Newcastle-upon-Tyne, known simply as Newcastle, has been a major cultural centre for more than 200 years. Today, it’s a fine modern city with stunning architecture and a wealth of interest for the visitor.
Newcastle, the biggest city in the North-East of England, was founded by the Romans. Watched over by its stunning medieval castle and magnificent lantern-towered cathedral, defined by its iconic bridges spanning the mighty River Tyne and the architectural masterpiece of the Sage Gateshead on the opposite shore, visitors cannot fail to be impressed whether they are new to the area or indeed those who return time after time.
Much of the old centre was rebuilt during the 19th century by the architects Grainger and Dobson in the Neo-Classical style and can be explored in half a day as can the fascinating Quayside.
A leading university city with a large student population, it is at the heart of the beautiful counties of Northumberland and Durham. — Paul Shawcross