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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)

Bamburgh Castle. Photo by Jane Ellis, courtesy of Bamburgh Castle
Bamburgh Castle

Opening times:
Nov 2012 - Feb 2013; Weekends only (various dates)

Wordsworth's Rydal Mount. Courtesy of the Cumbria Tourist Board
Rydal Mount

Opening times:
Mar-Oct: daily 9.30am-5pm; Nov, Dec & Feb: Wed-Sun 11am-4pm Feb 2013; not Mon or Tue (various dates)

What's on in Newcastle:

Northern Lights Film Festival, Newcastle. Courtesy of NLFF
Northern Lights Film Festival (NLFF)

Dates Open:
28/03/2015 to 05/04/2015

Newcastle Science Festival, Newcastle. Courtesy of Goulding PR
Newcastle Science Festival

Dates Open:
08/03/2015 to 14/03/2015

Gateshead International Jazz Festival, The Sage Gateshead. © Mark Savage, Courtesy of The Sage Gateshead
Gateshead International Jazz Festival

Dates Open:
23/03/2015 to 25/03/2015

International Magic Festival, South Tyneside. Courtesy of
International Magic Festival

Dates Open:
07/03/2015 to 10/03/2015

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