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Destination: Newcastle Tours

Newcastle
Description:
Northern city full of character, charm and lots to do nearby.
Region: North East England
Pronounced: new-cass-ul
Time to spend here: 3 hour - 1 day
Party peopleBy the sea
Newcastle, North East England
NewcastleNewcastle Upon Tyne

Newcastle is the commercial and industrial capital of the North-East. Although the locals have always loved their home city, it’s in recent years that people have been flocking in from outside to see what all the fuss is about.  The iconic Tyne bridge (a twin of the Sydney Harbour bridge) is one of 7 bridges that link the city of Newcastle to Gateshead south of the river Tyne.  Along the Quayside are a plethora of restaurants, bars and clubs to choose from. On Sundays you can spend hours browsing at the market.  The compact Victorian city centre has some classic old buildings, while the Ouseburn valley is home to great bars and clubs as well as a new art gallery called the Biscuit factory. Newcastle’s Metro is an excellent public transport system which will get you efficiently to all the major sites and attractions in the city including museums, galleries and heritage sites.

Local Activities
St James' Park
St James Park Stadium Tour
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St James ParkSt James’ Park is home to Newcastle United, one of England’s most famous football clubs. There’s a stadium tour, or go to a match with 40,000 black and white striped shirted Geordies cheering on the team. 
The Castle Keep
The Castle Keep, Newcastle
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St James ParkThe Castle Keep built by Henry II between 1168-1178, is one of the finest surviving examples of a Norman Keep in Britain. It also has great views across the river Tyne and the bridges.
The Tyne Bridge
The Tyne Bridge, Newcastle
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St James ParkThe Tyne Bridge is one of Britain’s most famous landmarks, and symbolic of Newcastle, whilst the newest bridge on the Tyne is the Gateshead Millenium Bridge, which opens like an eyelid, in a remarkable engineering design.
The Seven Stories Museum
Seven Stories Museum, Newcastle
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St James ParkThe Seven Stories is a great museum for all children who love books. Each of the 7 levels has something different, including a chance to meet authors and illustrators of children’s books.
The Great North Museum
The Great North Museum, Newcastle
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St James ParkThe Great North Museum includes a large-scale, interactive model of Hadrian's Wall, ancient Greek artifacts and Egyptian mummies, a planetarium with an out of this world show using brand new LED projectors, plus a life-size T-Rex skeleton.
What can I see in the area?
The Baltic Centre
York Minster, York
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St James ParkThe Baltic Centre just over the river in Gateshead, houses contemporary art exhibitions which are always changing, whilst views from the revamped old mill up and down the river Tyne are stunning.
The Angel of the North
York Minster, York
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St James ParkThe Angel of the North is Britain’s largest sculpture. If you’re driving along the A1 motorway towards Newcastle, you cannot miss it! Designed by Anthony Gormley, It weighs 200 tons, is 20m high and has an amazing 54m wing span. 
The Metro Centre
The Metro Centre, Newcastle
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St James ParkThe Metro Centre is the largest shopping centre in the UK, and has all the major retail chains.
Beamish Open Air Museum
Beamish Open Air Museum, North East England
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St James ParkBeamish Open Air Museum, set in 300 acres of beautiful countryside, tells the story of how the industrial revolution and the coming of the railways impacted the people of North-East England. Period trams and buses help you move between the different museum locations. You can also take a ride on a mine train. 
Multi-attraction Passes Recommended for this destination:
CADW Pass
Hudson Heritage Explorer Pass
Hudson Heritage Explorer Pass
This is a great base for exploring:
Durham, Northumberland
Transport options in this area: As a large city there are great transport links in and aroung the area.
Did you know:
The first demonstration of the lightbulb was given in Newcastle by its inventor Joseph Swan on 3rd Feb 1879.
Quote:
I've never wanted to leave. I'm here for the rest of my life, and hopefully after that as well"
Footballing legend Alan Shearer
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