Out and about in our region

The Boatside Inn is situated in the heart of the Tyne Valley and whatever the time of year, whatever the weather, there is always something to do or something new to discover across this beautiful region. Rich in history and with some stunning scenery, you have castles, coastlines, countryside as well as city centres to discover and enjoy

Hadrian’s Wall Country is a joy for anyone who enjoys walking in the fresh air. Alternatively, if you prefer some retail therapy, we are less than 30 minutes from the Metro Centre as well as Newcastle upon Tyne. The Northumberland coastline has a wealth of wonders of discover, including beautiful beaches, castles, sea fishing, golf courses as well as bird spotting trips

Our staff are all locals and know the region well, so please ask for advice if you are planning a trip or you need some ideas about how to fill your time while visiting this gorgeous part of the world

Here are some ideas for you…

Alnwick Castle

The second largest inhabited castle in the UK, Alnwick Castle offers a full day out for all the family. Used as a backdrop for the Harry Potter films, the gardens are full of adventure and beauty.

The castle is open throughout the year and hosts some major events including family activities, outdoor concerts as well as sporting and historical re-enactments


A National Trust property, Wallington Hall is a stunning stately home and red squirrel conservation area, with some stunning gardens, set in a beautiful part of the Northumberland countryside.

Family-friendly events take place throughout the year, including woodland walks and seasonal fun.Take a tour of the house and get a feel for what life was like upstairs and downstairs when Wallington was a fully functioning family home

Hadrians Wall

A world Heritage site, Hardian’s Wall attracts visitors from across the globe who are keen to discover more about the rich and fascinating history of this Roman site. There are several historical sites along the wall and from the Boatside Inn, you can quickly be at the wonderfully laid out Chesters Roman Fort or the spectacular Vindolands site, where there are live digs each day and new artifacts being discovered and displayed each week.

Farne islands

The Northumberland coastline offers any number of activities and gives a whole new perspective on our wonderful region. The Farne Islands can be reached by boat throughout the year from the fishing village of Seahouses. Learn all about the seals and puffins who share these uninhabited islands and enjoy some fresh fish on the quayside


Further down the coast, park at Tynemouth village and make your way down the the gorgeous cove of King Edward’s Bay before a walk along Long Sands beach towards Cullercoats and Whitley Bay. There are plenty of local pubs and cafes along the way, so you won’t go hungry while breathing in the sea air


Only a few miles from the Boatside Inn is the picture postcard village of Corbridge. Boasting a Roman site full of history, Corbidge also has several boutique stores, coffee shops, country pubs and riverside walks. A must see place for anyone who wants to see a quintessentially British village

Newcastle upon Tyne

Not just a party city, Newcastle has so much to offer. Walk along the quayside and enjoy some art at the Baltic or visit many of the leading retail outlets in the city centre. Theatre, live music or stand-up comedy are all on offer throughout the week. A gorgeous city, full of welcoming, lively people

Fort Tours

Want to have a closer look at some of the Roman Forts and monuments across the region. Why not book a tour with Paul Tait, a local expert on historical sites. He will guide you through the history of several sites, give you an expert insight into the rich history of the region and bring history to life

Hexham Abbey

Hexham Abbey dominates the skyline as you approach the market town of Hexham. Located in the marketplace, you can visit one of the regular farmers markets and then head into the Abbey where you can simply take a quiet and leisurely walk around or take advantage of one of the guided tours of this fascinating Abbey, which is over 1,300 years old