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Tyne and Wear

Tyne and Wear is home to some of the North East's best hidden gems.


Gateshead is a large town in Tyne and Wear on the southern bank of the River Tyne, opposite Newcastle. They’re joined by several bridges across the Tyne, including the iconic Millennium Bridge, High Level Bridge and Swing Bridge. Gateshead is known for its architecture, with stunning feats of engineering like the Sage Gateshead, the Angel of the North and Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art.

Local to Gateshead are other areas like Hebburn, Washington, Low Fell, Birtley and Whickham, the main built-up area with nearby villages. Other local communities in more rural areas include Chopwell, Greenside, High Spen, Kibblesworth, Rowlands Gill, Ryton and Sunniside.

Gateshead including the Baltic and Sage

North Tyneside

North Tyneside is bordered by Newcastle upon Tyne to the west, the North Sea to the east, the River Tyne to the south and Northumberland to the north. There are lots of places located in North Tyneside including Benton, Forest Hall, Earsdon, Killingworth, Longbenton, Monkseaton, North Shields, Percy Main, Shiremoor, Wallsend, West Moor and Willington Quay. There are some great attractions in the borough, including:

 North Tyneside Church


Sunderland is a port city situated at the mouth of the River Wear, approximately 14 miles south-east of Newcastle and roughly 12 miles north-east of Durham.

St Bede, sometimes called the father of English history, began his monastic career at Monkwearmouth monastery in Sunderland before moving to the newly founded Jarrow monastery in 685 (these monasteries together formed the dual Monkwearmouth-Jarrow Abbey).

The three road bridges connecting the north and south portions of the city are the Queen Alexandra Bridge at Pallion, the Wearmouth Bridge just to the north of the city centre and, most recently, the Northern Spire Bridge between Castletown and Pallion.

Some areas to live in Sunderland include Farringdon, Hylton, Grindon, Moorside, Pennywell, Red House, Springwell and Southwick.

South Tyneside

South Tyneside is bordered by three other boroughs – Gateshead to the west, Sunderland to the south and North Tyneside to the north. The main and largest town is South Shields. Other riverside towns are Jarrow and Hebburn, while the villages of Cleadon, Whitburn and the Boldons border South Tyneside.

South Shields town centre and riverside are undergoing significant regeneration, with new housing, business, retail and leisure facilities replacing old industrial sites. The town centre offers high street shopping, a regular market by the Grade I listed Old Town Hall, a new library and an exhibition space called The Word. In addition is the South Shields Museum and Art Gallery, a bus/Metro interchange, cross-river pedestrian ferry to North Shields, Harton Quays office development and promenade, the town hall and civic offices.

South Tyneside beach

South Shields is the final destination of The Great North Run – the world's biggest half marathon and takes place every September/October, starting in Newcastle and finishing on The Leas at South Shields.

Jarrow is home to St. Paul's MonasteryJarrow Hall (formerly Bede's World museum), the Viking Shopping Centre and J Barbour factory outlet. Hebburn town centre has undergone redevelopment with new residential building and civic and leisure facilities. The suburban villages of Cleadon, East and West Boldon, Harton, Monkton, Westoe and Whitburn have traditional pubs, historic buildings and independent boutiques. There is an athletics track at Monkton and cricket grounds at Westoe and Whitburn.