Visit Newcastle,  England

The Gateshead Millennium Bridge over the Tyne river with tilt mode to allow boats to pass underneath, Newcastle

The Gateshead Millennium Bridge in Newcastle over the Tyne river with tilt mode to allow boats to pass underneath. Photo by Lindseyarmstrongphoto

Why visit Newcastle?

Newcastle (otherwise known as Newcastle-upon-Tyne) is one of England’s best examples of successful lottery-funded regeneration.

The city has always had a vast amount of green space such as the Town Moor where cattle can often be seen grazing, but only recently broke away from the past with some avant-garde accommodation called ‘The Byker Wall‘ that is now UNESCO listed as an outstanding example of 20th century architecture, the spectacular Gateshead Millennium Bridge, the UK’s first Biotechnology Village ‘The Centre for Life‘ and the spectacular Angel of the North sculpture just outside the city (see picture below).

Like many English docksides that fell into disrepair towards the end of last century (London and Liverpool being two other examples) the local docklands have been redeveloped as a dynamic and ultra-modern public area loaded with entertainment facilities as well as a few of the inevitable smart office blocks.

Newcastle city, New Theatre Royal, England, UK

The Theatre Royal in the town centre – yes! old stuff too! Photo by Jimmy McIntyre.

Some Newcastle sights

The Angel of the North on the outskirts of Newcastle, Gateshead.

The Angel of the North (artist: Anthony Gormley) nearby at Gateshead.

The Discovery Museum. Newcastle, England

The Discovery Museum. Photo by Neil Turner.

St Ann's Wharf, Newcastle, England

St Ann’s Wharf. Photo by Neil Turner

Haymarket Underground/Metro Station, Newcastle, England

Haymarket Underground/Metro Station. Photo by Graham Robson.

The Hancock Museum of Natural History, Newcastle, England

The Hancock Museum of Natural History. But unnatural shape, obviously.

On the downside a noise survey reported by University College London in 2007 indicated that Newcastle is the noisiest place in England with an average decibel rating of 80. 4, approximately ‘equivalent to a loud alarm clock ringing in one’s ear’. Birmingham was second, London third (78. 5), while the quietest place was Torquay, Devon in the southwest, at 60. 2 decibels.