An industrial engine room now reshaped as a party capital, Newcastle-upon-Tyne is an evocative city of many different guises.
The beating heart of the Northeast exudes energy and charisma, offering good times, rich cultural heritage, iconic urban views and a trademark Geordie welcome.
The Tyne Bridge
Nothing symbolises Newcastle quite like the dramatic steel arches of the Tyne Bridge. The iconic Grade II*-listed landmark is the best-known of seven city crossings spanning the river. Although the Tyne is no longer the busy working river it once was, as its upmarket riverbanks attest, its metal-etched vista gives a nod to the bygone age of coal and shipbuilding.
Trendy bars, shops and restaurants have changed the face of the Quayside in recent years, but this area still boasts valuable pockets of history. The majestic Guildhall and Jacobean merchants’ houses on Sandhill are impressive survivors of the 17th-century city, while the Victoria Tunnel – a 2.5-mile-long coal passageway running from Town Moor to the Tyne – is a splendidly quirky heritage feature.
Newcastle Castle and city walls
It’s worth exploring this Norman-era fortress, with its medieval chambers and murky passages, on a guided tour. The West Walls in Chinatown, the best-preserved section of 14th-century fortifications, also deserve a visit.