Here the historic melds with the contemporary: Hadrian's Wall, built in the days of the Roman Empire and once the country's northern border is still visible (and walkable), while the massive metal statue, the Angel of the North, graces the entrance to Gateshead from the south; Bamburgh Castle on the Northumbrian coast guards against invasion from the sea, while the latest bridge over the River Tyne, the Millennium Bridge gives pedestrian access to Gateshead and the city of Newcastle.
Extensive redevelopment of both the north and south quaysides have attracted prestigious hotels, restaurants, cafes and bars to the area, providing a great base from which to explore town and country.
For me, I always know I'm home when I see the Angel of the North as I drive into Gateshead on the A1 and nothing makes me more proud than seeing the historic Tyne Bridge over the river.
|I'm coming home Newcastle - The Tyne Bridge|
|The River Tyne's iconic bridges: the Tyne Bridge, Swing Bridge and High Level Bridge|
|Looking along the Newcastle quayside towards the bridges. The Sage art and music venue is on the left (Gateshead quayside)|
|Millennium Bridge (pedestrian) links Gateshead and Newcastle (The entire bridge seems to lift up to allow boats to pass, there is a name for it but I'm not sure what it is. It is an amazing sight though)|
|Grey Street, Newcastle, the architecture is beautiful and the shopping is out of this world|
|The Angel of the North guards the entrance to God's Own Country from the south|