Newcastle-on-Tyne, Northumberland, England’s last great city before the Scottish Border. It dates back nearly two thousand years to the Romans, Danes and Saxons. Originally it was known by its Roman name, ‘Pons Aelius’, until it was renamed ‘Newcastle’ following the Norman conquest of England in 1066. Its strategic location on the River Tyne, to a large extent determined its growth, particularly during the Middle Ages and the Industrial Revolution in the 19th century. In 1882 it was granted city status and today it is a major retail, commercial and cultural center. Following tasteful and thoughtful renovations during the last 20 years, especially along its river banks, today it is a city of great beauty, proudly displaying its rich, historical heritage.
Newcastle is also home of the prestigious Newcastle University which boasts a wealth of 19th century buildings as well as my wonderful nephew Harry!
Our day began with coffee outside, warmed by the early February sunshine.
Newcastle University dating back to 1834 as a School of Medicine, now one of England’s top ranking universities.
Harry and his girlfriend
Central Newcastle by the university.
Newcastle Quayside once a thriving commercial and industrial centre is now home to upmarket restaurants, museums and the theatre.
The Millennium Bridge across the River Tyne.
The Baltic Museum, the largest contemporary art museum of its kind in the world and a former flour mill!
View from the top of the Baltic Tower, The River Tyne, The Tyne Bridge and the Sage Theatre
The stunning Sage Theatre on the south bank of the River Tyne, Newcastle, opened in 2004 as a rich cultural centre for music, education and performances
Views of The Milleninum Bridge, the pedestrian and cyclist bridge spanning the River Tyne, sometimes called the ‘Blinking Eye’ or ‘Winking Eye’ Bridge, was lifted into place in one piece by one of the world’s largest floating cranes, the Asian Hercules II, on November 20th 2000. It was opened to the public the following year, 17 September and dedicated by Queen Elizabeth II on May 7th 2002.
Newcastle-on Tyne, way more to offer than just Newcastle Brown Ale!!!