A Weekend in Tyne & Wear and Newcastle

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The weekend before last, I visited Newcastle and Tyne & Wear in the north of England. This was my first visit to the area, and although it was just a short visit, I managed to discover some places that I would like to visit again for a longer time. The area is beautiful and consists of some very attractive coastline, parks, and cities. Photographs of my visit can be seen in this post.


One of our first stops was to Saltwell Park in Gateshead after visiting the Angel of the North. This is a beautiful park with nice views, a boating lake, beautiful gardens, and Saltwell Towers, a mansion dating form the mid-1800s. The park and gardens were looking lovely in the autumn, and Saltwell Park appears to be a popular place with many families visiting it and the tearooms at Saltwell Towers. I would like to return for a longer visit.


Another stop we made was to Whitely Bay along the coast. There is a picturesque lighthouse in view, and the beach was busy with surfers as the waves were quite large when we visited. There is a nice sandy beach here.



North Shields was the next stop, and this was visited at dusk.


Union Quay at North Sheilds is a fishing harbour with fishing boats and nets laid out. I captured a picturesque photograph here of the harbour and the boats. There is a little bit of parking here at Union Quay.


The next morning, I had a nice walk from Gateshead to Newcastle. I saw the famous steel bridge (Tyne Bridge) over the river Tyne and crossed the newer Millennium footbridge just up the river to get some better views of Tyne Bridge. The sun had come out, and I got some good photographs of this bridge. The bridge is an icon of the city of Newcastle.


Newcastle is built on a hill, so I had to walk up a steep hill to get to the rest of the city from the river area. The Tyne Bridge actually is built up so it can cross the river.


Newcastle is an attractive city and has quite a few shops that I wish I could have explored longer. There also looks like quite a few good pubs and restaurants.


One of the monuments in Newcastle sits high upon a column. It is Grey's Monument, named after Charles Grey who was the 2nd Earl Grey (apparently there is an association with him and Earl Grey tea). The column is similar to the column in Trafalgar Square, and this is because it was built by the same sculptor. The monument was built in the 1830s. 


I would like to visit Newcastle and the area again. Do you recommend any attraction in this area for my next visit?

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