Ideas for holidays, weekends and trips in Washington and its surroundings
Located in between three larger cities, Washington is a vibrant town which offers interesting sites and activities for your stay. The Washington ‘F' Museum pays tribute to the local coal-mining heritage. It features a winding engine, the machine which transported miners and coal to and from the pit starting in the late 18th century. The North East Aircraft Museum is also worth a visit. It has a collection of more than 30 aircraft, including fighter jets, helicopters and bombers. The museum also has engines, weapons and military vehicles, as well as exhibits on regional aviation history. The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust is another must-see. Located in James Steel Park, the reserve is home to many bird species, including Hawaiian Geese, Chilean Flamingos, Ringed Teal, White-faced Whistling Ducks and Black Swans. Visitors to the reserve are welcome to observe and feed these and many other species. There is a lake on the reserve, with dragonflies and amphibians, as well as a natural otter habitat, where two Asian short-clawed otters can be spotted. For cultural activities, visit the Washington Arts Centre, which has an art gallery and hosts musical and theatrical performances, as well as film screenings. The Campanile Washington - Newcastle-Upon-Tyne is perfectly placed for you to spend a relaxing and very enjoyable break.