Posted by: Rasma R | September 7, 2014

Newcastle upon Tyne

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Newcastle upon Tyne is a port city located in the northeast of England which has the best nightlife in all of Britain. It is a city which has a lot going for it including art, music, nightlife and sports. Newcastle is the starting point for tours of the Northumberland coast and Hadrian’s Wall. It is also home to the Gordie Culture which has a rich heritage of folk music and dance as well as its own dialect.

Tourists can take lovely walks along the River Tyne which has a pedestrian quayside path. The Tyne Bridge is a great example of a compression arch suspended-deck bridge.

Explore the remains of Castle Keep which was built in the 13th century.

Central Arcade is a lovely and well preserve Victorian shopping arcade which includes one of Newcastle’s oldest music shops.

Grainger Tower is the fantastic and historic heart of the city. It has classic style streets and some of the finest buildings. Of special interest are the Grainger Market and Theatre Royal. Grainger Market dates back to 1830 and there are lots of stalls selling fresh produce as well as books, CDs, clothes and shoes.

Grey’s Monument is located in the heart of Grainger Town. It is a monument which was built in honour of Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey. The wide base beneath the monument is a popular spot for people-watching. It is also a place for buskers (street musicians), religious speakers and political activists to speak out. The monument has an internal staircase which when open lets visitors walk up a narrow staircase to get amazing views of the city.

Newcastle’s Chinatown is located in the city centre opposite St. James Park. There are lots of Chinese, Korean, and Japanese restaurants and shops. Visitors enter the area through a ceremonial Chinese arch. Every Chinese New Year there is a festival and traditional parade held here drawing thousands of tourists.

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art has changing world-class interactive, contemporary, and modern art exhibits. It is located on the banks for the River Tyne.

Shipley Art Gallery is the venue for contemporary craft and has one of the finest collections outside of London including ceramics, wood, metal, glass, textiles, and furniture.

Day trips can be taken to Hadrian’s Wall where you can visit the Roman fort and museum. Tourists can hike on the Hadrian’s Wall Trail to Housesteads where the fort and museum are located.

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