Located south of Gateshead in the county Tyne and Wear, Birtley lies near the A1, and has great rail and bus links.
Some of the great attractions you can experience in Birtley include the sight of one of Britain’s most-viewed open-air sculptures - Antony Gormley’s Angel of the North, which stands on the high ground to the north of Birtley, where it protectively overlooks the area.
If you are in need of a retail fix, a short drive brings you to one of Europe’s largest indoor shopping centres - The Metro Centre, that houses a vast and impressive array of big-name stores. If it’s something more cultural and educational you require, try visiting Beamish, where you will find yourself transported back throughout the years and history is brought to life quite literally.
The nearby towns of Washington and Chester-Le-Street can also be accessed easily by both road and rail.
Washington Old Hall, The Avenue, Washington NE38 7LE (0191) 416 6879
Just over a mile from Birtley is the ancestral family home of George Washington; first President of the United States.
Open during the summer season, Washington Old Hall is now owned by the National Trust. Oak staircases and oak furniture decorate the home that also contains exhibits of George Washington himself.
Beamish, The North of England Open Air Museum, County Durham DH9 0RG (0191) 370 4000
Just three miles from Birtley, this famous open air museum tells the story of the North East’s people in 1825 (the start of the industrial revolution) and 1913 (the peak of the industrial revolution).
Located in 300 acres of countryside, Beamish’s story is told through the use of costumed staff.