Newcastle-upon-top Tyne's range of things to do revolve around its industrial legacy and vibrant cultural scene. All of this is combined with a recognised nightlife, urban elegance, and a heaping serving of excellent gastronomy.
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Let's get into Part 3 of our Newcastle bucket list!
Go Underground at Victoria Tunnel
This top Newcastle attraction is located underground. An interesting tour of a portion of the 2.4-mile Victoria Tunnel will provide insight into Newcastle's industrial powerhouse days and how the tunnel saved the city's people during WWII.
The tunnels, which extend up to 85 feet (26 metres) beneath Newcastle's streets, were built between 1839 and 1842. They were made to deliver coal downhill from Leazes Main Colliery to the Tyne River by coal cart.
The tunnel was closed in the 1860s but reopened in 1939 as an air-raid shelter. During WWII, many Newcastle residents sought refuge in the tiny tunnel.
Cross the Gateshead Millennium Bridge
The Gateshead Millennium Bridge, built in 2001, is the newest of Newcastle's seven bridges. The tilting bridge, which crosses the Tyne immediately adjacent to the BALTIC, is intended for walkers and bikes.
The bridge spans the River Tyne for 126 metres and takes 4.5 minutes to tilt. At night, the 50-meter-high bridge is illuminated with stunning shifting coloured LED lights, creating magnificent reflections on the river.
Quayside Sunday Market
Newcastle's Sunday market is held on the Quayside. It's an excellent spot to get some local crafts, a street food breakfast from one of the food trucks, or anything else you could need.
The road is blocked to traffic, and there is a pleasant buzz and many vendors to visit. The Newcastle Quayside Market is open from 9.30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Newcastle side of the river, between the Swing Bridge and the Gateshead Millennium Bridge.
Earl Grey Monument
Grey's Monument is located at the north end of Grey Street. The 135-foot column from which the second Earl Grey looks down Grey Street is impossible to miss.
The Monument honours the Earl and his tenure as Prime Minister, during which he was the author of the 1832 Reform Bill, which transformed Britain's electoral system. His administration was also responsible for eradicating slavery over most of the British Empire.
In the summer, visitors can climb the 164 steps to the summit of this Newcastle landmark. Head to the top of the column with Grey Monument tours for spectacular city views.
We hope you enjoyed our Newcastle bucket list essentials. As you can see from our three-part series, there are endless things to do in Newcastle - making it the perfect destination for a weekend away.
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