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Newcastle upon Tyne: The City
If you have not been to Newcastle before, you should note that this capital city of the North East of England is on the river Tyne, hence Newcastle upon Tyne, in the heart of the Geordie-speaking North East of England.
Despite its busy urban atmosphere, Newcastle is also a city of open spaces, with numerous parks: Exhibition Park and Leazes Park are adjacent to the University, and the Town Moor is a large moorland park.
Newcastle is an historic city of impressive architectural grandeur. The Norman castle, after which the city was named, the medieval cathedral (St. Nicholas) with its lantern tower and other historic churches stand alongside the nineteenth-century elegance of Grey Street - described by John Betjeman as 'the most imposing facade in Western Europe'. The Quayside area by the River Tyne has been developed in recent years into a modern centre incorporating hotels, restaurants, leisure facilities, executive flats, the new law courts, and on the Gateshead side the splendid BALTIC centre for contemporary art and the Sage, the home for music in the North East. There are numerous bridges across the River Tyne, the best known being the Tyne Bridge which has not only become a symbol of the city but was also the prototype for the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The impressive new Millennium bridge is a must see!
Newcastle is the centre of one of the most naturally-beautiful and historically-rich parts of England. Northumbria is steeped in the history of violent clashes with invading Scots and marauding Vikings and, in addition to the relics of the Roman occupation almost 2,000 years ago, including Hadrian's Wall, there are many castles, some of which are still occupied. The most famous of these are Alnwick, Warkworth, Dunstanburgh and Bamburgh overlooking the rugged North Sea coast. The hills, moors and dales of the Northumberland National Park draw those who seek the beauty of peaceful, unspoilt countryside. Holy Island and the Farne Islands, famous for their beauty and wildlife, offer a popular day out.