Let’s be honest; it’s easy to access a casino nowadays. You could just load up your phone and boom; you can connect to thousands of online gambling websites. But there’s a problem: you remove the social aspect of gambling. Of course, there are live dealer games – but you are still not sharing the authentic thrill with real gamblers.

There is something charming about having a flutter at a real brick and mortar casino or racetrack. And nothing beats the thrill of celebrating a win with a load of your mates. In this article, we are going to show you five top places that you can still have a good gambling time in the North East of England. 

Hexham Racecourse

Horse racing is a classic British betting activity. And there’s no better place to have a punt then at Hexham Racecourse. The track boasts beautiful views, some of the best in the country. There’s friendly staff, plentiful bars – and a quality restaurant too. An excellent day out.

Grosvenor Casino Sunderland

Grosvenor is one of the biggest online casinos in the UK. They also have the biggest land-based presence with facilities across the country. But there’s something special about their Sunderland branch. Members love it, praising the courteous staff, the delicious food and the chance to win big. We also recommend trying the cocktails, especially the mouth watering Raspberry Mojito.

The Gate

Newcastle’s one stop shop for entertainment; The Gate is loaded with restaurants, bars and pubs. There’s even a cinema to stay up to date with the latest blockbusters. Once you have had your fill of food and drink, head upstairs to the free to enter casino for some slots or roulette games. It’s a perfect way to end your evening, especially if you score a lucky win.

Sunderland Greyhound Stadium

Greyhound racing is another British favourite. And the Sunderland Greyhound Stadium is a laugh with some friends in tow. The prices are great, the service is always praised and the views from the restaurant are sublime. And there’s plenty of bars to quench your thirst. After all, cheering on your greyhound can be dehydrating work…

Aspers Casino

Here we are back at Newcastle, the Vegas of the North East. And this time, we are looking at another quality casino. Aspers is universally praised for friendly staff and the tasty grub at Freya’s Restaurant. If it’s your birthday, make sure you let the staff know. There’s bound to be a courtesy drink and free bet in it for you!