Quality Hotel Boldon
Boldon Business Park, Witney W
Boldon, EN NE35 9PE
Phone: (44) 191 5191999
Fax: (44) 191 5196035
Medieval aura surrounds the Hylton Castle. This ancient site of heritage is located in the North Hylton region of Sunderland. This ruin of a once flourishing stone castle can be dated back to the 11th century. Associated with the Norman Conquest, the castle belonged to the Hylton family. Originally carved with timber, the castle was finally renovated into a stone structure. The castle sees many elements of Gothic and Classical styles of architecture.
Bede (AD673-735) was one of Europe's greatest scholars and the first person to record the history of the English nation. He lived and worked as a monk at Jarrow, just over the river from Newcastle. But don't think that Bede's World will be as dry as old books. It's a rich and varied exploration of the golden age of Northumbria which will keep you occupied for many hours. You can visit the 1300 year old St Paul's church and monastic site, Gyrwe, a working Anglo Saxon farm with its timber buildings and rare animal breeds, Jarrow Hall, a late Georgian house, and a museum that reveals the world in which Bede lived.
Known popularly as Ellison Hall, Hebburn Hall is a 17th-century structure. Located in Hebburn region of South Tyneside in Tune and Wear, the mansion has now been converted into residential flats. The entire site has an interesting history and the same is reflected in the architecture as well. Much of the original structure has been renovated to fit in the elements of modern architecture.
Cleadon is a charming suburban village in South Tyneside, North East England. The village is a major tourist hotspot due to the famous Cleadon Hills. There is lots to see at the interesting historic site such as the dilapidated Cleadon Windmill, a former water pumping station as well as the famous White Horse - a two meter (6.5 feet) tall and 3 meter (9.8 feet) long painted horse figure. Also popular with tourists are the several quaint little boutiques in town such as the Boutique Bijoux, Happy Organic with Bon Appetit Deli &Gifts is being a crowd favorite. The chic eatery cum gift sells lovely little mementos such as calendars, card made by local artists, candles, fragrances etc. The deli is also well-known for serving up some outstanding food - the tuna melt Panini, bacon and mayo filled jacket potato and sublime toffee cheesecake in particular.
Tyne Tunnel is located under the River Tyne region of north-east England. Originally, Tyne Tunnel was a group of two bi-lane toll tunnels located under Tyne. These tunnels were built back in the 20th century and one of them was renovated in 2011. In the beginning, talks of creating three tunnels were on. However many reasons, with the World War II being one of them, were responsible behind the delay.
Run by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, a wildlife charity that has centres throughout Britain, Washington Waterfowl Park is both a fun day out for all the family, and an opportunity to learn about conservation. As well as the formal ponds in which captive birds including some endangered species, can be seen at close quarters, there are over thirty acres of ponds, streams, grassland, and mature deciduous woodland, where wild birds, mammals and insects thrive in abundance. Hides are provided next to some ponds to enable quiet viewing of wild birds. There is a visitor centre with exhibitions, a souvenir shop, and a cafe.
Established in the year 2003, Academy of Light is a cutting-edge training center spread across an area of 89 hectares (220 acres). Academy of Light is a striking departure from Sunderland F.C.'s previous training venue, Charlie Hurley Centre. The new facility features a wide range of amenities including a swimming pool, hydrotherapy center, ultramodern medical facilities, an array of pitches and a wonderful restaurant.
The Old Hall is famous for its links to George Washington. The 17th-century manor house incorporates part of the 12th-century building which was the US president's ancestral home, although George Washington himself never lived there. The house and recreated Jacobean garden attract visitors throughout the summer season, but the annual Independence Day celebrations on 4th July are particularly popular. President Jimmy Carter once planted a cherry tree here, and although the guide book claims it is still there, the one you can see is actually a substitute for the original, which died soon after planting. The Old Hall and garden may be booked for weddings and other functions. Wheelchair access to the ground floor of the house, and partial access to the gardens.
At the Ropery, there are many interesting things to look forward to. The building is well-known as it was built in the 18th Century, when it was used for making machine-made ropes. With a glorious history, the venue has the 'Function Room' which is well-equipped for conferences and exhibitions. Then there is the 'Gastro Restaurant' where the DJ spins great music coupled with nice ambiance and food. Italian cuisine is at its best at the 'Italian Restaurant'. Also, for drinks and bar grub, there is the 'Riverside Bar' apt for the location by the River Wear.
Splash down at Wet 'n' Wild and you are guaranteed a fun time in the many slides and water flumes. This giant water park complex on the outskirts of the city is highly recommended for all the family. For those seeking thrills try the "Kamikaze" where you can experience a 20 meter vertical drop, or the 'Tsunami' which propels you along at breakneck speed. Or if you are after more sedate pleasures, there are many spas and quieter areas where you can drift along on calmer waters. With a restaurant on site, Wet'n'Wild makes a great day out, and one payment lets you use all the facilities all day.
Spread over 32 hectares (80 acres) in the suburban area of Sunderland, the Bishopwearmouth Cemetery is a historical local graveyard with a number of listed heritage structures such as gates, piers, chapel, lodges etc. Many noted local personalities are buried here such as industrialists, shipbuilders, politicians merchants and an Arctic explorer. A section of the cemetery is reserved for World War I and World War II servicemen whose graves are maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission while a quite a number of Jewish burials are also seen here. It is a peaceful and beautiful place with lovely flowerbeds, well manicured lawns and large, mature trees.
The St. Hilda's Church is found in the city of South Shields, and stands upon a site that dates back to the 7th Century. A chapel of St. Aidan is believed to have stood in its place around 647 C.E. The mounment underwent restoration and renovation in 1675 and 1753, before it was majorly rebuilt in the 19th Century. The new structure still incorporated the font of architect Robert Trollop, who was responsible for the restoration in 1675, and well as a gilt chandelier placed in the church in 1802. The church is renowned for William Wouldhave's model of a lifeboat that is found suspended from its ceiling.