Newcastle upon Tyne City in England
Also known as Newcastle, Newcastle upon Tyne is situated north of the river Tyne and is a mecca for football fans and anyone who loves a bit of history and culture.
The Angel of the North - Visited by more than 150,000 visitors each year, this sculpture stands over 65 feet tall and has a wingspan of 175 feet. This is almost as wide as a jumbo jet. Considered to be one of the most viewed artworks in the world. Features parkland and picnic sites and is close to Tyneside. Open year round all day.
Discovery Museum - With galleries over three floors, this museum features attractions including a turbine powered ship built by local engineer Charles Parsons and a science maze for the kids. Interactive displays mix with static installations to provide families with all day fun. Open Monday to Saturday 10am - 5pm and Sunday 2pm - 5pm.
Life Science centre - The International Centre for Life is housed inside a sleek and contemporary building and aims to convey the importance of genetics research and bioscience to the general public. Interactive games and even an open air winter ice rink are provided to give families something to do even in the depths of the colder months. Open Monday to Saturday 10am - 6pm and Sunday 11am - 6pm.
The Tyne Bridge - Built in 1928, this bridge links Gateshead to Newcastle upon Tyne with a span of 389 metres and a height of 59 metres. Previously included a tramline of which, the remnants can still be seen. Open year round and all day.
Laing Gallery - A permanent display of art from John Hoyland through to Reynolds are on show along with the works of John Martin a local painter. Visitors can enjoy the architecture of the building with its historical tower and newly built modern frontage. Open Monday to Saturday 10am - 5pm and Sunday 2pm - 5pm Entrance is free to the standard galleries but there may be a charge for some special displays.
Lovers of culture, sports and waterside activities will love newcastle upon Tyne. This city is well known for its sporting prowess with its Newcastle football team showing the talents of local players, while the plethora of museums and galleries show that there is much more to the city than just sports.
The industrial background of the city is evidenced by the architecture, but it is the Tyne itself that really gives the city its special qualities. You can see the city from the river by taking a sightseeing cruise, while anyone who loves to shop will be impressed by the range of High Street and independent shops. Getting around is easy via the Metro line that can take visitors around the city at one low daily cost.