UK Travel: Famous people of the North East- a touring guide*

There are many people who we associate with the North East of England. Join premium hotel group The Cairn Group as they look at a selection of famous people from the North East and find out why they are so well known- and where you can head to see top spots associated with them.


1. Sir Bobby Charlton- Famous for being a part of the England football squad who won the 1966 World Cup. He was also part of the Manchester United football squad that won three Football League First Division titles as well as the 1966 Ballon d’Or winner. He also carries the achievement of most career goals for both England (49 goals) and Manchester United (249 goals) at the time of his retirement.

Whilst you would need to travel to Old Trafford in Manchester to find a statue of Sir Bobby Charlton (where he stands alongside former teammates George Best and Denis Law) he was born in Ashington- one of the largest towns in Northumberland. Football fans visiting the town should be sure to head along to the football pitch on Woodhorn Lane to see some grassroots football courtesy of Ebac Northern League Division One club Ashington Football Club (Ashington Community Football Club, Woodhorn Lane, Ashington, Northumberland, NE63 9FW or visit for further information).

This one might be worth bearing in mind for Father’s Day if your Dad is a fan!

Bryan Robson- Famous for being part of the Part of the Manchester United squad that won three FA Cups and a UEFA Cup, he also guided Middlesbrough to two promotions to the FA Premier League as well as three cup finals during his stint as manager at the North-East club.

Bryan Robson was born in Chester-le-Street although it was at Middlesbrough, in the North East where Robson achieved some of his greatest feats during his career. Therefore football fans are encouraged to head along to The Riverside Stadium to witness some thrilling Premier League action (The Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough, TS3 6RS or visit

3. Rowan Atkinson- Most of us know Rowan Atkinson for his roles in Blackadder and Mr Bean although his movie credentials extend to Johnny English and The Lion King. He was also the winner of the 1982 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Comedy Performance in the 1981 season.

Rowan Atkinson grew up on a farm that his father owned in Consett, County Durham. However for an exceptional glimpse into the actor’s early life you should visit the Cathedral Chorister School— it forms a part of Durham Cathedral and was also the place where former Prime Minister Tony Blair studied (The Chorister School, The College, Durham, DH1 3EL or for details.

4. Robson Green- I’m fairly sure that most Mum’s of a certain generation had a soft spot for Mr Green, an actor who is most famous for his roles in TV series Soldier Soldier, Wire in the Blood and Grantchester. He was also part of musical duo Robson and Jerome where they were crowned winners of the Top Single & Album award at the 1996 Music Week Awards for Unchained Melody/White Cliffs of Dover.

Robson was born in the Northumberland market town of Hexham and raised in the North Tyneside small mining village of Dudley.He took his first steps down his acting career route by training at the Live Theatre in Newcastle upon Tyne (Live Theatre, Broad Chare, Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3DQ or visit

5. Steve Cram- The track and field athlete has achieved numerous triumphs over his career with some highlights being a silver medal in the 1984 Olympics and several gold medals at the 1982 and 1986 Commonwealth Games (to name just a few).

Steve Cram started his athletics career with Jarrow & Hebburn AC when he was just 12 years old. The club is still going strong today with their athletes, as well as others from across the North East regularly competing at Monkton Stadium (Monkton Stadium, Dene Terrace, Jarrow, Tyne & Wear, NE32 5NJ or visit

If you’re ready to start your star-studded tour of the North East then The Cairn Group has a selection of fantastic hotels in Jesmond that will put you in the heart of the action. Definitely worth bearing in mind as Mother’s Day, and then Father’s Day approach.


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