Newcastle

Newcastle-upon-Tyne is an exciting cosmopolitan city which extends a warm and friendly welcome to all visitors.

In addition the many attractions of Newcastle itself, the surrounding area has many attractions, from the MetroCentre to Hadrian's wall and the beautiful Northumbrian countryside.

The world famous Tyne Bridge is the symbol of Newcastle, but it is the youngest of the three great bridges. The bridge was built in 1925-28 and was opened by King George V.

Jesmond Dene is the most popular park in the City with an unusual past; the name itself requires an explanation; a dene is a local name for a steep sided, narrow river valley. Newcastle once had many but few remain today.

The Church of St. Nicholas became a cathedral in 1882 on establishment of the diocese of Newcastle. A church of the same name was built on this site in Norman times.

In the city centre is the 135 foot Earl Grey's Monument, built 1838, to commemorate the Prime Minister who passed the great reform act of 1832.

Also of note are the 16th and 17th century merchants' houses on Quayside near the River Tyne are part of a group of houses that still survive in the area known as Sandhill, the historic heart of the City, once thronging with markets and mercantile trade.

Newcastle has many attractions; excellent restaurants and cafe's with an abundance of good food and a wide variety of interesting shops.

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