Newcastle-upon-Tyne, popularly called Newcastle, is both the cultural and economic capital of northeast England. Once a renowned shipbuilding city, Newcastle has been a favorite among young partiers for its incredible nightlife along with the multitude of restaurants serving delicious foods from around the globe. In addition to these amenities, the locals embody the resilience, pride, and industriousness of their city.
The River Tyne is spanned by six bridges, out of which three are internationally famous for their innovatory approach to construction. Inaugurated by Queen Victoria, the High Level Bridge is the oldest bridge towering at 165 feet. The next two most significant bridges include the Swing Bridge and the Tyne Bridge, opened in 1876 and 1925 respectively.
The Castle Keep
This medieval fortification, built of Norman stones, was completed in 1172. Get a beautiful panorama of Newcastle from the tower, while the archaeological finds, the King’s Chamber, and the Norman Chapel are of special interest.
Visit the Quayside district to explore the refurbished old houses, many of which are now converted to restaurants, shops, and hotels. The renovated Bessie Surtees House on Sandhill comprising two merchant’s house from the 16th-17th centuries attracts tourists from all over the world. The other nearby attractions include the Victoria Tunnel (popular for guided tours), the Centre for Life (a planetarium including live theatre with hands-on displays), and the Seven Stories.
Nature lovers will be enthralled by the beauty of this lovely dell, located to the northeastern part of Newcastle, linking Armstrong Park. A newly laid nature trail takes the visitors past an Old Mill, which has been functional since the 1700s. Explore the forest garden Gibside in Burnopfield along with its Column of Liberty and Palladian chapel.
Great North Museum: Hancock
Sight the numerous artifacts from ancient Greece, Rome, Egypt, as also the Hadrians Wall. Established in 1884, this museum houses a digital planetarium as well as ethnology and natural history sections.
Laing Art Gallery
Constructed in 1901, this art gallery features a wide assortment of sculptures and paintings including decorative arts of ceramics, glassware, and silver; paintings by British artists; John Martin’s landscapes; and works by Gauguin.
Eldon Square Shopping Centre
The enormous shopping complex at Eldon Square consists of the Central Arcade, Eldon Gardens, and the Eldon Square shopping centre, featuring numerous passageways with cafes, restaurants, designer boutiques, and elegant arcades, all worth visiting.