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Newcastle’s Best Attractions

A trip to Northern England is not complete without a look at its main city: Newcastle. Newcastle has its own culture unique to the region: the people are hospitable and friendly. Known colloquially as “Geordies” they are renowned for loving a good party and having a beautiful lilting accent. The best way to get around Newcastle is by hiring a rental car. The public transport is great, but there is great rentals and parking when booking with FHR at the car park near Newcastle Airport, which makes travel convenient and easy. So get off the flight, hop into a car with the family and start exploring Newcastle’s Best Attractions!

Castle Keep

Newcastle has to have an impressive castle, it’s in the name! Castle Keep finished completion in 1168, making it among the oldest castles in Britain. It is located in the city centre, s there’s not much travel required to see it. Take a tour of the interior, but be warned, the castle is rumoured to be haunted!

Tyne and Wear Museums

Newcastle predates many of England’s oldest cities having roots dating back to the Ancient Romans. As such, the city is vibrant with history and culture. The Tyne and Wear Museums refer to a collection of museums around the city and appeal to a variety of different interests.  The Stephenson Railway Museum is a particular gem which is home to some of the most important steam trains of industrial Britain.

Seven Stories

Seven Stories is a great way to pass a day with young children. The complex is like a combination of a library and Santa’s workshop. Seven Stories is children’s book museums, housing works by Jacqueline Wilson, Roald Dahl and Beatrix Potter. For the majority of children, the fun coms in the activities and workshops where they can act and dress up, or simply watch performances of their favourite stories if they prefer.

Angel of the North

The Angel of the North is the identifying image that marks you have arrived in Newcastle. While it may not be as famous as the Statue of Liberty in New York of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, but the Angel of the North has its own charm. The modern icon is striking in its contrast to Newcastle which is predominately a historic town.

Hadrian’s Wall

The oldest sight in Newcastle contrasts so greatly against its modern counterpart, but both mark the entrance to the city. Hadrian’s Wall is a UNESCO World Heritage but only a few bricks remain of the ancient wall. Originally segregating Northern England from the Picts tribes in what is now modern day Scotland.  The region is dotted with ancient ruins that are worth visiting. There is a Roman Fort in Wallsend called Segedunum which provides an insight into life in historic Britain.

 

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