A LEADING travel guide will today proclaim what we all knew already — that the North-East is one of the world’s “must-see” destinations. The region is one of only 30 places around the world to make it into the “Go-List” section of the new edition of Lonely Planet’s Bluelist 2008.
And this year’s edition heaps praise on the North-East, describing it as “the most exciting, beautiful and friendly region in the whole of England”.
It highlights the region’s rejuvenated cities, fascinating history and Northumberland’s dramatic wilderness as the main attractions.
The guide goes on to say: “If your image of North-East England is of coal mines and bad weather, then it’s time you forgot your preconceived ideas and discovered the most exciting and friendly area in the whole of England. Stretching from the River Tees to the Scottish Border, the North-East sees nine million visitors annually, with overseas numbers rising by 30% in the last seven years.” The guide singled out a number of hotspots in the region, lauding Berwick for its exciting history, the beauty and tranquility of Kielder, the grandeur of Durham Castle and the excitement of the annual Great North Run. But it’s not just the major attractions and events which are featured – quirky events including the Tynedale Beer Festival in Corbridge were also included.
Lonely Planet’s accolade for the North-East is featured in a chapter dedicated to highlighting the up-and-coming destinations in the influential guide.
Lonely Planet spokesman Tom Hall said: “The authors and staff at Lonely Planet got together to discuss which places they have really enjoyed going to and North-East England is a place which really, really stood out.
“It’s got such diverse attractions, from interesting cities such as Newcastle and Sunderland, one of the most fantastic coastlines in the world and, if you’re after wilderness, the Northumberland hills can’t be beaten.”