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Newcastle suffered the worst reputations among tourists as most simply considered to be an industrial wasteland and a city where the only things that locals knew how to do were shipbuilding and drinking. Geordies, as the people of Newcastle are called, have done quite well to transform their tarnished image and place Newcastle onto the tourist map. What was once famous for shipbuilding and bare chested locals, is now known for its scintillating nightlife, magnificent parties and a range of fine dining restaurants. Those looking for cultural sights and attractions are also drawn into the city due to its unique industriousness, resilient spirit and most importantly, its locals.

Newcastle is considered to be the starting point for all tours of the Hadrianís Wall and the Northumberland Coast. It is also known for its Geordie culture, boasts of a rich heritage that features dancing and traditional folk music and has its own dialect as well. Founded around 2000 years ago as a Roman port along the Hadrianís Wall, the city reached its peak during the Industrial Revolution. However, after a decline in heavy industry, the economy began to stagnate and the cityís fortunes dwindled. However, after going through a lean patch, the city is now known to be one of the trendiest places in the UK and is home to some of the most beautiful streets in the world. It also offers the best Georgian architectural displays in all of Europe.

Popularly termed as the hipster capital of the northeast, the city offers its tourists with a unique mix of heritage, culture and sophistication and is defined by its growing number of bars, nightclubs, art galleries, upscale hotels and beautiful concert halls. The thing that truly defines Newcastle are the eclectic Tyne bridges.

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1. Castle Keep and New Castle
St Nicholas Street, Castle Garth
What is it? Originally known as Monkchester, Newcastle only got its present name when Robert Curthose, son of the infamous William the Conqueror, built his 'New Castle' on the site of the Roman Fort, Pons Aelius in 1080. Used as a point of defence, the Castle was originally built of wood and timber, but was later rebuilt in stone and today, visitors can explore the remains of the Castle, as well as the Castle Keep built later on the same site by Henry II. Hours of Operation: Daily 9.30am to 5.30pm (April to September); 9.30am to 4.30pm (October to March). Closed Good Friday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day. Last entry is 30 minutes before closing time Phone:(0)191 232 7938



2. Hadrian's Wall
What is it? In order to separate the Roman Empire in Britain from the 'Barbarians,' in AD122 Emperor Hadrian ordered the building of an impressive wall. Taking approximately six years to complete, the Wall stretches for roughly 80 miles (120km) from South Shields to Ravenglass, passing through present-day Newcastle. Dotted along the Wall are several forts, temples, turrets and milecastles and visitors can explore these fascinating 2,000-year-old remains, as well as the surrounding countryside. Hadrian's Wall was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. Hours of Operation: Phone:(0)1434 322 002



3. BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
South Shore Road, Gateshead Quays
What is it? The BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Arts is a unique and fascinating collection of ever-changing exhibits, set in an old flourmill on the south bank of the River Tyne. The biggest gallery of its kind, the Centre allows visitors to explore the innovative and unusual world of top contemporary artists, both local and international. The BALTIC Centre also plays host to various performances, activities, talks and visitors have an opportunity to interact with the latest artist-in-residence. Some of the Centre's past, present and future exhibitors include Sam Taylor-Wood, Wang Du, Susan Hiller and Keith Haring. Hours of Operation: Daily 10am to 6pm; Wednesday 10am to 8pm. Last entry is 15 minutes before closing Phone:(0)191 478 1810



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