The city is steeped in proud history, with an abundance of arts, architecture, shopping and cultural experiences and now a lively and cosmopolitan city noted for its warm and friendly welcome and zest for life. Experience the excitement across the banks of the River Tyne between Newcastle and Gateshead, one destination, and regular favourite short break destination in the UK. The nightlife experience is world famous.
Newcastle is designated a “City of Culture” with major attractions such as, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Sage Gateshead, a major music centre, concert and conference facility designed by Lord Norman Foster. Linking two Quaysides is the Gateshead Millennium Bridge, nicknamed “The Blinking Eye Bridge” and like the famous Tyne Bridge and the other great icon of Gateshead, The Angel of the North by Anthony Gormley – world renowned!
With a history going right back to Roman times, the area offers a blend of cultural heritage, stylish individuality and dynamic character and two Universities. Some of the finest shopping in Europe is available in Newcastle’s Eldon Square and other main streets, including Grey Street, voted the best street in Britain, plus the Gateshead Metro Centre. An amazing mix of Public Art, Galleries such as the Laing Art Gallery, Great North Museum and Discovery, Cathedrals, Churches and other Historic Buildings and Monuments are guaranteed to enthral. Plus, don’t miss the Castle the city got its name from.