Information about flights to Newcastle
Newcastle not only has an astonishing industrial legacy, it is also one of Britain's premier retail and nightlife centres, featuring one of the country's largest shopping complexes, the MetroCentre. Linking the city to Gateshead to the south is the Millennium Bridge, which opened in 2001 and won the Outstanding Structure Award by the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering in 2005.
See the majestic Grade I listed Theatre Royal building on Grey Street and enjoy world-class opera, theatrical performances and dances. This formidable landmark dates back to the Edwardian period and was designed by the esteemed architect Frank Matcham, who was also commissioned to build many other famous theatres such as the Grand Theatre of Blackpool and the London Hippodrome.
The Castle Keep
Built during the reign of King Henry II in the 12th century, the Castle Keep is one of the best preserved castle keeps in the UK. It is also designated as a Scheduled Ancient Monument and was built on the site of a much older former Roman fort, although archaeologists have found evidence of human activity in the area dating all the way back to the prehistoric period.
The Discovery Museum
At the Discovery Museum, you can take a glimpse into Newcastle's maritime past and observe the Turbina, the first ship in the world to be powered with a steam turbine. This venue contains some of the best collections of scientific and industrial artefacts in the country, and explores Newcastle's role in the Industrial Revolution as one of the world's principle shipbuilding centres.
Nearby – The Angel of the North
The Angel of the North is a unique steel sculpture that is shaped like an angel and has stood over Tyne and Wear since the 1990s, requiring 600 tonnes of concrete for its construction. Due to its striking appearance and eye-catching design, many residents in Gateshead and Newcastle prefer to refer to the landmark as the Gateshead Flasher.