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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Gateshead will greet you with open arms. Visitors to the region are greeted by Antony Gormley's famed Angel of the North, which defends the valley below with outstretched arms. The sculpture is 20 metres tall, and the wings stretch 54 metres from tip to tip.
Visit the Angel of the North
Gormley hoped to achieve three goals with the sculpture:
To commemorate the sacrifice of the miners who had laboured for 200 years under the statue's location.
To symbolise the shift from the industrial to the informational eras.
To serve as a focal point for people's changing hopes and anxieties.
The monumental piece of public art is built of steel to symbolise the area's shipbuilding past and is a homage to another renowned landmark in Newcastle, the Tyne Bridge.
The Angel, which was completed in February 1998, is the biggest sculpture in the United Kingdom and the largest Angel sculpture in the world.
To get there, take the 'Angel 21' bus from Newcastle's Eldon Square Bus Station or Gateshead Interchange. The bus arrives at the Angel of the North stop every 8 minutes and takes approximately 20 minutes from Newcastle and 10 minutes from Gateshead.
Sage Gateshead is a highly polished piece of contemporary architecture located on the south bank of the River Tyne in Gateshead. It is sometimes described as the "symbol of Newcastle's revival."
The Royal Northern Sinfonia performs in the glass music theatre, which opened in 2004. It features three performance auditoriums. If you're looking for live music, Sage Gateshead has over 400 gigs, plays, and concerts each year.
Relax at Newcastle City Baths
Newcastle is home to one of the country's only eleven operable Turkish Baths. Since 1928, generations of Geordies have enjoyed the elegant baths on Northumberland Road.
The unisex baths include relaxation rooms inspired by art deco, authentic hardwood booths, a domed glass roof, heated chambers, and invigorating plunge showers. A Hamman and steam room are also available. Newcastle City Baths provide an authentic Turkish Baths experience in the middle of the city.
Take a Newcastle walking tour
Newcastle is a small city that is simple to navigate on foot. If you're short on time, schedule a walking tour with an expert guide to visit all the highlights and learn about the city's history, from its Roman beginnings to the current day.
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
Baltic Flour Mill, often known as BALTIC, is located on the banks of the River Tyne. The structure was developed in the late 1930s and operated as a flour mill in 1950, processing flour for Rank Hovis until 1981.
The mill was converted and reopened in 2002 as the Baltic Centre for Modern Art, one of the world's largest contemporary art venues. With an ever-changing cycle of modern art exhibitions and installations, this stylish Newcastle destination rivals the Tate Modern in London.
In addition to the cultural centre, there is a movie, a bar, and two restaurants. It's an excellent site for spectacular views of the River Tyne, with an outdoor platform on the fourth level and a viewing box on the floor above. This gallery is one of the best things to do in Newcastle, and admission is free.
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