The real thing you notice when you arrive in Newcastle Upon Tyne is the classic accent of the Geordie that has its own inimitable style and the warm welcome from the people in this area. Newcastle Upon Tyne is a large industrial city which has undergone regeneration and has a number of historic buildings and structures of interest.
The bridges over the River Tyne are interesting in themselves particularly the new Millennium Bridge opened in 2000, and the original Tyne Bridge. The Norman Castle here gave its name to this city which has seen Romans, and later its role as a fortress town in defence against the Scots. Go and watch a football match where Newcastle United are playing, try the famous Newcastle Brown Ale and visit the Earl Grey Monument. Newcastle is a maelstrom of bars, clubs and restaurants and has a nightlife scene like no other in the UK.
South of Newcastle the city of Gateshead is known for the Metro Shopping Centre and for the huge Angel of the North on a hill overlooking the A1 as visitors enter the city. Gateshead is fast becoming an arts centre with the opening of the Baltic Arts Centre displaying modern art. Further south on the Tees River the Middlesborough Transporter Bridge is a feat of engineering and an iconic landmark in the North East. Tyne and Wear is an excellent base for exploring the North East and areas like the Cheviots and into Northumbria.
With interesting museums like Bessie Surtees House and religious buildings like St Nicholas Cathedral there is a lot to see and do. It is the welcome and the chatter of the local people that will stay with you long after you have left this great area in Tyne and Wear.