If you have or have not been to the “toon” before you will be able to enjoy some of the most iconic sights in and around Newcastle Upon Tyne including the Quayside, the various Museums, Jesmond Dene & Ouseburn in the photographic slideshow below.
First though: Ten top facts about Newcastle Upon Tyne
- Once called Monkchester,( a brilliant read 🙂 ) “New Castle Upon Tyne” owes its name to a wooden castle built in 1080 by Robert Curthose, the son of William the Conqueror.
- The stone Castle Keep was built between 1172 and 1177 by King Henry II & the Black Gate was added later by King Henry III.
- The phrase “taking coals to Newcastle” was first recorded 1538 as a pointless exercise because of a monopoly in the coal trade given to a Newcastle coal cartel, however with the demise of the coal industry in the North East, it’s not so pointless now.
- Newcastle’s Literary and Philosophical Society houses the largest independent library outside of London.
- Urine used to be Newcastle’s third biggest export after coal and beer … read more
- According to the Rough Guide to Britain, Newcastle Upon Tyne’s nightlife is Great Britain’s no.1 tourist attraction.
- Scientists based in Newcastles Centre for Life are the first people in Europe and only the second in the world to get a license for stem cell research on human embryos
- Newcastle Central Station, opened in 1850 by Queen Victoria was the first covered railway station in the world and was copied across the United Kingdom.
- Newcastle’s world famous Tyne Bridge was originally the world’s longest single span bridge.
- Newcastle Upon Tyne is the capital of Geordieland.