In Northern England:
- 29th February 2004: Middlesbrough FC win the Football League Cup Final, beating Bolton 2-1
- 22nd October 2004: the National Railway Museum Shildon opened by Prime Minister Tony Blair
- 17th December 2004: official opening of the SAGE Gateshead.
- 2004: a refurbished Swan House, Newcastle, relaunched as 55 Degrees North
- 2004: completion of the new Heaton Manor School buildings.
- 2004: the landing for the Shields Ferry in North Shields was modernised.