United by seven bridges across a spectacular riverscape, Newcastle (a city on the north bank of the River Tyne) and Gateshead (a town on the south bank) form a single, diverse and extremely vibrant visitor destination.
With so many different areas each offering new sights, sounds and experiences, you’ll be amazed at how much is on offer whatever your tastes. World-class culture, vibrant nightlife, award-winning dining, inspiring heritage, fantastic shopping and acclaimed architecture are linked here, as nowhere else, by the famous Geordie spirit. For more information, please follow this link.
Arts and Culture in the region
Gateshead’s BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art (Gateshead Quays, South Shore Road, NE8 3BA) with its rolling programme of exhibitions is the biggest gallery of its kind in the world. There’s also a wide range of smaller galleries across the area including the Hatton Gallery (Newcastle University, Quadrangle, NE1 7RU) which has a fantastic collection of historical and contemporary art. Discovery (Blandford Square, NE1 4JA) is one of the North East’s most popular free museums and the place to find out about life on Tyneside. Centre for Life (Times Square, NE1 4EP), the international centre for life sciences, is at the cutting edge of medical and life science developments. Highlights of The Great North Museum: Hancock, the £26 million museum, include displays exploring the wonder and diversity of the natural world and a large-scale, interactive model of Hadrian’s Wall.
In the heart of Newcastle City Centre, the Castle Keep, one of the country’s finest examples of a Northern Keep, hints at the region’s thousands of years of heritage in contrast to the neo-classical architecture of Grainger Town, with Grey Street winning Academy of Urbanism’s Great Street Award 2010.
No trip to Newcastle will be complete without a trip to the famous Beamish Museum. Beamish is a world famous open air museum, telling the story of life in North East England during the 1820s, 1900s & 1940s.