits.

Cashless Payments:

  • While cash is widely accepted, many establishments in the UK, including shops, restaurants, and public transport, also accept contactless payments and mobile wallets. It’s convenient to have a debit or credit card equipped with this feature for seamless transactions.

Safety and Security:

  • The UK is generally a safe destination for travelers, but it’s essential to remain vigilant, especially in crowded tourist areas and public transportation. Keep your belongings secure and be cautious of pickpockets in busy urban centers.

Local Events and Festivals:

  • Check local event calendars for festivals, markets, and cultural events happening during your visit to North East England. Participating in these events offers a unique insight into the region’s traditions and community spirit.

Explore Off the Beaten Path:

  • Venture beyond the tourist hotspots to discover hidden gems and lesser-known attractions in the North East. Explore quaint villages, scenic coastal walks, and charming countryside pubs for an authentic experience of the region

We are here to help:

  • We are here to help when you are planning your travels to the UK and looking to tour with us. Feel free to get in touch.

By following this guide, you’ll be well-prepared to embark on an unforgettable journey through the North East of England, immersing yourself in its rich culture, history, and natural beauty. Enjoy your travels!



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