October 02nd, 2013 | Tags: Newcastle, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

The historical side to Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Newcastle is notoriously associated with football and brown ale. But there is so much more to the city, with its great history and famous landmarks. Visitors to the city can explore both the ancient and modern aspects of life here.

Perhaps we should start with Castle Keep, which gave the city its name: ‘new castle’. Established by the eldest son of William the Conqueror, it is one of the finest examples of a Norman keep in the UK. It consists of three floors, linked by staircases, which house the Gallery, King’s Chambers, Queen’s Chambers, Great Hall and dungeon. It is also a strategic place to enjoy wonderful views of the city and the River Tyne.
September 06th, 2012 | Tags: Newcastle hidden treasures,

Discover the hidden treasures of Newcastle

If you’ve visited Newcastle you would have discovered the Metro Centre with all its fabulous shops, or taken a trip to Quayside and looked around its museums and galleries. But what if you’re looking for something a little different and unusual to do? We highlight some of the hidden treasures of Newcastle waiting to be enjoyed…

Victoria Tunnel

The waggonway was built in the nineteenth century to transport coal from the Spital Tongues (Leazes Main) Colliery to the river. The Victoria Tunnel was then converted into an air raid shelter to protect hundreds of Newcastle citizens during World War II. It is now an exiting tour that takes you on a subterranean journey through the city’s great history. The tour is run by Newcastle's Hidden Heritage: An Ouseburn Trust Project.

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