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Millenium Bridge, Newcastle

Book a Newcastle hotel and explore the grand Victorian streets of the city whose Tyne Bridge was the model for Sydney Harbour Bridge and where shirtless Newcastle United supporters cheer on their team in the depths of winter.

Historic Newcastle

At the Discovery Museum you’ll find the 19th-century Turbinia, the one-time fastest ship in the world. You can also try out your own light bulb jokes, as the object was invented here by Joseph Swan.

Art and museums in Newcastle

The Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, housed in a 1950s grain warehouse, attracts names like Antony Gormley and Damien Hirst. The Laing Art Gallery has Pre-Raphaelite masters like Burne-Jones and Holman Hunt. At the Centre for Life you’ll hear talks by astronauts and learn the importance of bogies.

Quirky things to do in Newcastle

When this Roman city was founded by Emperor Hadrian citizens worshipped Apollo and Mars. Nowadays the gods wear black and white. A tour of St James’ Park stadium takes in the changing rooms where the mighty Shearer laced his boots. For families at Seven Stories there are kids’ storytelling sessions.

Events in Newcastle

If you book your Newcastle hotel in June, you’ll be in town for the Hoppings, said to be the largest travelling fair in Europe, taking over Town Moor. The city’s Science Festival in March has power tool races and lessons on how to speak chimpanzee.

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Attractions in Newcastle:

Newcastle United FC 2012/13

Opening times:
18 Aug 2012 - 19 May 2013 (annual)

Discover life in the early 1800s at Pockerley Manor, Beamish. Courtesy of Beamish

Opening times:
Summer Season: daily 10am-5pm
Winter Season: Tue-Thu, Sat & Sun 10am-4pm Nov 2012 - Apr 2013; not Mon or Fri (various dates)

Sunderland AFC 2012/13

Opening times:
18 Aug 2012 - 19 May 2013 (annual)

The Grand Cascade in Alnwick Garden. Courtesy of Alnwick Garden
Alnwick Castle

Opening times:
Castle daily 11am-5pm
Grounds daily 10am-6pm Apr - Oct 2013 (annual)

Farne Islands Nature Reserve

Opening times:
Apr - Oct 2013 (annual)

What's on in Newcastle:

Tyneside Irish Festival

Dates Open:
13/10/2014 to 23/10/2014

Juice Festival. Courtesy of NewcastleGateshead Initiatve
Juice Festival

Dates Open:
19/10/2014 to 30/10/2014

Hal Cazalet as Richard Dauntless and Amy Freston as Rose Maybud in Joe Davies' Opera North production of Ruddigore
Opera North Autumn Season

Dates Open:
11/11/2014 to 15/11/2014

Fireworks. Photo by Barbara Realini, © Whatsonwhen
Durham Bonfire Night

Dates Open:
05/11/2014 to 05/11/2014

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