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.
Festivals and events
Football at St James' Park
Standing tall and proud above the city, next to the West Walls, is St James' Park, home to Newcastle United FC since 1892. The atmosphere on matchday is electric, as 50,000 locals cheer on the Magpies. If there's no game to watch or you can't get tickets, it's still worth taking a stadium tour.
Music festivals on Tyneside
There's plenty for live music fans to look forward to on Tyneside during the summer. As well as This is Tomorrow festival, which takes place at Spillers Wharf in May, there's the largely free Mouth of the Tyne Festival, staged at Tynemouth Priory and Castle in July. Laura Marling, Elbow, Bryan Ferry and Paloma Faith are among the artists to have headlined the main show in recent years.