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The city was once one of the largest shipbuilding centres in the world, and with the decline of the traditional industries that were historically at the heart of the city’s prosperity Newcastle suffered several decades of stagnation. But as the visitor will soon learn, the Geordie spirit is a lively and inventive one, and the city has undergone a major renaissance in the past few years, with a transformed waterfront area, the creation of one of the UK’s largest retail shopping centres, and a thriving arts and music scene. Newcastle has many attractions in its own right, and is also the gateway to the beautiful and impressive countryside of the Borders and Northumbria, and to the world-famous Roman Hadrian’s Wall. The symbol of the city, and one that the visitor will see on their approach from the south, is the famous Angel of the North.
Things to Do in Newcastle
At the heart of the city is the River Tyne, and the vista of the seven bridges across the river, both historic and new, is one that every visitor must get to see. The Quayside, with its markets, bars, restaurants and pubs is an excellent area from which to gain a view of the bridges from the Gateshead Millenium Bridge, which gives access to both sides of the river. Grey Street provides a glimpse of the previous prosperity of the city, with its elegant Georgian buildings. Crossing to Gateshead gives access to Metrocentre, Europe’s largest shopping centre, and to the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, a dramatic building housing some of the UK’s best exhibitions of modern art.
Top 3 Must See: Newcastle
Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art
Housesteads Roman Fort, Hadrians Wall
For visitors interested in the history of the area, there are any number of attractions to explore, both within the city and in the surrounding countryside. The Castle Keep is one of the finest Norman stone castles still surviving in Britain, and is situated in the heart of the city. No visit to Newcastle is complete without walking a stretch of the World Heritage site of Hadrians Wall or visiting the garrison town at Housesteads Fort.
Drive Around Newcastle
To fully explore the city and its surrounding a car is essential. GoCarHire.co.uk gives you the best deals and whether you are arriving by air or by train you can arrange to pick up your car hire at Newcastle airport or city centre. The A1 loops around the city, and provides easy access to the stunning coastline north of the city, and to Holy Island, whereas taking the A69 westwards off the A1 opens up the glories of Hadrians Wall and Kielder Forest with its dramatic stretch of water, a reservoir for the city of Newcastle.
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