Mixing world class urban centres with a family fun seaside coast, Tyne & Wear is home to the North East’s great cultural capital and centre for art and design, NewcastleGateshead flanking the River Tyne quayside. Iconic public art and heritage sites are here in Tyne & Wear, the North East’s heart, including the Angel of the North statue and the Wearmouth – Jarrow Anglo Saxon monasteries.
Newcastle-upon-Tyne is a best European city break for art and music, family fun interactive museums, dazzling modern architecture, funky bars and nightlife, and a chic shopping scene. Highlights in the arts are southside of the Tyne on the Gateshead waterfront, including the mighty converted mill, BALTIC contemporary art gallery and the unique domed Sage concert hall. From family fun museums like the Life Science Centre and Discovery Museum to best art galleries the Laing Art Gallery and famous independent cinema The Tyneside Cinema – Newcastle is a city break catering for all tastes.
More great nightlife, family theme parks and fantastic beaches for watersports feature on Newcastle’s seaside coast at South Shields and Tynemouth. From beautiful lighthouses and coastal walks at Whitley Bay and Whitburn to award-winning watersports beaches at South Shields and Tynemouth, Tyne & Wear’s coastline offers a great mix of scenic coastline, bustling seaside resorts and award-winning beach bays. Tour the dramatically sited headland ruins of Tynemouth Priory or if shopping is more your scene, discover hundreds of favourite high street shops, a cinema, restaurants and play centres all under one shopping village roof at Britain’s largest shopping centre – MetroCentre.
Boosted by world class universities (and football teams), Tyne & Wear’s urban centres are stylish modern cities with a proud industrial heritage. Visit Sunderland’s National Glass Centre on the banks of the River Wear, home to the UK’s largest glass collection or take in a match or tour of the Stadium of Light football stadium. Sunderland’s beautiful coastline around Roker and Seaburn featuring more iconic lighthouses and family friendly beach bays is within easy reach of the city centre.
Base yourself in the heart of the North East and choose from stylish seaside guests houses to country house hotels and luxury city centre apartments. Tyne & Wear is the region’s major transport hub, with ferry services from Europe running regularly from North Shields and Newcastle International Airport situated just 6 miles north west of the city.
Michelle is an experienced travel writer with iknow and has travelled extensively across the UK, Spain, Portugal and the USA. When she’s not busy writing for iknow she enjoys spending time touring museums and art galleries and seeking out the best independent shops in Manchester and Leeds.