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From spectacular listed buildings to authentic 13th-century structures, Newcastle and the North East are filled with incredible monuments and landmarks.

Newcastle’s Grey Street was voted the best in the UK, but this stunning stretch of architecture only scratches the surface of the glorious monuments and landmarks you can visit in the city and wider region.

With a rich history dating back to the Romans, we have historical and modern monuments that need to be seen to be believed.

Hadrian's Wall

One of the most famed Roman landmarks in the country, Hadrian’s Wall was built to mark the boundary of the Roman Empire, separating it from Caledonia to the north.

The remnants of the wall stretch through Wallsend Segedunum to the city centre, Benwell and beyond the region to Cumbria. The UNESCO World Heritage Site has a designated Hadrian’s Wall Path for visitors to walk – summer is the best time to do this.

The Angel of the North

Overlooking much of Gateshead, the Angel of the North has become a symbol of North-East pride. It’s said to be the biggest angel sculpture in the world and you’ll see it if you ever travel on the A1 or A167.

You can visit the contemporary sculpture up close in all its glory by travelling via the A167 and using the nearby car park. At 66ft tall, it’s a true marvel up close.

Angel of the North in clear skies

Newcastle Castle

Made up of Castle Keep and the Black Gate, this medieval monument brings the city’s rich and deeply fascinating history to life. The majority of the castle is the original structure filled with winding staircases and hidden chambers.

Booked visits will last around an hour and a half, giving you plenty of time to explore this famed relic of the past. As well as exploration tours, you can attend lectures, workshops, live theatre and musical performances.

Durham Cathedral

If you’ve ever journeyed into or through Durham on the train, you’ll have taken in the spectacular views of the lush green city and breathtaking architecture. And the most stunning feat of architecture in the city is Durham Cathedral.

Built in 1133, the cathedral showcases Norman architecture, but many say its innovative build foreshadowed the Gothic architecture era. Despite restorations and embellishments throughout the 11th century and beyond, the cathedral is almost identical to the original structure that took 40 years to build.

The Sage

The Sage is a modern example of an iconic monument on Tyneside. The glass and stainless-steel structure is unmissable on the Gateshead quayside and forms a quintessential part of the quayside view.

The building is home to the North East’s vibrant music scene and is renowned on the international stage. As well as offering incredible live performances in the perfect acoustics of the structure, The Sage makes music classes available to safeguard the future of music in the region.

The Sage, Gateshead

Millennium Bridge

Another feat of modern architecture that’s world-famous is the Millennium Bridge. Also known as the blinking eye bridge, it’s the first and only tilting bridge in the world and lights up the Newcastle and Gateshead quayside with its stunning illuminations each night.

Take a walk along the Newcastle quayside to see the Millennium Bridge and observe glorious views of its neighbouring bridge, the Tyne Bridge, built in 1925.

Millennium Bridge, Newcastle Upon Tyne

Jesmond Dene

One of the most spectacular feats of nature in the U.K. is Jesmond Dene. The area is filled with many different types of exotic trees and wooded areas that stretch for three kilometres. You’ll also find the River Ouseburn trickling through, as well as some beautiful small waterfalls to accompany it.

There are plenty of activities in Jesmond Dene too. Take the kids (or even yourself) to visit Pet’s Corner, where you can see animals including alpacas, goats, pot-bellied pigs and plenty of exotic birds. As well as a play park, kids will love the Thomas Train, which runs in the summer. The proximity to the dene and city centre makes Jesmond a great place to live.

Jesmond Dene, Newcastle Upon Tyne

Bessie Surtees

Walk a little further along the quayside, past the Tyne Bridge and Sandhill, to see the historic Bessie Surtees House. A Jacobean home, this building is a glimpse into the past on a terrain filled with spectacular old and new structures.

Its façade and some of its rooms have retained the original design, with a timber-framed structure, sash windows and indoor carved oak panelling.

Penshaw Monument

A taste of Athens right here in the North East? That’s Penshaw Monument. The structure was built to commemorate John Lambton, the first Earl of Durham, and is a symbol of pride for Sunderland and County Durham.

The monument is a stunning piece of structural design viewed from afar and up close, but you can also get a glorious view of the surrounding countryside. Penshaw Monument is lit up at night and is often lit in commemorative colours for special occasions.