Tyne and Wear Off The Beaten Path

  • Tynemouth Priory from the south
    Tynemouth Priory from the south
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  • City Centre seen from Byker
    City Centre seen from Byker
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  • Corner Tower
    Corner Tower
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Tyne and Wear Off The Beaten Path

  • Beamish Museum

    Newcastle upon Tyne Off The Beaten Path

    When I first heard the name of this museum I thought it was a museum about beer as Beamish is a popular stout in Ireland. However, this particular Beamish refers to the town near Newcastle and the Beamish Museum is a large open-air museum displaying how life was at the turn of the 20th century. It's a very popular place with locals and tourists...

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  • City Walls

    Newcastle upon Tyne Off The Beaten Path

    The North East’s most famous wall is of course that built by and named after the Roman Emperor Hadrian, which starts (or finishes!) here in Newcastle, at Wallsend. But Newcastle has its own wall too, which once circled the city – the medieval town wall. This was built during the 13th and 14th centuries, and was approximately 3 kilometres (2...

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  • Whitley Bay

    Newcastle upon Tyne Off The Beaten Path

    Whitley Bay is Newcastle's downmarket seaside suburb. During the 1980's, when Harry Enfield was funny, he created a character called Loadsmoney. He was based on an Essex plasterer who made his wads and liked to show it off in the most vulgar way possible. The character became a phenomenon, with football supporters waving bunches of fivers in the...

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  • Angel of the North, Gateshead

    Newcastle upon Tyne Off The Beaten Path

    The Angel of the North is probably the most famous outdoor sculpture in England. It was funded by National Lottery money and created by the Turner Prize winning sculptor, Antony Gormley. The steel sculpture was erected by the side of the A1, just south of Gateshead, in 1998. It is 20 m tall, has a wingspan of 54m and is the largest sculpture of an...

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  • Northumberland's coast and castles

    Newcastle upon Tyne Off The Beaten Path

    When we want to get a good dose of sea air, one of our favourite short trips is to Druridge Bay. It is far less developed and more wild than the seaside resorts closer to town, such as Whitley Bay or Tynemouth, but not too far for a short outing, though you’ll need a car to get here. The beach stretches for seven miles and is designated as a...

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  • Tynemouth

    Newcastle upon Tyne Off The Beaten Path

    Part castle, part religious site, Tynemouth Priory dominates the northern entrance to the River Tyne and makes a striking back-drop to Tynemouth’s beaches and small sailing harbour, the Haven. The first known building here was a 7th-century Anglian monastery, the burial place of Oswin, sainted King of Northumbria. It was destroyed by Danish...

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  • Durham

    Newcastle upon Tyne Off The Beaten Path

    Durham is one of the nicest cities in Britain and is an easy day trip from Newcastle. There are regular public transport links between the cities and the train in particular is very fast taking only 15 minutes. The view from the station once you arrive in Durham is spectacular as you look down on the cathedral and church. One of my best friends on...

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  • Bamburgh Castle

    Newcastle upon Tyne Off The Beaten Path

    Bamburgh Castle is a magnificent coastal castle completely restored in 1900. The castle displays a wonderful collection of china, porcelain, paintings, furniture, paintings as well as arms and armour. The castle is the private home of Lord Armstrong family. You can find it in Bamburgh in Northumberland. When you are driving towards Bamburgh you...

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  • Holy Island

    Newcastle upon Tyne Off The Beaten Path

    It is worth paying a visit to lindisfarne or holy island as it is also known their you can see the old monastry and sample the lindisfarne mead that is made on the island,It is of great historical and religious interest often missed as it is further north but not difficult to get to.

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  • Ouseburn

    Newcastle upon Tyne Off The Beaten Path

    Update August 2014: some photos replaced In recent years the development that first started around the central part of the Quayside has spread eastwards, and the area around where the smaller Ouseburn flows into the Tyne, in particular, has benefitted from regeneration. But we had never got round to visiting that part of the city until our most...

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  • Hadrian's Wall

    Newcastle upon Tyne Off The Beaten Path

    Hadrian's wall is the most important monument built by the Romans in Britain. It was ordered to be built by the emperor Hadrian in 122 A.D when he decided that the empire needed securing. When it was completed it was 73 miles long from Wallsend-on-Tyne in the East to Bowness-on-Solway in the West. Every mile along the wall were 'milecastle' gates...

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  • Hartlepool

    Newcastle upon Tyne Off The Beaten Path

    Visit the Trincomalee at the Historic Quay in Hartlepool.The Trincomalee is the last of Nelson's frigates. This sailing frigate was built of teak in 1817 in India. She sailed the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans. She is the oldest ship alfoat in the U.K. The ship has been restored but over 60% is still original. She was actually based at...

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  • Washington Wetland Centre

    Newcastle upon Tyne Off The Beaten Path

    The Wetland centre is several miles from Newcastle, four miles from the A1(M) and 1 mile from the A19. It is about 25 mins by bus from Newcastle. It is set on the banks of the River Wear and covers 45 hectares of land. It is part of the WWT (Wildfowl and wetlands Trust), a leading conservation organisation preserving wildlife and habitats. There is...

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  • Tyne bridges - all

    Newcastle upon Tyne Off The Beaten Path

    When you are on the viewing platform of BALTIC try to catch a good picture of the reflection of the bridges in the windows. I tried for quite a while and this is as good as it got. It looked much better in reality though!

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  • MetroCentre – Gateshead

    Newcastle upon Tyne Off The Beaten Path

    MetroCentre – Gateshead was once Europe's largest indoor shopping centre. Located just 3 miles south west of Newcastle. This place was amazing and I spent many hours on a couple of occasions here (trying not to get lost). The trains and bus serve it well. Take the Train to the Metro Centre. If travelling by car - Off A1 Western bypass.

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  • Newcastle Central Station

    Newcastle upon Tyne Off The Beaten Path

    Heading for the Left Luggage office, I was surprised by the strong scent of flowers. On a nearby table were laid arrangements and bunches of flowers. On a window sill were more flowers and a Memorial Service sheet. On 28th February 2001, a London-bound East Coast Main Line train, travelling from Newcastle, hit a Land Rover which had careered off...

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  • Byker Wall

    Newcastle upon Tyne Off The Beaten Path

    Byker is a suburb just to the east of the city centre. Like many of Newcastle’s outlying districts it was developed in Victorian times as housing for the working classes – tiny terraces in rows, with no bathrooms and little space or fresh air. By the middle of the 20th century they were little more than slums, and throughout the city a massive...

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  • Wildlife in the city

    Newcastle upon Tyne Off The Beaten Path

    Look up at the stone towers that support the great span of the Tyne Bridge and you'll spot the nests of the kittiwakes. This is the world's furthest inland breeding colony of these birds, who unlike other gulls haven't adapted to living off man's scraps but still live entirely on fish. Now that the River Tyne is clean again after many years of...

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  • Tyne Cyclist and Pedestrian Tunnels

    Newcastle upon Tyne Off The Beaten Path

    Anyone with a bit of time to kill and an interest in unusual structures would do well to visit this wonderfully eerie location. These tunnels link Howdon on the north bank of the river Tyne to Jarrow on the south bank. They were opened to the public in 1951, and were once used by thousands of shipyard workers daily. Today, the tunnels are lightly...

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  • Town Moor

    Newcastle upon Tyne Off The Beaten Path

    Just north of the city centre is the wide open space of the Town Moor, popular with dog walkers and kite flyers. Walking here you'll get a good dose of fresh air and sweeping views of the city to the south - look out for the landmarks of the Civic Centre and St James's Park football stadium. The Hoppings, said to be the largest travelling funfair...

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  • Bessie Surtees' House

    Newcastle upon Tyne Off The Beaten Path

    Bessie Surtees house is actually 2 houses of the 16th and 17th century which once belonged to merchants when this area was at it's most prosperous. The buildings are mainly unfurnished, but many original architectural features remain. Such as an impressive wooden staircase and some gorgeous (yes, Sourbugger did use that word) wood panelling and...

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  • Side Photographic Gallery (CURRENTLY...

    Newcastle upon Tyne Off The Beaten Path

    A small gallery which is always worth a look for its chaging exhibits of photographs. On our last visit the theme was 'Documenting the Tyne' although they don't always specialise in local topics. The rooms are small and full of character, linked by steep and creaking steps. They have an excellent selection of unique posters from past shows, plus...

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  • Swing Bridge

    Newcastle upon Tyne Off The Beaten Path

    The Swing Bridge is yet another elegant bridge crossing the Tyne (there are 7 in all) and it dates from the 19th century. Like the Millennium bridge, it crosses the Tyne at a low level, hence to allow ships through it must be rotated. As its name suggests, it does this by swinging 180 degrees allowing ships to pass on two sides. The Swing Bridge is...

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  • Museums at Newcastle University

    Newcastle upon Tyne Off The Beaten Path

    There are three museums in the grounds of Newcastle University which you can visit for free. The Hatton gallery is probably the best known of these though we decided to go see the Museum of Antiquities as, according to our guidebook, it had some exhibits on Hadrian‘s Wall. The description of the museum promised more than it delivered and we found...

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  • South Shields

    Newcastle upon Tyne Off The Beaten Path

    South Shields is an important seaport on the south bank of the Tyne, 9 miles from Newcastle-on-Tyne. South Shields was once an insignificant village consisting mainly of a few fisherman's huts and has now become a thriving seaport. The town has an important Roman site also dating back to the second century.

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  • Hexham

    Newcastle upon Tyne Off The Beaten Path

    Visit nearby Hexham, which is a lovely little market town. It was established in the 7th century around a church and monastery by St Wilfred. The Vikings raided it in 786. Then the Augustinians started building on the original church site in 1114 where they built Hexham Abbey. This still towers over the market square. There is also a 15 th century...

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  • Gateshead

    Newcastle upon Tyne Off The Beaten Path

    This is a place hidden from the standard, tourist routs in Newcastle. It is situated in a very quiet neighbourhood. Just on top of the hill on the Gateshead side of the river Tyne. From this spot you can enjoy the whole Newcastle panorama. I don't know of any similar place around. If you want to reach this place you have to get off at the Gateshead...

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  • North Shields

    Newcastle upon Tyne Off The Beaten Path

    North Shields is a working fishing port on the North East coast of England. The North East of England sits on the original line of Hadrian's Wall and the end of the ancient Roman Empire. From the 1800's to 2000 the area has displayed the highest growth and development.

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  • Morpeth

    Newcastle upon Tyne Off The Beaten Path

    If you’d like to spend a day outside the city but don’t want to travel too far, Morpeth could be a good choice. It’s a traditional Northumberland market town about 30 minutes drive north of Newcastle, and has plenty to keep you occupied for a day, or even several. The pretty River Wansbeck runs through the town, although the severe flooding of...

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