Family days out in the North East

If you fancy a day out with the family, there are some great places to visit, many of which are FREE! We have listed some of the most popular attractions that the North East has to offer the whole family.

Our popular Buzzfare Family Day Ticket can be bought on the day from the driver or via the Go North East app on your mobile.

Save 25% at Beamish Museum

Travelling to Beamish Museum by bus is easy, with services 8, 28, 28A and 128 all serving the Museum. You can also save 25% on the standard admission price by showing your bus ticket or key smartcard at the admission desk.

Beamish travel guide

Save money at Blue Reef Aquarium

Catch our Coaster 1 service to Tynemouth Seafront and enjoy close encounters with incredible creatures from around the world at Blue Reef Aquarium. Simply show your key smartcard and save £2 on the standard admission price.

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Angel of the North

Looking over the North East since 1998, the sculpture is made from 200 tonnes of steel, with a wingspan of 54 metres and is the height of 4 double deckers! Visit the landmark by hopping on one of our Angel 21 buses, which run up to every 7 minutes.

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Red Kite Trail

A circular walking route through the scenic lower Derwent Valley in Gateshead and County Durham with opportunities to see magnificent red kites - and getting there is easy on our very own Red Kite buses, running between Consett and Newcastle.

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More family days out...

  • Life Science Centre

    Take advantage of our great Life Science Centre offer! One free child admission (to the Science Centre only) with every full paying adult when you show your key smartcard or bus ticket (from the same day) at Science Centre reception.

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  • Diggerland

    Save 25% on the full admission price when you show your key smartcard at Diggerland Durham reception, along with the voucher below. Valid for a maximum of 4 people per voucher.

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  • Ocean Beach Pleasure Park, South Shields

    Get £25 worth of ride tickets for only £15 when you show your key smartcard at the Pleasure Park.

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  • Great North Hancock Museum

    Highlights include a life-size T-Rex dinosaur skeleton, a large-scale interactive model of Hadrian's Wall and much more! Entry is free and there are plenty of buses which will take you to the heart of Newcastle.

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  • Durham City for Shopping and Durham Cathedral

    Sitting on the River Wear, the City of Durham has a lot to offer to while away time. There's a lot to see and do, so make sure you arrive early to explore this great City!

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  • Metrocentre

    With a state of the art cinema, plenty of shops and restaurants, as well as children's shows from the Metrognomes, there really is something for everyone at Metrocentre.

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  • Saltwell Park

    Facilities include ornamental and woodland gardens, a boating lake, bowling greens, play areas, a maze, educational centre and of course the stunning Saltwell Towers. Our Saltwell Park services 53 and 54 will take you straight there.

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  • Penshaw Monument and Herrington Country Park

    Take in the sights of Penshaw Monument and visit Herrington Country Park. The park has a host of walks, trails and sculptures for you to explore, as well as a children's playground designed around the local myth of the Lambton Worm.

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  • Bill Quay Farm

    Take the kids to Bill Quay Farm - entry is FREE and our Crusader 27 service stops nearby.

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  • Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

    You'll be amazed by the vast collection of items as we look back into Sunderland's past at the Sunderland Museum and you can also enjoy a fantastic and diverse array of botanical plants and trees at the Winter Gardens. Admission is free.

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  • Chester-le-Street Riverside Park

    With relaxing gardens, delightful riverside walks, play area and outdoor paddling pool, there's plenty to keep you entertained. Services 36 and 78 stop right beside the park, so it's really easy to get to!

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  • AMF Bowling, Washington Galleries

    Get 50% off standard bowling when you show your key smartcard (valid Sunday 6pm until Friday 6pm, but not during School Holidays or on Bank Holidays and subject to lane availability).

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Save money with key benefits

The key smartcard is already the smarter way to travel, saving you money and giving you the best value tickets on our buses. Now it's about to get even better with key benefits, as we are teaming up with local companies to give you exclusive discounts.