The city of Durham is the county town of County Durham.
The region contains the urban centres of Tyneside, Wearside and Teesside, and is noted for the rich natural beauty of its coastline, Northumberland National Park, and the section of the Pennines that includes Teesdale and Weardale.
Its historic importance is very visible by Northumberland's ancient castles, the two World Heritage Sites of Durham Cathedral and Durham Castle, and Hadrian's Wall.
In fact Roman archaeology can be found widely across the region and a special exhibitions based around the Roman Fort of Segedunum at Wallsend in Newcastle. Peter's Church in Monkwearmouth, Sunderland and St.
Pauls in Jarrow also hold significant historical value and have a joint bid to become a World Heritage Site.
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From the Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site and coastal castles to spiritual priories, grand gardens and intriguing hidden gems, English Heritage in North East England offers many great places to visit for a day out.
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The North East is one of the nine regions of England that are classified at the first level of NUTS for statistical purposes.
It covers Northumberland, County Durham, Tyne and Wear, and the Tees Valley.
The region is home to three large conurbations: Teesside, Wearside, and Tyneside, the latter of which is the largest of the three and the eighth most populous conurbation in the United Kingdom.