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by the sea side
Located on 3 miles from the centre of sunderland, this quiet resort is ideal for those wanting to escape city life for a more laid back pace.
Just north of Sunderland City Centre is Seaburn beach that provide a wonderful seaside playground for adults and children alike.
The wide stretch of golden sand at Seaburn and its green, traffic-free promenade are used throughout the year as both a place of play and a place of relaxation.
The award winning beach and its nearby parks also play host to a number of Sunderland's annual outdoor events, from the thrill of the annual international air- show, to the world music, art and theatre of the Waterfront Weekend.
The blue flag beach is ideal for building sand castles with small children, whilst older children will enjoy the rides and games at the funfair located on the front near Morrison’s supermarket.
Original starting point for Hadrian's Wall.Built by Henry II in 1168-1178 on the site of the 'New Castle', built in 1080 by Robert Curthose the building from which the city takes its name overlies Roman fortification of Pons Aelius. There is a small museum within the keep and the roof offers spectacular views of NewcastleGateshead.
When it comes to shopping then it dosent get any better or bigger than this. Metrocentre is the largest shopping and entertainment centre in europe. There are 330 shops to choose from that’s 100 more than Manchester’s trafford centre.
The complex al houses a 20 lane bowling alley, 11 multi screen cinema and Quasar, a state of the art laser game. When it comes to eating well you have a choice of some 50 restaruants.
The location is just three miles from the city centre is reached by via road along A1 (M) to Gateshead. Parking availble for upto 10,000 cars.
Arrive by rail on one the 98 trains that stop at the dedecated station. Trains arrive from Newcastle, Durham, Teesside and Sunderland.
Shop from 10am - 9pm weekdays, or from 9am - 7pm Saturdays and 11am - 5pm on Sundays.
One too many bridges too Far???
As the city of Newcastle to the north and gatehead to the south of the Tyne river it was important to trade to create a bridge across the river. There are now a total of 21 bridges.
Here are selection of the most famous ones
TYNE BRIDGE v SYDNEY HARBOUR BRIDGE - WHICH CAME FIRST?*
It is a Myth that the Tyne Bridge was the model for the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
It is true that the Tyne bridge opened for traffic first in 1928, whilst the Sydney bridge took a further 4 years to complete, however the plans where submitted in Australia some 9 months ahead of the British bridge.
Take a walk over the bridge to cross from Newcastle to Gateshead or vice versa, or take picture from the Millennium Bridge.
Opened: Monday 17th September 2001. Official opening by Queen Elizabeth II on Tuesday 7th May 2002.
The 600 tonne structure is designed to open and close like a giant eye lid allowing ships to pass through safely.
It is designed for pedestrian and cyclist traffic.
Swing Bridge Traffic: Opened: 15 June 1876 (no ceremony). Water level
The bridge is designed to rotate opening the channel for vessels to pass.
High Level Bridge Traffic:* Rail (upper deck) Road (lower deck) Designed Robert Stephenson and T.E. Harrison. Construction: Began 1 Oct 1846, completed June 1849 Headroom: 85ft (25.92m) above high water level Opened: 28 Sep 1849 by Queen Victoria. Trains first crossed 15 Aug 1849 - no ceremony. Road traffic first crossed 4 Feb 1850. Road deck strengthened 1922 to take trams.
Bridge is closed until 2008 for major strengthening work.
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WHAT TO SEE
BALTIC is a major international centre for contemporary art on the south bank of the River Tyne, and is one of the biggest contemporary art spaces in Europe.
A former 1950s grain warehouse, the interior has been transformed into a series of stunning art spaces. With a bookshop, bars and cafes, including a roof-top restaurant, BALTIC is a good place to capture the excitement of the area.
(My tip is to visit the roof top restaurant or great views of the Tyne)
THE SAGE Gateshead is not simplyjust a extraordinary architectural wonder on the Tyne. It is a fantastic experience for everybody and anybody into music, and is open for 14 hours a day 7 days a week.
This is a truly interactive experience.
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