The city is a true mix of the modern and historic, with excellent shopping and amazing nightlife sitting alongside ancient monument
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Linked 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) have been transformed into a single, vibrant visitor destination: NewcastleGateshead.
Better known as Newcastle Upon Tyne (or simply Newcastle), the city is a true mix of the modern and historic, with excellent shopping and amazing nightlife sitting happily alongside striking ancient monuments. Newcastle is packed with free attractions including dynamic arts centres and family-friendly museums. Truly a city for the twenty-first century, Newcastle has something to offer all ages and tastes.
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You can have the 'Tyne' of your life in Newcastle learning new things, going shopping, having fun as a family or relishing city life on a short break. Trains to Newcastle are available from across the country and you can get cheap train tickets to Newcastle when you book in advance online.
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Whether you're visiting Newcastle for the hustle and bustle of a vibrant city or you're looking to just take it easy in stylish surroundings, you'll find attractions and activities to suit you. To help, we've compiled a list of five great attractions the city has to offer:
If you've ever wanted to explore the world under one roof, then you're in luck as that's exactly what you can do at the Great North Museum. Highlights include an interactive model of Hadrian's Wall, a life-size T-Rex skeleton, mummies from ancient Egypt and a planetarium. There are treasures for kids and adults alike at this free attraction, which is conveniently located in the very heart of the city next to the University. The Great North Museum is a short bus ride from Newcastle train station.
This free attraction is an inspirational experience. Home to an impressive collection of art and sculptures, the Gallery also has a packed programme of events including gallery talks, family activities and artist appearances. On the first Saturday of each month, the Gallery runs art classes for children aged over eight to help young artistic talents flourish - so if you're travelling with kids, get down to the Gallery and get involved! For adults, there's plenty of amazing art to explore and the Gallery is a 15 minute walk from Newcastle train station or you can hop on the metro.
Hidden within Newcastle's Grainger Market is the unique Marks and Spencer's Penny Bazaar. Established in 1835, it's the world's smallest Marks and Spencer store as well as the last surviving M&S Penny Bazaar (the original shops which gave birth to the retail giant we know today). Visit the Bazaar for a trip back in time to the world of seventeenth century shopping, in the heart of a twenty-first century city. The shop is approximately a ten minute walk from Newcastle train station.
Newcastle's Discovery Museum is the perfect place to discover the story of life on Tyneside, from the region's shipbuilding beginnings to the city's world-changing inventions. With a large variety of interactive displays, this free museum is the perfect place for all ages to have fun and learn at the same time. If you want to research your family history, the museum offers free walks and talks to help you get started. The Discovery Museum is easily accessible, being situated just a short walk from Newcastle train station.
This famous bridge is a must-see. It's one of the UK's most well-known landmarks, which is not surprising considering it is of the same design as Sydney's Harbour Bridge (it was built by the same company but actually finished earlier in 1928). As well as having the practical function of linking both sides of the river Tyne, the bridge is also a beautiful architectural wonder and many people are content to merely admire it. At night, it really comes to life along with the many restaurants and bars that line the quayside. Take an evening stroll and get an iconic photo of the Tyne in all its glory. The bridge is a short bus ride from Newcastle train station.