Newcastle upon Tyne

Newcastle bridge

Although it is no longer technically in Northumberland after the introduction of the metropolitan county of Tyne and Wear in 1974, it would be wrong to have a guide to Northumberland without mentioning it. Newcastle dates back to a Roman fort called Pons Aelius and was later known as Monkchester during the rise of the Kingdom of Northumbria. After a rebellion against the rule of William the Conqueror, Monkchester was destroyed and William's son, Robert Curthose, built a new wooden castle, later rebuilt in stone from which the town took it's name. The castle still exists, but is partially hidden among the city skyline

Newcastle views

Newcastle became increasingly important, especially during the industrial period where it became a centre for heavy industry involved in coal and shipbuilding. The city has a number of high profile buildings and is an artistic and commercial centre. The Sage centre and Baltic exchange pictured below as well as the Millennium walking bridge and Redheugh bridge are some of the major landmarks in the area. The Angel of the North, the iconic statue by Antony Gormley is a few miles south in Gateshead on the southern side of the Tyne.

Angel of the North

Hotels / Bed and Breakfasts in the area

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The Surtees Hotel
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Sleeperz Hotel Newcastle
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Hotel du Vin And Bistro Newcastle
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Malmaison Newcastle
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Waterside Hotel