Tyne and Wear Things to Do

  • The Tyne Bridge
    The Tyne Bridge
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  • Gateshead Millenium Bridge
    Gateshead Millenium Bridge
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  • Tyne Bridge
    Tyne Bridge
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Tyne and Wear Things to Do

  • Castle

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    Newcastle upon Tyne Things to Do

    High up on the steep banks of the Tyne, the old castle keep still maintains a watch over the city's lifeblood. There's not much else left of the castle that gave the city its name, but the keep that guarded the bridge over the Tyne and blackgate still remain. From its vantage point high above the river, the keep gives great view of the Quayside...

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  • Millennium Bridge

    Newcastle upon Tyne Things to Do

    Arching up like a pair of whale bones, or the open mouth of a skeletal shark jaw, the Gateshead Millennium Bridge is a curious sight. It's reminiscent of the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, but it's probably more a reflection of the design of its older sibling - the famous Tyne Bridge. It is a gateway, though. When needed, the open curve of the bridge...

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  • BALTIC, Gateshead

    Newcastle upon Tyne Things to Do

    The Baltic isn't technically in Newcastle but in Gateshead; however it is just across the river and easily visited on foot (crossing the Millennium Bridge) or by public transport (Quaylink bus #1), so I make no apologies for including a tip on it here as well as on my new Gateshead page. This amazing gallery is housed in an old flour mill which...

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  • Angel of the North, Gateshead

    Newcastle upon Tyne Things to Do

    Whether you arrive in Newcastle or Gateshead by road or by rail, you'll be greeted as you approach the city by this amazing figure of an angel with outstretched arms, who appears to be watching over travellers. He welcomes visitors and home-coming Geordies – when we see the Angel on our regular trips to Newcastle we know we're nearly there. The...

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  • Quayside

    Newcastle upon Tyne Things to Do

    This imposing building on the Quayside, a short walk east of the Tyne Bridge, was built in 1766 after the original town walls which ran along this stretch of the river bank were demolished (in 1763). It replaced an earlier Customs shed that had stood at the point now occupied by the Tyne Bridge support pillars. It was further developed in 1833,...

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  • Chinatown and Stowell Street

    Newcastle upon Tyne Things to Do

    Newcastle’s small Chinatown is centred on Stowell Street, home to many Chinese restaurants and a few supermarkets. While small compared to those in other cities it is worth a visit to get a feel for a different aspect to the city, to see the imposing Chinese gate, and of course to eat. While there have been Chinese inhabitants in Newcastle for...

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  • Day trips to the coast

    Newcastle upon Tyne Things to Do

    jump on the metro and head to Tynemouth, there is so much history and scenic views to take in, as well as a abundance of pubs, cafes, restaurants etc. to suit everyone. Tynemouth is a village located at the mouth of the River Tyne on the North-East coast of England, 6 miles from the centre of the city of Newcastle upon Tyne. It has stunning...

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  • St Nicholas Cathedral

    Newcastle upon Tyne Things to Do

    In keeping with a city once dependent on its fishing, shipbuilding and access to the sea, Newcastle's cathedral is dedicated to St Nicholas, the patron saint of sailors and boats. But it protected sailors in more ways than in prayers, as its unusual lantern spire was used for centuries as a guiding beacon for ships coming up the river Tyne. The...

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  • Tyne bridges - all

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    Newcastle upon Tyne Things to Do

    I haven't come across anywhere else with such a concentration and variety of bridges. I think there are 7 within the space of 1km. You have 2 rail bridges. You have one rail and road. You have one which is pedestrian only. One of them swings (wow) and another tilts - all intentional, to allow river traffic to pass. One is modern and very, very...

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  • Earl Grey's Monument

    Newcastle upon Tyne Things to Do

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  • Tyne Bridge

    Newcastle upon Tyne Things to Do

    If there's one symbol of Newcastle, it has to be Tyne Bridge. It's recognizable to people all over Britain, even throughout the world. Its simple, strong girders possess a curve whose grace is surprising for a city born to industry. Today its great arch forms a partnership with a newer construction, the Millennium Bridge, lower down in Quayside.

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  • Bessie Surtee's House

    Newcastle upon Tyne Things to Do

    We must have walked past Bessie Surtee's House hundreds of times, but never thought to go in. Indeed, I don’t think either of us had ever realised that you could go in! But staying down on the Quayside on a recent visit we passed it several times, and spotted the notice: “Open Monday-Friday, 10.00 – 16.00. Admission free”. So we went in – and were...

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  • Day trips to Northumberland's coast and...

    Newcastle upon Tyne Things to Do

    Newcastle is a great place to use a centre for exploring the rest of the North of England. Just to the North is fantastic coastline with superb views. Don't miss Bamburgh Castle which is just to the North of Seahouses. It is perched right on a wide expanse of beautiful beach. Just down the road in Seahouses you can get a boat trip to the Farne...

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  • Sage Gateshead

    Newcastle upon Tyne Things to Do

    On the south bank of the Tyne, and part of the Gateshead redevelopment, is a stand-out building designed by the architects behind the reconstructed Reichstag in Berlin, and the Gherkin and Wembley Stadium in London. Its curves fit in perfectly with the two iconic bridges that flank it. The purpose of the building isn't simply to impress, though,...

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  • Football

    Newcastle upon Tyne Things to Do

    For anyone interested in football, a tour of St James’ Park is a great opportunity to go behind the scenes. We did this some years ago and got a real thrill from sitting on the bench, visiting the changing rooms and imagining all the great Geordie heroes who’d prepared for matches there over the years, and seeing the stadium from pitch level as...

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  • Street Art

    Newcastle upon Tyne Things to Do

    I spotted this stainless steel 'cone' from outside the Journal Tyne Theatre, the previous night, but it was too dark to capture a decent pic. Also there were skateboarders whizzing around it, being videoed (I saw a sign later, forbidding skateboarding etc in this area)! This Stainless Steel sculpture is by Eilis O'Connell, and is titled...

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  • St Mary's RC Cathedral

    Newcastle upon Tyne Things to Do

    CATHOLIC The church was designed by Augustus Welby Pugin, who also designed parts of the Houses of Parliament, and built by George Myers. Due to lack of money the tower and the steeple were added later. It was opened on the 21st August 1844 with the first priest being William Riddell. The church was completed in 1844 for the Catholic community of...

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  • Laing Art Gallery

    Newcastle upon Tyne Things to Do

    This is Newcastle’s city centre art gallery. It contains a mix of permanent exhibits, focusing on the 18th and 19th centuries, and temporary exhibitions. Although not large the gallery is worth a visit as the pictures are well displayed and there are several items of note in the permanent collections. These include a number of paintings by John...

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  • Metrocentre

    Newcastle upon Tyne Things to Do

    Newcastle i thought was one great place to shop! possibly the only place i did any shopping to speak of... its cheaper than most places i visited. I went to this place called the `Metrocentre' - huge shopping mall/ area with lots of malls... Its supposed to be Europe's largest shopping and leisure centre. Most of the major department stores and...

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  • Bigg Market

    Newcastle upon Tyne Things to Do

    The Bigg Market is somewhat notorious as a focus for night-time drinking in the city – surrounded by clubs and bars, from whose doors young people, almost always more than a little inebriated, spill out at regular intervals, these days (it seems) to be captured for TV audiences as a sign of the declining values of modern Britain. Always in the...

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  • Swing Bridge

    Newcastle upon Tyne Things to Do

    While many of the bridges that cross the Tyne do so at some height above the water, the Swing Bridge is much lower, and solves the challenge of allowing shipping to pass not by allowing it space, but by moving out of its way! The bridge stands on what was probably the site of the first bridge across the river in this area, the Roman Pons Aelius,...

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  • Blackfriars

    Newcastle upon Tyne Things to Do

    Tucked away behind the popular Gate entertainment complex is this lovely peaceful haven amid the bustle of the city. A grassy square dotted with traces of ruined buildings is surrounded on three sides by the remains of the Black Friars Monastery that gives it its name, and on the remaining side (where once the church stood) by more modern buildings...

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  • Centre for Life

    Newcastle upon Tyne Things to Do

    10th November - 24th February the outdoor ice rink returns to times square at the center for life in Newcastle. The ice rink is a decent size but does get quite busy. It stays open quite late (till 8pm Mon-Sat) which means that the cafe is open there too. We took advantage of this and got hot chocolate there before we went to the metro radio arena...

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  • Hancock Museum

    Newcastle upon Tyne Things to Do

    I have passed this museum hundreds of times, but until this month, never gone in. Perhaps that’s because its main appeal, it seems to me, is to children and families. Certainly on a cool August afternoon that was its main audience – the place was packed with family groups enjoying many of the very well-presented collections. These have an emphasis...

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  • City Centre Shopping - general

    Newcastle upon Tyne Things to Do

    Shopping in Newcastle is hard to avoid. Newcastle may have one of the smallest Cathedrals (as in religion) in the UK, but it has two massive Cathedrals of shopping - Eldon Square and the MetroCentre. If you can avoid these places, or you are not too worn out by them try Grainger Market and Central Arcade - both near to Monument station. The...

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  • Day trips - Hadrian's Wall

    Newcastle upon Tyne Things to Do

    Every visitor to this region cant leave without walking a few steps along Hadrians ( Roman ) wall, It stretches from Carlisle in Cumbria to Wallsend ...There is a Roman Fort in Wallsend called Segedunum however the best areas to visit are at Housesteads or Vindolanda which are well excavated areas of Roman Ruins. On the site of Vindolanda itself...

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  • Sightseeing suggestions

    Newcastle upon Tyne Things to Do

    I ended up living in Newcaslte for 9months and spent most of the time exploring the city and the region nearby. Heres everything i did with a comment for each, for the city and the region: -Durham - probably needs its own page but Durahm is an easy trip from Newcastle, just 15min drive or train. Its a beautiful city with its castle and cathedral...

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  • Segedunum

    Newcastle upon Tyne Things to Do

    Segedunum is a great Museum on Roman history in Newcastle and highly recommended if you travel with children. You can explore the house grounds of this fortress from a panarama tower in the museum. It is a sort of in-door and out-door Museum. Its Latin name was Pons Aelius and it used to be a fort and Roman settlement on the eastern end of...

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  • Town Walls

    Newcastle upon Tyne Things to Do

    The Town Walls in Newcastle was once defended by solid walls which ringed the town and throughout the city you will still see surviving towers and stretches of the 700 year old walls. You can view the remaining section of the wall behind Stowell Street.

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  • Haymarket

    Newcastle upon Tyne Things to Do

    Also known as The Response, this is one of the most impressive war memorials in the country. It was commissioned by a local couple, Sir George and Lady Renwick, and given to the city of Newcastle in 1923 to commemorate three events: the return of all five of their sons from the First World War; the raising of the Commercial Battalion of the...

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  • Grainger Town

    Newcastle upon Tyne Things to Do

    One of the most distinct areas of central Newcastle is Grainger Town, a brown stone neo-Classical pocket of 19th century England. It's a fine introduction to the city and a historical treasure - half of the buildings in Grainger Town are listed as being of special historical or architectural interest. The town is all the work of one man, a local...

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  • Day trips to Durham

    Newcastle upon Tyne Things to Do

    A side visit to the Cathedral (and castle) of Durham is an absolute must if you are staying in Newcastle for more than a couple of days. A full set of tip can be found on my Durham page at .... ....Sourbugger's salad days In the words of Bill Bryson : "If you have never been to Durham, go at once. Take my car. It's wonderful." ( Notes from a...

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  • Central Arcade

    Newcastle upon Tyne Things to Do

    The Central Arcade has frontages on Grainger Street, Grey Street and Market Street, all dating from c1840 designed for Richard Grainger, probably by John Wardle. This triple domed ediface fills its triangular site, each dome is crowned by a bunch of monstrous bronze feathers. After a devastating fire it was rebuilt in 1906 and the Central Arcade...

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  • Bus tours

    Newcastle upon Tyne Things to Do

    Take a journey around the city and enjoy the view from the top of an open top double-decker bus. Take a full tour round or hop off at conveniently located stops at your leisure with your 24 hour ticket. The cost is £8 for adults and £4 for children and buses have a pre-recorded audio track explaining places of interest.

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  • Lying-in Hospital

    Newcastle upon Tyne Things to Do

    I have often passed this attractive stone building when visiting the Laing Art Gallery, which it faces across a pedestrianised stretch of New Bridge Street. But I have only recently got around to investigating its history. It was built in 1826 (in sandstone ashlar with a slate roof) as an asylum for poor pregnant women, designed (free of charge)...

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  • Day trip to Gibside

    Newcastle upon Tyne Things to Do

    Gibside is a large woodland riverside garden owned by the National Trust and is about 6 miles south of Newcastle. It is an 18th century garden with some lovely woodland walks, passing some buildings of interest including a palladian chapel, a shell of an early Jacobean mansion, and a 130 foot column to liberty.

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  • Biscuit Factory

    Newcastle upon Tyne Things to Do

    No, I am not suggesting that you visit a place where biscuits are made, however much you may like them! This is an art, craft and design gallery housed in a former Victorian warehouse in an area of the city that is gradually being transformed from its industrial past and becoming increasingly arty, with a number of small studios nearby. The...

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  • Monument Mall

    Newcastle upon Tyne Things to Do

    Monument Mall is Newcastle's latest shopping centre, situated in the very middle of the City. Designed in Classical style to complement the superb architecture of Grey Street which it faces, this modern, light and airy mall has already become a popular addition to the City's shopping facilities. There is direct access from Monument Metro station...

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  • St Andrew's Church

    Newcastle upon Tyne Things to Do

    I spotted this church when I was visiting Newcastle. It is not far from St James’ park (home of Newcastle United) Greek Orthodox services are held here once a month. This is the oldest church in Newcastle. The church was built in the 12th century with additions carried out up to 1726. An earlier church dating back to Saxon times is believed to be...

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  • High Level Bridge

    Newcastle upon Tyne Things to Do

    The High Level Bridge is possibly not the most attractive of the bridges over the Tyne, but provides an angular, dramatic contrast to the curves of the Tyne and Millennium Bridges, and the views from a train crossing it can’t be beaten. It was designed by Robert Stephenson and built here between 1847 and 1849. It was the first major bow-string...

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  • Saltwell Park, Gateshead

    Newcastle upon Tyne Things to Do

    Saltwell Park is a couple of miles from the centre of Newcastle and won the award of Britain's best park in 2005. It is a good example of a Victorian park - encompassing acreas and includes a large lake with boats for hire, woodland gardens, rose garden, play areas and a pets corner with birds, rabbits and guinea pigs. The Park also has 11 listed...

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  • Discovery Museum

    Newcastle upon Tyne Things to Do

    The Discovery Museum is perhaps more popular with kids than with adults though there are a couple of exhibitions which adults will enjoy too. The People section had a display on punk music from the 70s with particular emphasis lesser known punk bands from the north east. We also enjoyed the Newcastle through the ages display which has a good...

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  • Day trip to Beamish

    Newcastle upon Tyne Things to Do

    Beamish Open Air Museum, is set in over 300 acres of beautiful countryside, vividly recreates life in the North of England in the early 1800s and 1900s. It shows the recent history of the region in a 'living' way and provides entertainment and education for visitors of all ages and interests. Very unique to the North East of England..you won't...

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  • Theatre Royal

    Newcastle upon Tyne Things to Do

    Theatre Royal Newcastle is one of the most famous theatre’s in the country and in its 170 year history has played host to the biggest names in dance, drama, music and comedy. Theatre Royal presents over 370 performances to around 310,000 people each and every year and is the regional home of the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre,...

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  • Cinema

    Newcastle upon Tyne Things to Do

    The GATE when I first saw it, I wasn't sure what it was. So I explorer. Inside it a wonderful mix of bars, clubs and restaurants. Kind of a up market outlet cinema complex in its own right. I was captivated by the contruction and the easy of access. It has info points for people wanting to know when the last train is and just to see it was...

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Tyne and Wear Hotels

  • Jesmond Dene House

    This nice little cozy B&B sits in the lovely residential neighborhood of Jesmond just north of the...

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  • Travelodge Sunderland

    Its cheap enough like all TravelLodge's. Excellent location above a popular bar called the Worm....

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  • Park Farm Hotel

    Banesley Lane, Ravensworth, Gateshead, NE11 0HS, United Kingdom

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    Good for: Couples

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