Newcastle upon Tyne – or ‘Newcastle’ as it is most commonly referred to – is one of the most iconic cities situated in the North East of England, famous for its industrial heritage, eponymous brown ale, popular nightlife as well as distinct regional ‘Geordie’ dialect. The city history dates back about 2,000 year (since AD120) when the Romans built the first bridge to cross the River Tyne. This city is originally known as its Roman name Pons Aelius during the period that under the control of Romans – the Saxons and the Danes amongst others, the name Newcastle has been used since the Norman conquest of England.
Newcastle and Gateshead are such diverse places to visit that you’ll never find yourself short of things to do in the North East. With so much to see, it’s easy to see why it was voted favourite UK city by the Guardian and Observer Travel Awards. With its unique culture, modern attractions and countless historic sights, both Newcastle and Gateshead have a number of must-see attractions for first time tourists or seasoned residents alike.
It wouldn’t be a visit to Newcastle without catching a glimpse of the castle to which Newcastle owes its name. Newcastle Castle and Keep dates back to 1178 and is one of the finest examples of Norman stone in Britain. Originally, the site was occupied by a Roman fort and settlement known as Pons Aelius.
The ‘New’ stone Castle Keep we see today was built in the early 12th century by William II with the black gate later added. Many city tours will take you to the Keep and allow you access to its turrets where you can admire views across the city. There’s also a wide-ranging event programme to suit all ages which includes everything from guided visits, re-enactments and exhibitions to film screenings, theatre performances and murder mystery plays.
Great North Museum: Hancock, previously known as the Hancock Museum, was established in 1884 and is Newcastle’s museum of natural history. Featuring pieces from Newcastle University’s Museum of Antiquities, the Shefton Museum and the Hatton Gallery, the Great North Museum boasts key exhibits such as a replica model of Hadrian’s Wall, a collection of plants and animals, artifacts of the Ancient Greeks and even an Ancient Egyptian mummy.
When many people think of NewcastleGateshead, one of the sights that springs to mind is the iconic Angel Of The North. Standing at 20 metres high and 54 metres wide, this striking work of public art by Sir Antony Gormley was completed in 1998 on the hill in Birtley to overlook the scenic Gateshead landscape. Constructed in Hartlepool using weather-resistant steel, the statue is admired by over 150,000 visitors a year and is said to signify the transition from an industrial to an information age.
The Angel has long dominated the Gateshead skyline and has over time become an awe-inspiring symbol of North East pride and culture. Stand at its feet and admire the surrounding views of Gateshead, or be sure to get a snap of yourself with this legendary Northern giant.
It’s hard to miss Sage Gateshead when walking along the Quayside as this unique building dominates the Gateshead skyline. Opened in 2004, this music venue has been named as one of the top five concert halls on the planet and showcases music and performances of almost every genre; from world-renowned classical and jazz artists to indie and folk acts.
The curved glass and stainless steel design is fantastic to look at from a distance, but inside you will find three performance spaces which are built and modified to improve the acoustics of whatever music is playing.
Beamish, the North of England Open Air Museum is an open-air museum located at Beamish, near the town of Stanley, County Durham, England. The museum’s guiding principle is to preserve an example of everyday life in urban and rural North East England at the climax of industrialisation in the early 20th century. Much of the restoration and interpretation is specific to the late Victorian and Edwardian eras, together with portions of countryside under the influence of industrial revolution in 1825. On its 350 acres (140 ha) estate it utilises a mixture of translocated, original and replica buildings; a huge collection of artifacts, working vehicles and equipment; as well as livestock and costumed interpreters.
NUFC is an English professional association football clubbased in Newcastle upon Tyne, which currently plays in the Premier League, thetop tier of English football. It was founded in 1892 by the merger of theNewcastle East End and Newcastle West End, and has played at its current homeground, St James’ Park, ever since. The ground was developed into an all-seaterstadium in the mid-1990s and now has a capacity of 52,353. They have won fourLeague Championship titles, six FA Cups and a Charity Shield, as well as the1969 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup and the 2006 UEFA Intertoto Cup.