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Sundays need not be boring as North England has plenty of fun things to do to make your day exciting. From exploring the great outdoors to spending time with family and friends, there's something for everyone. Keep reading for our top picks!

1. Brockhole on Windermere

Set in the majestic Lake District, Brockhole House and Gardens is the perfect spot for an active and adventurous Sunday outing. This outdoor adventure haven is the perfect place to try your hand at kayaking or paddleboarding, or just have a dip in the lake. What’s more, you can hire a rowing or motor boat for a more relaxing way to enjoy the stunning scenery. There is so much to discover at Brockhole that the only issue will be trying to squeeze it all into your day. With a huge array of activities including mini-golf, zip-lining, archery, and laser clay. When you're worn out from all that fun you can rest and relax at the Gaddum restaurant on-site. So, if you’re feeling adventurous or like getting outdoors then Brockhole is a great choice.

2. Darlington Steam Train

Head of Steam - Darlington Railway Museum is located in North Road Station on the 1825 route of the world's first steam-worked public railway. Imagine stepping back to Victorian times, when this was a bustling little town that became known for its role with railroads across England and beyond! You can explore the original 1840’s station, (where time has stood still since) through exhibits about what life would have been like here in Victorian times. From the booking office with its stunning surroundings (including platforms!) down onto platform number 5 which remains intact even today. The Darlington Railway Museum makes for a really interesting and unique day out and is definitely not to be missed when you’re in the area.

3. Explore Hadrian's Wall

Hadrian's Wall is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most popular tourist attractions in North England, and it’s easy to see why. This impressive wall was built by the Roman Emperor Hadrian as a defensive fortification against barbarian invasions from the north. This is why the wall runs 84-miles from coast to coast across the country. Today, Hadrian’s Wall remains an important piece of English history and a fantastic hiking trail. There are plenty of stunning photo opportunities along the way, with varied landscapes to discover including coastal expanses and lush rolling meadows which make perfect picnic spots. So, what are you waiting for? Grab your camera and walking boots and head to Hadrian’s Wall Country.

4. Visit Alnwick Castle

Alnwick Castle is a stunning medieval castle that has been featured in several films and TV shows, including Harry Potter and Downton Abbey. You can explore the castle in an expert guided tour, and also discover the impressive ancient grounds, stroll through the beautifully manicured gardens, and even take part in falconry demonstrations! With so much to see and do, Alnwick Castle is a must-visit for any fan of history, film, or just a great day out.

5. Chester Zoo

Chester Zoo is one of the UK's top tourist attractions, and it's easy to see why. With over 11,000 animals to see, there's something for everyone. The zoo is split into different areas, each with its own unique character. From the African Savannah to the Tropical House, there's a whole world to explore. And if you're lucky, you might even spot a cheeky monkey stealing food from one of the restaurants! Chester Zoo is a great day out for all the family. With so much to see and do, it's sure to keep everyone entertained.


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There are plenty of things to do on a Sunday in North England. Whether you're looking for a leisurely stroll through the countryside or an action-packed day of exploring historical sites, you're sure to find something to suit you. What’s more, all of our suggestions are accessible via our network. So get out there and enjoy all that North England has to offer!

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