Newcastle upon Tyne (also known as Newcastle) is one of the largest cities in England located in Tyne and Wear. Situated north of the River Tyne it used to be known as the county town of Northumberland.
Newcastle upon Tyne is a true regional capital that clings to the north bank of the River Tyne that hosts seven city bridges. The most famous of these bridges is perhaps the great arched suspension bridge that carries the A1. The oldest of the bridges is the Robert Stephenson’s high combined road and rail bridge that was erected in 1849.
Between those two bridges is an elegant swing bridge that turns on a central pivot, built in 1876. All the other bridges are 20th century bridges, one carries the metro and over and underground railway system that first opened in 1980.
Running along both sides of the River Tyne is the Metro that connects Newcastle with various historic attractions and the sandy beaches at Whitley Bay and Tynemouth.
Shop till you drop!
Newcastle is a great place to shop, there are many shopping centres in the city centre that sell all the latest designer fashion. The biggest shopping centre is the Eldon Square Shopping Centre that has the largest Fenwick department store in the UK, a huge John Lewis store and Marks & Spencer. There are many transport links from around the town that all lead to the Eldon Square Shopping Centre. If you are after the latest in trends or just new gifts and ideas there is something to be found to match your taste at this centre.
Northumberland Street is the main street for shopping; it has in the past been ranked as the most expensive place for shops to rent their premises outside of London.
Nearby in Gateshead there is one of the largest indoor shopping centre in Europe, the Metro Centre.
BALTIC 39, a new cultural hub for contemporary art located on High Bridge in the heart of Newcastle upon Tyne. BALTIC 39 takes a focal point for contemporary art, a gallery space for artists, and injects the type of energetic and supportive community needed to turn the former Ward's printing warehouse into a truly modern project space. Giving artists the opportunity to train, create, exhibit, develop and experiment, all in a centre promoting artistic excellence, BALTIC 39 acts as a magnet to bring artists from across the globe together. Offering such a wide range of services to the artistic community leaves BALTIC 39 as an unparalleled asset in the region's rich cultural portfolio.
BALTIC 39, High Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE1 1EW
Tel: +44 0191 261 3830
Angel of the North
Since spreading its wings in February 1998, Antony Gormley's The Angel of the North has become one of the most talked about pieces of public art ever produced.
Rising 20 metres from the earth near the A1 in Gateshead, the Angel dominates the skyline, dwarfing all those who come to see it. Made from 200 tonnes of steel, it has a wingspan of 54 metres and a red-brown colour that comes from the weathering steel which can withstand winds of more than 100 miles per hour.
Getting up close and personal with the Angel is an experience you'll never forget!
Durham Road, Low Eighton, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, NE9 6AA
Tel: +44 0191 478 4222
Experience a real sense of your past at Beamish and discover what life was like in North East England in Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian times.
Beamish is a living, working museum, set in 300 acres of County Durham countryside. Costumed demonstrators bring to life the Edwardian Town and Pit Village, complete with original drift mine. At Home Farm and Pockerley Old Hall, experience first-hand how the Industrial revolution transformed agricultural life in the region.
A delicious taste of the past is on offer is their latest exhibit, the Bakery, which is getting ready to open its doors. Joseph Herron, Baker and Confectioner, will be officially launched on 12th September in our Edwardian Town.
The buildings you see at Beamish are not replicas, but have been reconstructed brick-by-brick to give visitors a real sense of history. You'll find a vast collection of objects, photographs and ephemera at the Regional Resource Centre, which can be accessed by appointment.
Throughout the year Beamish hosts an exciting programme of events, from a Georgian Fair to the Great North Steam Fair and much more besides, including spooky Halloween events and a whole season of Christmas!
Beamish, County Durham, DH9 0RG
Tel: +44 0191 370 4000
Laing Art Gallery
The Laing Art Gallery is home to an important collection of 18th and 19th century painting, which is shown alongside temporary exhibitions of historic and contemporary art.
New Bridge Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE1 8AG
Tel: +44 0191 278 1611 https://laingartgallery.org.uk/