The North-East of England consists of County Durham, Tyne and Wear and Northumberland as well as Teesside which is in North Yorkshire. Historically a very important region of England, the area’s strategic value is borne out by a legacy of ancient castles including two world heritage sites, Durham Cathedral and Durham Castle plus Hadrian’s Wall, one of the frontiers of the Roman Empire.
For brides to be, there is nothing the North-East cannot offer with a selection of vibrant historic cities, ancient towns and pretty villages plus riverside and coastal venues galore and picturesque rural locations. The North-East is the region of castles so if your ambition is to be married in one then this is the place to be, with the most famous castle of them all, the jewel in the castle crown, Alnwick Castle, which became Hogwarts in the iconic ‘Harry Potter’ films.
Stray away from the urban centres and the North-East has a dramatic and atmospheric wildness with plenty of locations where it is possible to turn your back on modern life in amongst wild moorland or rugged cliffs. With a quality of life which is attracting many people to move to the North-East, the attributes which entice house buyers are not lost on those planning a wedding. This region offers all the variety and quality usually only available in locations found in the South-East and close to London, and often without the price tag.
There is a plethora of spectacular historic backdrops, castles, romantic ruins, fortresses and stately homes, a reflection of the key significance of this location in previous centuries. Pretty countryside hides tranquil villages and ancient market towns with rustic settings of almost every conceivable type, both traditional and contemporary.
With plenty of key rivers, there are waterside venues and a spectacular coastline offering desolate beaches, rugged cliffs and vast skies, perfect for those atmospheric and romantic photographs especially if you are choosing to marry in the autumn or winter.
The North-East has a warmth and a vibrancy whether you are in the big cities of Durham, Gateshead or Sunderland or you are choosing a rural or coastal setting. There is a bleak and mystical quality to the countryside and coastline which is unmatched anywhere else in the UK, but you can be certain of a warm, northern welcome regardless of the venue you choose.
Served by the A1(M) and the M1, the North-East is also on the East coast mainline with services from London King’s Cross heading to Scotland. Newcastle airport offers a selection of domestic and international flights so guests from abroad have easy access and that all-important escape for the honeymoon is just a short car ride away.