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Newcastle-upon-Tyne, in an economic and cultural sense, is the capital of Northeast England. The industrial city of Newcastle stands on the River Tyne, with its centre possessing many remarkable Victorian destinations, large shopping centres, and a lot of fascinating museums and entertainment facilities that you can share with the entire family. Keep in mind that some locations are pretty far from each other, but once you’ve arranged your car hire in Newcastle, the possibilities for sightseeing and activities with your family are versatile and wide-ranging.
Must see and experience destinations
Tyne Bridges. There are a total of six bridges spanning the River Tyne, three of them are famous internationally for their revolutionary approach to bridge building. High-Level Bridge, a two-level steel structure almost 125 ft. high was built in 1849 by Robert Stephenson and opened by Queen Victoria. The Tyne Bridge, which most symbolises the city's identity was built in 1925 and officially opened by King George V in 1928 – at the time the biggest arch bridge in the world! How’s that for an educational tour with the kids?
Quayside. This district around the High Level and Tyne Bridges has rows of old houses that have been transformed into modern shops, hotels, and restaurants. On Sandhill, your family can visit a couple of historic buildings, including the Guildhall (1658) and the Merchant Court. The amazingly reinstated Bessie Surtees House consists of two merchant’s houses that date from 16th and 17th centuries – now with a restored Jacobean façade.
Location: Quayside, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Castle Keep. The Norman fortified tower of Castle Keep bears testimony to the “New Castle.” The construction began in 1080 and completed in 1172. Don’t forget to visit Norman Chapel and the King’s Chamber to see an awesome display of archaeological finds.
Location: St Nicholas Street, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Grey’s Monument. Found at the north end of Grey Street is the 135-ft. high Grey’s Monument, which is also a favourite meeting location in the heart of the city. The monument was built in 1835 in memory of the second Earl Grey, commemorating his role as Prime Minister and architect of the 1832 Reform Bill.
Location: Grey St, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Discovery Museum. Amongst the exhibits that you will find in the amazing Discovery Museum are machines that range from traditional windmills and dated steam engines to cutting-edge jet turbines. You can also find here the locomotive built by George Stephenson in 1830 for the coal mines of Killingworth as well as a model recreating the River Tyne in 1929. There are also various ship models including the first turbine-driven steamer in the world, Turbinia, which was designed by Charles Parsons and launched in 1914.
Location: Blandford Square, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Other locations worth visiting
- St. Nicholas Cathedral - Mosley Street, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
- Chares (Old City) Eldon Square Shopping Centre - Eldon Court, Percy St, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
- Laing Art Gallery - New Bridge St, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
- Great North Museum: Hancock - Barras Bridge, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
- Jesmond Dene - Red Walk, Jesmond Dene, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
As an added challenge, try to visit every location on this list during your stay. Since some of these iconic locations are far from one another, arranging a car hire Newcastle can save you a lot of time in-between locations and possibly allow you to visit them all. Most importantly, enjoy your family trip!