Newcastle is a vibrant mix of the contemporary,
cultural, stylish and historic and famed across the
world for its captivating welcome. The origins of Newcastle
can be traced back to Roman times and the city takes
its name from the Norman Castle built by the son of
William the Conqueror. Today, Newcastle is a lively
and cosmopolitan city that manages to perfectly mix
the very best of old and new.
Departing from the ship begin your tour with a visit
to Antony Gormley's Angel of the North. Already beginning
to rival the Tyne Bridge as an iconic representation
of north-east England, the Angel of the North is the
largest sculpture in Britain. It is constructed of weathering
steel, it both pays tribute to the long industrial heritage
of the region, and symbolises the ability of local people
to rise to the challenges of a post-industrial future.
Returning to Newcastle City centre our next stop is
the newly restored Grainger Town area. Characterised
by the unique Georgian style architecture of Grey Street
(recently commented upon as being the finest street
in England), Clayton Street and Grainger Street, is
the historic heart of Newcastle upon Tyne. Enjoy a brief
walking tour around this area before continuing by coach.
Visit magnificent St Nicholas' Anglican Cathedral,
and then the beautiful Gateshead Millennium Bridge across
the River Tyne. Leaving your coach and walk with your
guide across the Millennium Bridge to visit the former
Baltic Flour Mill on the Gateshead bank of the Tyne
which has been converted into one of the largest international
centres for modern art outside London.
Enjoy time at leisure to enjoy this contemporary museum
or perhaps use the various restaurants and café’s
available here before rejoining your coach and guide
for the return drive to your awaiting ship.