Newcastle-upon-Tyne - Tynemouth - Whitley Bay Coast Guide
Newcastle is a large commercial and industrial city situated on the River Tyne on the north east coast of England. It grew to prominence during the nineteenth century as a coal port, exporting coal all over the world. Shipbuilding was also an important industry during this period with many famous yards located along the riverbanks.
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Unfortunately both industries declined in the early part of the twentieth century and the city went into decline. However, as is the case with much of Britain's industrial landscape, redevelopment has started apace and has transform the cities fortunes. Now it is a vibrant, multi-cultural society with new attractions, new industries and a new lease of life - particularly of the night-time variety. A notable addition to the waterfront is the Gateshead Millennium Bridge which can be tilted to allow ships to pass. There is a ferry port in North Shields at the mouth of the River Tyne with daily services to Amsterdam.
Newcastle is part of a group of industrial cities which all join together to form the largest urban area in the north east and include; Gateshead, Sunderland and South Shields. All of these have maritime associations but none of them could be considered as resort towns.
There are good seaside resorts within a few miles of the centre of Newcastle however, at Tynemouth and Whitley Bay.
Tynemouth has a long sandy beach, promenade and harbour where the local fishing fleet is based. Tynemouth village is a short distance from the beach and there you'll find a mix of antique shops, fashion boutiques, eating places and superb village pubs. There is also a ruined castle and ancient prior on the hill overlooking the town.
The famous town of Whitley Bay offers a great coastline, a famous lighthouse and a great atmosphere to welcome visitors. St. Mary's Lighthouse stands as a beacon on its own island and has done now for over 100 years. Although not in active service, the structure remains a popular draw for visitors and features in many a photographer's portfolio due to its stunning setting and appearance.
Whitley Bay is also known for its wildlife along the coast to the north of the town and also for the wildlife that takes place after dark!
Whitley Bay Newcastle Angel of the North
What to see around Newcastle - Tourist Attractions
Life Science Centre - Times Square, Newcastle, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear NE1 4EP Tel: 0191 2438210
Discovery Museum - a science museum plus maritime history - Blandford Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4JA Tel: (0191) 232 6789
The Gate - is a shopping and entertainment complex offering cinema, restaurants and nightclubs.
Angel of the North - huge sculpture in Gateshead - just look up!
Theatre Royal - opened in 1837 and still going strong - Grey Street Newcastle
Blue Reef Aquarium - Tynemouth
St Mary's Lighthouse & Visitor Centre - St. Marys Island, Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear NE26 4RS Tel: 0191 2008650
Tanfield Railway - This site dates from 1647! - tracks originally used to take coal to Newcastle ! - so now you know! - Marley Hill, Tyne and Wear, NE16 5ET Tel: 01207 280643
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