Newcastle upon Tyne, also known as Newcastle, is one of the largest cities in England located in Tyne and Wear. Situated North of the River Tyne it used to be known as the county town of Northumberland. There are many sites to see in the city of Newcastle such as the Tyne Bridge, the Discovery Museum and St James Park, the famous football ground.
Newcastle upon Tyne is a true regional capital that clings to the north bank of the River Tyne that hosts seven city bridges. The most famous of these bridges is perhaps the great arched suspension bridge that carries the A1. Along the banks of the river, the Quayside has seen many transformations over the last decade and is a thriving hotspot from day to night. With cultural venues, markets, pubs, restaurants and clubs - not to mention the marvel of all seven bridges crossing the Tyne - the area offers something for everyone.
Running along both sides of the River Tyne is the Metro that connects Newcastle with various historic attractions and the sandy beaches at Whitley Bay and Tynemouth.
You can make a swift round trip of the area by crossing the river between South Shields and North Shields by boarding the Shields Ferry just a short walk from the ferry terminals are Metro stations where you can buy a day saver ticket for access to most of the county of Tyne and Wear.
Look out for the heritage walks to get a real grasp of the surrounding wildlife and countryside, which is often overlooked by visitors of the city. You may be interested in a sightseeing cruise along the river; these generally last around three hours.
Newcastle is a compact city shaped by a medieval street layout with narrow chares (alleys) and imposing neoclassical buildings. The exquisite Grey Street - lauded as one of the most beautiful streets in the country - is an architectural delight. Showcasing magnificent Georgian architecture, the street subtly curves from the heart of the high street down to the River Tyne.
The Angel of the North may gaze over the city from neighbouring Gateshead but it's the majestic St James' Park that looks down on the centre and completes the Newcastle skyline. It's home to Newcastle United, a mecca for die-hard Geordie fans, and on match day cheers from the stadium reverberate across the city.
The city prides itself on its multiculturalism. It has its own Chinatown and hosts large-scale events such as the annual Newcastle Mela and Chinese New Year festivities. The city is also home to both Newcastle and Northumbria University, popular institutions that draw in a large number of students from across the country and internationally.