Newcastle has an impressive history as the central hub of the industrial revolution, with its notorious shipbuilding and manufacturing credentials. These days it’s transformed into a modern city brimming with restaurants serving international cuisine and impressive sights for culture-seekers to scout out.
If you’re planning a visit to Newcastle next year, here are five sights to add to your list.
1. Newcastle Castle
Constructed between 1172 and 1177 there’s a wealth of history to explore in Newcastle Castle. From the ancient passageways where kings once walked to the 13th century gatehouse, visitors will be guided through the castle’s history from the Roman settlement to modern day.
The castle is open daily from 10am til 5pm and you can find information on entry prices here.
2. Victoria Tunnel
This 19th century coal waggonway was converted to an air raid shelter in 1939, protecting hundreds of local citizens during the Second World War. Officially opened on 7th April 1842, the tunnel was originally 2.5 miles and reached 85 feet at its deepest point. Newcastle City Council secured Heritage Lottery and Single Programme funding and restored the Tunnel, opening it to the public in 2008.
Guided tours of the Tunnel are available, and booking is essential. You can find tour prices and times on the Victoria Tunnel website.
3. Jesmond Dene Park
Stepping away from the hustle and bustle of city life, Jesmond Dene Park offers a historic haven for residents, visitors and wildlife. Ran by the Friends of Jesmond Dene, it’s preserved and holds regular events from guided walks to open-air theatre productions.
You’ll find animals of all shapes and sizes over in Pets Corner, a dedicated space home to pigs, goats, sheep, rabbits and colourful birds.
With many events held throughout the year, there’s always something to do at Jesmond Dene Park.
4. The Tyne Bridge
You can’t visit Newcastle without moseying down to the Tyne Bridge. An iconic landmark of the city, it was opened in 1928 by King George V and has since become synonymous with Newcastle. Letting you know you’ve well and truly arrived, this amazing feat of engineering is not to be missed on a trip up north.
5. Newcastle Cathedral
Situated in the heart of Newcastle is the city’s cathedral. Dating back to the 14th century, it includes medieval artefacts such as an ornate font cover and stained glass roundel of the Virgin Mary and infant Jesus.
Entry to the cathedral is free and it opens its doors daily, you can find opening times and event details here.
Fly from Cornwall
Loganair flights to Newcastle commence in spring 2020. The first flight is on 1st April 2020 and the route will operate between four and seven times per week. Tickets are available to book now at loganair.co.uk.