Six bridges span the Tyne, with three of them internationally famous for their enshrinement of a revolutionary engineering approach. The High Level Bridge and the Swing Bridge are truly iconic and not to be missed during your trip to Newcastle.
The Quayside has been greatly redeveloped but there are several historic buildings still standing in the Sandhill district, including the Merchants’ Court and Guildhall, which are well worth a visit. Bessie Surtees House is the real jewel in the crown of original architecture, a lovingly restored combination of merchants’ houses dating from the 16th century.
North of the city’s High Level Bridge is the Castle Keep, which should be top of your list of places to visit in Newcastle. Completed in the 12th century, it houses many local archaeological artefacts and you can obtain a panoramic view across the city and river from its tower. The nearby Black Gate, originally the castle’s gatehouse, is now a separate building nearby.
"St Nicholas Cathedral is worth popping into for its fine 15th century architectural features. The iconic feature of the building is its Scottish Crown, a crenellated structure at the top of the main tower. A statue of Queen Victoria stands outside, erected in 1900."Grey’s Monument stands in the heart of the city, built in 1835 to commemorate a Prime Minister, and you can scale its 164 steps for some excellent views across the city.