Whitley Bay is the gateway to Northumberland, the least populated and most unspoilt English county. Spectacular hills and valleys are dotted with pretty villages on scenic, uncrowded roads. The coast is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with its wide sandy bays, castles and fishing harbours . Its rich wildlife ranges from the seal colony and the puffins on the Farne Islands to the wild goats roaming the Cheviot Hills.
In our region we have two World Heritage Sites – Hadrian’s Wall and Durham Castle and Cathedral. Both Durham Cathedral and Alnwick Castle, the ancestral home of the Duke of Northumberland, featured as major locations in the first two HARRY POTTER films - a fact which is of great interest to our students.
Lindisfarne and Tynemouth Priories recall the Golden Age of Northumbria when works by scholars like the Venerable Bede were read and admired across Europe.