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Probably the most vibrant metropolitan areas in northern England, Newcastle acquired another lease on existence within the mid-the nineteen nineties following a rebirth from the derelict downtown Quayside area. Spiffed up across the river banks with a number of trendy bars, restaurants and nightclubs, ready against an amazing backdrop of countless different, very eclectic bridges, the town comes with an unshakable stance that renders it almost unique on landmass Britain. Newcaslte is buzzing, eclectic, bohemian and traditional all the same. It is a region of thorough contrasts, a city of contrasts.
It maintains a combination of ancient and modern which brings site visitors back repeatedly. That old castle keep, dating in the eleventh century, still looms on the cityscape of classical Georgian architecture and huge thoroughfares for example Gray Street, capped through the soaring monument of the identical title.
The same city provides such cutting-edge structures because the mesmerising, spend-backed Sage Theatre, using its echoes of Bilbao's Guggenheim museum, and also the famous Baltic Arts Gallery, acclaimed because the very best in northern the nation. Nearby, the nation's first bio-technology "village" is visible in the astounding Center for Existence.
In the centre from it all may be the remarkable "Geordie" desire for football (Geordie to be the famous nickname for individuals out of this region). Premiership team Newcastle U . s . plays out their house fittings at St. James' Park, venerated nearly as a cathedral through the soccer mad local people. The neighborhood Newcastle Brown Ale is renowned but, alas, no more made here.The primary cruise season for Newcastle departures is commonly between May and September, with companies for example Fred. Olsen and Cruise & Maritime Voyages while using port regularly.
Where You are Docked
Cruise ships pier in the port of North Shields, some eight miles from Newcastle's city center. Taxis run back and forth from the town center, and there's an easy rail service known as the Metro that connects North Shields towards the city center. Best stops for alighting in Newcastle are Haymarket and also the Central Station. Please be aware that the Metro usually stops running at night time.
Newcastle-upon-Tyne the avenue for call is the greatest choices which are more rapid entry in to the North Ocean or even the Baltic. Visiting the heritage shoreline-renowned for its beautiful sandy beaches and sand dunes-from Newcastle-upon-Tyne cruise port is extremely convenient. The main harbour of Tyne can be found quite close to Newcastle-upon-Tyne and features its own Worldwide Passenger Terminal situated not far from the Newcastle Airport Terminal. In the summer time of 2007, Newcastle continues to be incorporated because the primary the avenue for call for that Norwegian and Fjords cruise ships of Thomson Cruise Companies. Typically of the season, Newcastle includes a temperate climate however; it's warmer than other areas situated at roughly exactly the same latitude because of the warming aftereffect of the Gulf Stream.
Making Your Way Around Newcastle doesn't have lack of taxis and native bus routes, and also the already pointed out Metro runs to just about every point within the city and surrounding areas in Sunderland. In the airport terminal, additionally, it incurs the Central Station, an outing duration of around 25 to half an hour. Unless of course you're remaining a couple of days on and on farther afield, leasing a vehicle is most likely a pointless expense. Large areas from the city center are traffic free, and many from it create a enjoyable stroll, especially across the refurbished Quayside. Be Careful For Pickpockets can generate problems along busy thoroughfares for example Clayton Street, Gray Street and also the Big Market. If utilizing a card to acquire cash from an ATM, make certain your flag is definitely shielded. It's also wise to browse the spectacular length of bridges within the River Tyne -- in the famous "coat hanger" bridge towards the modern Millennium, using its blinking "eye" -- in the patio from the Baltic Memorial. On the warm summer time day this can be a truly amazing vista.
Thi Tyne Bridges
Six bridges span the River Tyne, three of them famous internationally for the revolutionary approach to bridge building that they enshrined. The oldest is the High Level Bridge, a two-level steel structure almost 165 ft high and built to plans drawn up in 1849 by Robert Stephenson and opened by Queen Victoria.
The Swing Bridge, designed by Sir W. G. Armstrong and opened in 1876, stands on the same site as the "Pons Aelius" built by Roman legionaries. However, the bridge that most symbolizes the city's identity is the Tyne Bridge, begun in 1925 and officially opened by King George V in 1928 - at that time having the largest arch of any bridge in the world.Official site: www.bridgesonthetyne.co.uk/index.html
The Quayside district around the Tyne and High Level Bridges has been redeveloped and many of the old houses are now hotels, shops and restaurants. On Sandhill a number of historic buildings can be seen, including the Guildhall (1658) and the Merchants' Court. The lovingly restored Bessie Surtees House consists of two merchant's houses dating from the 16th and 17th centuries with a restored Jacobean facade.
A fascinating underground attraction is the Victoria Tunnel running beneath the city from the Town Moor down to the Tyne. Built in 1842 to transport coal from the colliery to riverside jetties, it's now open for guided tours (be sure to book in advance). If travelling with youngsters, visit Seven Stories, a center for original manuscripts and illustrations from some of Britain's best-loved children's authors. Another nearby attraction for kids is the Life Science Centre with its thrilling planetarium, live theatre and hands-on displays. Location: Quayside, Newcastle-upon-Tyne -- Official site: www.visitnewcastle.org.uk/newcastle_quayside.php
Castle Keep
North of Newcastle's High Level Bridge on St Nicholas Street, the Norman fortified tower bears testimony to the "New Castle" begun in 1080 and completed in 1172. The late Norman Chapel, the King's Chamber and the display of archaeological finds are of particular interest, while the tower offers excellent views of the city. The gatehouse, now separated from Castle Keep by the railroad line, is called the Black Gate and was built in 1247. Location: St Nicholas Street, Newcastle-upon-Tyne -- Official site: www.castlekeep-newcastle.org.uk
St Nicholas Cathedral
St Nicholas Cathedral was built in the 14th and 15th centuries and is not especially large, having only been elevated from the status of parish church to cathedral in 1882. Its lantern tower (almost 197 ft) was built in 1435, the first of four similar buildings in Britain, and is topped by the strikingly crenellated Scottish Crown. At night, the spire is floodlit to impressive effect.
Features of the interior include the canopied font and lectern (both dating from 1500), the organ (1676) and the numerous statues (15th to 20th centuries). Outside, the statue of Queen Victoria in St Nicholas Square was the work of Sir Alfred Gilbert (1900). Location: Mosley Street, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Official site: www.stnicholascathedral.co.uk
Chares (Old City)
To the east of the Tyne Bridge is one of the oldest parts of Newcastle, the Chares, with its narrow streets and stepped pathways. Of interest are the Custom House (1766) and Trinity House (1721).
All Saints Church, built in the neo-Classical style by David Stephenson in the 18th century, possesses some elaborate mahogany woodwork and probably the largest brass in England. The church, lying on the tomb of Roger Thomton (d. 1429) and his wife (d. 1411), is decorated with 92 figures.
Grey's Monument
At the north end of Grey Street is the 135 ft high Grey's Monument, a favorite meeting-place in the heart of the city. From the column's viewing platform (164 steps and only occasionally open) there's a superb view of the city. Built in 1835 in memory of the second Earl Grey, it commemorates his role as Prime Minister and architect of the 1832 Reform Bill. Grainger Street, which ends at Grey's Monument, is one of Newcastle's most attractive shopping streets. The thoroughfare is named after Richard Grainger, the architect behind the rebuilding of the city center in 1830. Location: Grey St, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Eldon Square Shopping Centre
An enormous shopping complex has developed around Eldon Square, comprising the shopping center of the same name, Eldon Gardens and the Central Arcade. The area has numerous passageways lined with shops, elegant arcades, exclusive designer boutiques, restaurants and cafés, as well as antique stores on Vine Lane. All are ideal for exploring.
A short distance to the west of Eldon Square is a Chinese district around Stowell Street, famous for its excellent restaurants. While there, visit Newcastle's old medieval city walls, now restored, as well as 13th century Blackfriars in Monk Street, which houses craft workshops and a restaurant. Location: Eldon Court, Percy St, Newcastle-upon-Tyne -- Official site: www.intu.co.uk/eldonsquare
Laing Art Gallery
The Laing Art Gallery was built in 1901 and contains an extensive collection of paintings and sculptures, including work by Gauguin, landscapes by John Martin and paintings by 20th century British artists like Stanley Spencer. It's also home to sculptures by Henry Moore and decorative arts from the 16th to 18th centuries, including silver, glassware and ceramics. The gallery also hosts a continuous program of temporary exhibitions and educational activities.
Another gallery of note is the Hatton Gallery at Newcastle University, which has works by European painters from the 14th to 18th centuries as well as paintings by modern English artists. A little north from the Laing Art Gallery is the Civic Centre, noteworthy for its chimes (based on local tunes) and its statue depicting the Tyne river-god. Finally, The Biscuit Factory (the UK's largest commercial art, craft and design gallery) is housed in a former Victorian warehouse and includes collections of contemporary fine art, sculpture and original prints. Location: New Bridge St, Newcastle-upon-Tyne -- Official site: www.twmuseums.org.uk/laing-art-gallery.html
Great North Museum: Hancock
Established in 1884, the Great North Museum is located in a splendidly restored original Victorian and houses excellent natural history and ethnology sections. Among the many exhibits are artifacts from ancient Egypt and Greece, the Romans and Hadrian's Wall, as well as a fully digital planetarium. For the kids, a fun interactive study zone, an "under fives" space and a garden are all available to explore. Location: Barras Bridge, Newcastle-upon-Tyne Official site: www.twmuseums.org.uk/great-north-museum.html
Discovery Museum
Among the many exhibits in the excellent Discovery Museum are machines ranging from traditional windmills and early steam engines to ultra-modern jet turbines. Also on show is the locomotive built by George Stephenson in 1830 for the coal mines of Killingworth and a model recreating the River Tyne in 1929. Various ship models include the first turbine-driven steamer in the world, Turbinia, designed by Charles Parsons and launched in 1914. Location: Blandford Square, Newcastle-upon-Tyne -- Official site: www.twmuseums.org.uk/discovery.html
Jesmond Dene
Jesmond Dene, a lovely dell in the northeast of Newcastle linked to Armstrong Park, is undoubtedly one of the most attractive city parks in England. A nature trail has been laid out in the park and takes visitors past the Old Mill, in operation since the mid-1700s. Near the entrance of the park is Millfield House, which provides a range of activities and information.
Also worth exploring is Gibside in Burnopfield, a forest garden considered one of the North's finest landscapes. Gibside also features a Palladian chapel, the Column of Liberty and walking paths. Another nearby National Trust property to visit is Derwentcote Steel Furnace, a fully operational 18th century steel-making furnace.Location: Red Walk, Jesmond Dene, Newcastle-upon-Tyne -- Official site: www.jesmonddene.org.uk
Segedunum Roman Fort, Baths and Museum
Segedunum Roman Fort, Baths and Museum combines the excavated remains of the fort with hands-on museum displays showing what life was like in Roman Britain. The Roman bathhouse is the only one of its kind in the country, and is a full-size reconstruction based on original remains discovered at Chesters Roman Fort in the central sector of Hadrian's Wall. Location: Buddle Street, Wallsend Official site: www.twmuseums.org.uk/segedunum-roman-fort.html
Gateshead is joined to Newcastle by seven bridges, including the Gateshead Millennium Bridge. The town is well known for its iconic architecture, which includes the spectacular Sage Gateshead, a center for musical education, performance and conferences; the Angel of the North, a huge steel sculpture of an angel designed by Antony Gormley that stands 66 ft tall with wings measuring 177 ft across; and the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art. Also of interest to art enthusiasts is the Shipley Art Gallery, featuring work of the old masters, contemporary crafts, silverware, glass and pieces of local history.
Jarrow is located just six miles east of Newcastle and is where the Venerable Bede - Britain's first historian - spent most of his life in the 7th century St Paul's Monastery. Jarrow Hall houses Bede's World, highlighting his teachings and writings as well as providing excellent insight into life in early Northumbria. Exhibits include rare animal breeds, crops, historic re-enactments, monastic site ruins and the 1,300-year-old church of St Paul. Location: Church Bank, Jarrow Official site: www.bedesworld.co.uk
Washington is located six miles southeast of Newcastle and is home to Arts Centre Washington featuring artist studios, an exhibition gallery and community theatre. Old Washington Hall is a 17th century English manor house built with sandstone and incorporates portions of a 12th century house once inhabited by George Washington's ancestors. Location: The Avenue, Washington Village, Washington -- Official site: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/washington-old-hall/
Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens
Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens are located near Ponteland and include 30 acres of beautiful parkland, a 14th century castle and the ruins of an old mansion. The Hall itself is a spectacular architectural masterpiece inspired by the temples of ancient Greece, while the castle ruins include lovely views from the tower. The Grade I listed heritage garden includes an impressive array of shrubs and flowers, a highlight being the unique Quarry Garden with its ravines, pinnacles and exotic plants. Location: Belsay, Nr Morpeth, Northumberland
Official site: www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/belsay-hall-castle-and-gardens/
Cherryburn is the farmhouse birthplace of Thomas Bewick (1753), widely recognized as Northumberland's greatest artist, wood engraver and naturalist. An exhibition on his life includes much of his art and wood engravings, and the property offers fantastic views over the Tyne Valley. Location: Station Bank, Mickley, Stocksfield, Northumberland Official site: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cherryburn/ngs to see
Don't Miss
Opened up through the Full in 2000, and presently hosting about 200,000 site visitors annually, the Center for Existence features numerous rotating displays along with a permanent display according to diverse facets of human existence, including being able to change and survive across a variety of conditions. The theater also hosts live science demos allied towards the primary exhibition theme of times, as the integral Newcastle Fertility Center is recognized among the world's leading centers for stem cell research. The center is situated alongside Central Station and frames a wide open square filled with coffee shops, bookstores, bars and restaurants.
Almost an ideal echo because of its famous cousin in Sydney Harbor, the Tyne Bridge continues to be perennial, determining landmark from the Newcastle skyline. It's best seen from lower around the Quayside. Initially commissioned in 1925, the 591-feet-lengthy bridge was inaugurated 3 years later by King George V. The 4 massive towers on each side from the bridge, constructed from Cornish granite, were initially meant for use as massive, five-storey warehouses. The elegant, curving arch from the bridge stands some 59 metres over the water, and it is covered in eco-friendly fresh paint. This really is both a traffic and pedestrian bridge, and also the sights from the primary span across the Quayside are merely stunning.
Sage Music Center stands over the River Tyne around the Gateshead side from the city. It opened up to considerable acclaim in 2004. This really is basically three structures morphed into one, and also the venue has five bars as well as an on-site brasserie. The glass spend-back façade was created by Norman Promote, and using curving glass in diminishing dimensions causes it to be a sensational visual statement. It frequently houses performances by artists as varied as Van Morrison and Herbie Hancock. The Sage is situated at St. Mary's Square, Gateshead.
Hancock Great North Museum may be the city's premier showcase for historic artefacts. It features a large planetarium with Brought shows from the heavens, in addition to a large-scale, interactive type of Hadrian's Wall because it initially made an appearance. The museum also features several animal and mammal shows, including an elephant and great whitened shark, in addition to a full-sized skeleton of the T-Rex.
Segedunum marks the eastern finish from the 73-mile-lengthy Roman Wall built right across England through the Emperor Hadrian like a defence against Scottish raiders. The display comprises the excavated fort, baths and museum complex which has now been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It features shows of Roman artefacts and re-enactments of military existence, which may be observed from the 35-metre-high viewing tower. Station Road, Wallsend, Tyne and Put on.
Gray Street is really a fabulous thoroughfare, lined by Georgian architecture that dates mainly in the 1830's. It runs from the bottom of the imposing Grey's Monument lower for the River Tyne. Lined by such opulent structures because the Theatre Royal, it had been chosen as "Best Street within the U.K." by audience of Radio Four in 2002. St. James' Park is  the beautiful whitened, cantilevered roof that may be seen from almost any place in the town.
The Quayside. This can be a busy waterfront promenade that stretches across both Newcastle and Gateshead banks from the River Tyne. The Newcastle side has numerous bars, shops and trendy bistros inside a fabulous setting spanned by a number of vaulting bridges, all overlooked through the legendary Tyne Bridge itself. Within eyesight and simple achieve would be the already pointed out Sage and also the famous Baltic Arts Center. Nights particularly discover the waterfront alive with baby strollers, street entertainers and mime artists. Should you hit in the right season, you may even visit a spectacular firework display presented through the mighty Tyne Bridge itself.
Hanging Out
The cruise terminal has only a few shops along with a café bar area, without any reliable Wi-Fi. The adjacent Royal Quays shopping outlet features a number of shops, plus cash point (ATM) facilities. This really is within easy walking distance from the terminal itself. There's plenty to complete in the port section of North Shields. Stroll the region round the quayside, or go to the nearby beach for any place of local style relaxation. It consists of a sedate, cloistered chapel dating in the thirteenth century and impressive sights in the pending battlements out within the beaches and also the North Ocean itself. An exhibit, titled "Existence within the Stronghold," highlights the Priory's role like a castle, chapel and artillery fort with the age range.
Local Experiences
Durham is really a fabulous small city, situated inside an hour of Newcastle, that features an incredible setting on the bend around the River Put on. The cityscape is centered through the massive, brooding Norman castle and cathedral, erected in 1072 as defences against marauding bands of Picts. Today the town has numerous winding, cobbled lanes Resulting in ancient squares filled with cool arts and craft shops, along with a broad, meandering river which makes for beautiful walks along either bank. The town also motorboats the 3rd earliest college within the United Kingdom plus some fine old timbered structures dating back the 15th century. The forest is traversed by a number of old stone bridges up-to-date in the same period, and also the city center is pedestrian only. All this makes Durham an excellent spot to stroll and savour. Go ahead and take train from Newcastle Central station and alight at Durham. Journey time by fast train is about 14 minutes (the Metro doesn't run so far as Durham). Alternatively, you are able to have a taxi. Please be aware that these
Alnwick is a few 35 minutes north of Newcastle by train, and has a splendid castle with sumptuously restored formal gardens. This is actually the residence from the Earl of Northumberland. The castle is much better recognized to many because the imaginary Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films. The location is near to the Northumberland coast and it has some fabulous beaches, although the winds could be harsh. There's even the Whitened Swan Hotel, which consists of a lot of the initial first-class wood panelling from RMS Olympic, the dual sister from the ill-fated Titanic. The 2 ships were basically identical, and also the restored artefacts within the hotel include large areas of the initial smoking room, filled with leaded glass home windows, and area of the original Grand Staircase as featured within the 1998 film. Go ahead and take train from Newcastle Central -- taxis works out quite costly unless of course shared. Again, the town Metro doesn't run to this point north.
Angel from the North is really a sight that may prove irresistible for art enthusiasts. Anthony Gormley's questionable vision opened up to mixed local reviews in 1998, but went onto transcend those to become nearly as great a Tyneside icon because the Tyne Bridge itself. It stands 20 metres tall on the hill outdoors the village of Low Fell, while its wingspan of 54 metres appears to embrace all who stand near it. Again, you are able to have a taxi but, as a substitute, you may get the Angel Bus from Eldon Square Mall, within the center of Newcastle. Operated by the neighborhood company Go North East, public transit amounts with this service are number 21 and 22. You just show up and purchase a ticket aboard.
Things to see
The breathtakingly regal Bamburgh Castle sits atop a bluff just over the North Ocean in Northumberland. This famous castle has featured in many movies through the years. The Gateshead Millenium Bridge that lately opened up on one for reds of River Tyne has already been extremely popular and it is also called the “blinking eye” mainly due to a distinctive mechanism it uses to spread out. Nowhere Reef Aquarium in the Grande Parade may be the only unique within the whole of Tyne and Put on. It features a quantity of loyal local site visitors and it has lately opened up a brand new exhibit of closes.
Best Option for Art Enthusiasts: Try the Jewel from the North tour towards the famous Bowes Museum, an imposing French-style chateau. It boasts among the biggest and many extensive collections of proper and ornamental arts anywhere. Across three flooring you will find functions by Goya and Canaletto, plus fine Sevres porcelain along with a truly amazing mechanical silver swan produced in 1773.
Best Option for Active Vacationers: The fabulous Alnwick Gardens is really a pastiche that mixes walking the cobblestone roads of old Alnwick, a famous medieval market town, with travelling the lately restored formal gardens, initially produced for that Duke of Northumberland within the 1750s. Looking over everything may be the famous castle, ironically also known today because the make believe Hogwarts, of Harry Potter fame.
Best Option for History Buffs: Unequalled may be the Historic Durham & Cathedral tour, that has the additional bonus of creating a short photo visit the stunning Angel from the North. However the primary crux may be the fascinating cathedral and Norman castle in ancient Durham itself, a global famous UNESCO World Heritage site.
Eating Out
A comparatively new restaurant in Osborne Road is El Castano. Step with the entrance and you'll be welcomed with a typical Spanish theme and delightful terracotta tiles. If you're a fan of Teppan Yaki restaurants by which chefs personally prepare dishes of your liking on the hotplate at the table, Fujiyama at 35-39 Bath Lane is perfect for you. It's a memorable experience to determine the chefs handle sharp knives with expertise and prepare foods at the front of the eyes.
Probably the most popular bars in the entire city center may be the Bacchus-a pub that was named the Tyneside Pub of the season 2009. It provides many ales and ales, and serves a menu with reasonably listed products around 13:00. If you're within the Haymarket or Gallowgate area, doesn't miss Soho-a lately opened up bar, which serves a wide selection of ales while offering great food.
Due to Newcastle's temperamental climate, local fare tends towards hot, wholesome and filling food. Try minced beef with mashed potato, bangers and mash, or seafood and chips (best loved with lashings of malt vinegar) to savor a regional treat. If around on the Sunday, try the standard Sunday roast, composed of either beef, lamb or pork offered with mashed potato, several kinds of vegetable and also the renowned Yorkshire Pudding. If near the Quayside, try the Pitcher and Piano to have an authentic Geordie pub lunch for example sausages and mash, or even the 5oz. steak ciabatta. Pitcher and Piano is situated directly on the waterfront opposite the Baltic, near the Millennium Bridge.
Local Pick: Pani's Café is great for noshing using the natives of Newcastle, having a varied menu running from hot toasties (toasted sandwiches with a number of teeth fillings) to some sit-lower lunch like the char-grilled lamb with whitened wine sauce and mint. The coffee shop offers inexpensive price points in an exceedingly homely setting to supply a pleasurable over-all experience.
Blackfriars Restaurant claims it is the earliest dining venue within the entire country, getting offered up food continuously since 1239. The initial building would be a hostel operated by monks, and it was once location of King Henry III. Occur a horseshoe-formed nest of structures, the highlight is really a beautiful medieval style open air courtyard utilized for pleasant al fresco dining throughout the summer.
Steel Wheels at 36 Saint Mary’s Place is well-noted for several reasons, one of these to be the election it caused by the brand new Musical Express because the best record shop in Newcastle. Do visit this shop as it features a huge and fascinating assortment of old and erased Compact disks. Northumberland Street is a vital shopping section of this city. This street used to be chosen probably the most costly shopping street to book within the Uk, outdoors based in London. Newcastle also houses other shopping malls, such as the conventional Grainger Market, substantially new-age Eldon Garden and Monument Hall Complexes, and also the Newgate Center. If you want shopping at high-finish stores, visit Ath-Leisure at 10 Northumberland Street, which is an expert in trendy top quality clothing and add-ons for that youth.

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