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
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Tyne and Wear Things to Do

  • Castle

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    Newcastle upon Tyne Things to Do

    If you’re anything like me, one of the first things you’ll want to see in Newcastle is the building that gives the city its name - so what can you expect? Well firstly, don’t expect a Bamburgh or Alnwick Castle because all that’s left is The Keep and Black Gate. Northumberland has any number of castles due to its proximity with the Scottish border,...

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  • Millennium Bridge

    Newcastle upon Tyne Things to Do

    I’ve already described the Millennium Bridge in another tip, so this will be one of my shortest reviews ever. http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/p/m/245b66/ All I need to say is that if the opportunity presents itself try and make the effort to visit the Millennium Bridge at night. The pictures tell it all really.

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  • Quayside

    Newcastle upon Tyne Things to Do

    The River Tyne has always been at the heart of Newcastle’s prosperity and a walk along The Quayside is a must for any visitor to the city. The Romans built the first bridge of any consequence across the river and their fort on the hill above it was named Pons Aelius, which literally means Aelian’s Bridge (Hadrian’s Bridge). Today, there are seven...

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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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  • 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

    England’s most northerly cathedral is easily recognisable by its Lantern Tower, which for some 500 years was a navigation point for vessels on the River Tyne. The Normans built the first church around the same time as their nearby castle, but a disastrous fire in the early 13th century meant that it was subsequently pulled down and re-built. What...

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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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  • Tyne bridges - all

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Bessie Surtee's House

    Newcastle upon Tyne Things to Do

    Sandhill, situated as it was, next to the riverside, would have been the hub of medieval Newcastle when Bessie Surtees’ House was built. There are several buildings of similar wooden construction along Sandhill but Bessie Surtees’ House is probably the best known. Built in the 17th century, it was originally two houses, named after the merchants...

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  • Earl Grey's Monument

    Newcastle upon Tyne Things to Do

    The focal point of Newcastle isn’t the castle, cathedral or even the quayside, but Grey’s Monument in the heart of the city centre. You can’t miss the 130 ft column dedicated to Earl Grey who was Prime Minister between 1830 and 1834. He was born in Northumberland and died in Northumberland and during his term in office he oversaw the...

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  • Tyne Bridge

    Newcastle upon Tyne Things to Do

    The Tyne Bridge is the iconic symbol of Newcastle even though it now has some competition from the Millennium Bridge. People often comment on the similarities between the Tyne Bridge and Sydney Harbour Bridge, and many people think that the Sydney Bridge was copied from the one over the Tyne. It’s true that the Tyne Bridge was built first, but the...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Segedunum

    Newcastle upon Tyne Things to Do

    If I say that Segedunum is situated in the Wallsend area of Newcastle it’ll help to explain what this place is all about. Situated at the eastern end of Hadrian’s Wall, Segedunum is - or was - a Roman fort, much like any other that was built along the wall. Most of what can be seen today has been excavated by archaeologists, so don’t expect to see...

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  • Swing Bridge

    Newcastle upon Tyne Things to Do

    I’ve always liked bridges for some reason and Newcastle has an abundance of them. The Tyne and Millennium Bridges are the most well known of course, but the Swing Bridge shouldn’t be overlooked either. There’s no real reason not to, because it’s almost next door to the Tyne Bridge. Where the Swing Bridge is today is more or less where the Romans...

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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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • Grey Street

    Newcastle upon Tyne Things to Do

    The image of Newcastle as a shipbuilding city with a party town atmosphere tends to hide the fact that it has some wonderful classical buildings, especially in the area known as Grainger Town. Richard Grainger was the man behind the area’s development in the first half of the 19th century, and one of his most notable achievements was 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Stoll Picture Theatre

    Newcastle upon Tyne Things to Do

    This is another distinctive and historic building. It was built in 1867 as the Tyne Theatre and Opera House in an Italianate style. As well as plays, it hosted Sunday lectures with speakers as diverse as Oscar Wilde and William Gladstone (at the end of his career, aged 82), while Sarah Bernhardt performed here on three occasions. Other famous...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Cardinal Hume Statue

    Newcastle upon Tyne Things to Do

    Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II unveiled the statue of Cardinal Basil Hume, which stands outside the church, during her Golden Jubilee year in 2002. Cardinal Basil Hume was the Archbishop of Westminster from 1976-1999. He was a popular leader of the Catholic Church in England. He was born in 1923 in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and he was a lifelong...

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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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  • Premier Inn South Shields

    2 Hobsons Way, South Shields, NE34 9PQ, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

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