Newcastle upon Tyne
With its award-winning dining, fascinating heritage, vibrant nightlife and impressive architecture, Newcastle upon Tyne is the ideal spot for a romantic weekend with your other half or a cultural holiday with the family. Independent shops, boutiques and cafés make pottering around the city a pleasure and the art galleries and concert hall will inspire you. Add to that the exciting nightlife and you’ve got a recipe for a brilliant holiday destination.
Out & about
One of Newcastle’s most iconic landmarks is the Tyne Bridge. It was opened in 1928 by King George V and its impressive structure will take your breath away. To find out more about the bridge and Newcastle’s intriguing history, head to the Discovery Museum in Blandford Square. If you don’t mind confined spaces, then the Victoria Tunnel, a preserved 19th century waggonway under the city, is a must. Discover what life was like during WW2, learn how the tunnel was it was constructed and listen out for the coal waggons making their way to the Tyne.
Considering Newcastle’s industrial heritage, the city is certainly not short on beautiful green spaces and tranquil places. Just a mile from the centre is Jesmond Dene, a magical wooded valley with the Ouseburn river running through it. For a relaxing stroll, visit Derwent Walk Country Park or Watergate Forest Park where you’ll find perfect picnic spots, woodland and wildflower meadows. And if you’re thinking of popping the question on your Newcastle holiday, Gibside’s stunning 18th-century landscape garden is a great place to do it.