Newcastle upon Tyne is located on the northern bank of the Tyne in the north-east of England which lies in the county of Tyne and Wear. With a history that stretches back to Roman times, Newcastle retains its medieval layout with narrow alleyways or 'chares', and stone stairs that rise up from the quayside to the town. The Castle Keep is a well-preserved relic from the past.
The early nineteenth century saw the neo-classical development of Grainger Town by Richard Grainger and John Dobson. Grey Street, with its prestigious Theatre Royal, curves down from Grey's Monument to the river and is a stunning example of their work. Newcastle is a compact city that is easy to explore either on foot or by tour bus. Guided tours, with their wealth of information, are recommended.
When touring the city, the river is probably the best place to begin. Six bridges span the Tyne including the first road rail bridge in the world, Robert Stephenson's High Level Bridge dating from 1849; the Swing Bridge from 1876; the iconic Tyne Bridge from 1928. The Gateshead Newcastle Millennium Bridge, the 'blinking eye', which tilts to enable boats to pass through, was awarded both national and international awards for its design. Apart from the bridges, there are a number of historic buildings including Jacobean merchants' houses, now Bessie Surtees House; the Custom's House from 1766 and Trinity House from 1721.
Walk up the hill from the river to the Keep and St. Nicholas' Cathedral, built in the fourteenth century. Walk a little further and you are in the centre of town where you'll find a huge shopping complex. To the west, at Gallowgate, there is a thriving Chinatown which lies in the shadow of St. James's Park. The town is well endowed with art galleries, museums and concert venues. Newcastle is surrounded by green spaces with parks and gardens. The townspeople are blessed with the Town Moor, a vast area of rough grassland where the Freeman of the city can graze their cows. The largest travelling fair comes to the moor at the end of June each year.
Newcastle lies in a beautiful area of the country and there is much of interest in Northumberland and Durham. With superb sandy beaches; an abundance of historic castles and ruins; remains of the Hadrian's Wall and Roman forts; charming market towns and traditional villages; your visit can be as active or as relaxed as you wish.
Newcastle has a wide range of accommodation with tariffs to suit most pockets. With the majority of the hotels in and around the city centre, you are never far from the action. From five star opulence to bed only, there'll be a place to accommodate your needs. Newcastle is well-endowed with restaurants of all descriptions. Name a cuisine and there'll be an eatery to satisfy your taste buds, and there are menus catering for all budgets. When it comes to nightlife, Newcastle satisfies on many fronts as there are venues to accommode all moods. It has a reputation as a party city and attracts many stag and hen groups.
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