86 attractions you should visit in Tyne and Wear - With photos & details

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Top 86 attractions to explore in Tyne and Wear

Tyne and Wear is a metropolitan county in North East England. The county is bordered to the north by Northumberland, to the south by County Durham and to the east of the county lies the North Sea. It is the smallest county in North East England by area, but by far the largest in terms of population.

Angel of the NorthDurham Rd, Low Eighton, Gateshead NE9 7TY, UK

The Angel of the North is as much a part of Gateshead's identity as the Statue of Liberty is to New York. Since it first spread its wings in February 1998, it has become one of the most talked about and recognisable pieces of public art ever produced. The work faced considerable opposition during its design and construction phases, but is now widely recognised as an iconic example of public art and as a symbol of Gateshead and of the wider North East.

Arbeia, South Shields Roman FortBaring St, South Shields NE33 2BB, UK

Arbeia was a large Roman fort in South Shields, Tyne & Wear, England, now ruined, and which has been partially reconstructed. It was first excavated in the 1870s and all modern buildings on the site were cleared in the 1970s. It is managed by Tyne and Wear Museums as Arbeia Roman Fort and Museum.

Baltic Centre for Contemporary ArtS Shore Rd, Gateshead NE8 3BA, UK
Art Galleries

Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art is a centre for contemporary art. It hosts a frequently changing programme of exhibitions and events, with no permanent exhibition. It opened in 2002 in a converted flour mill.Housed in a landmark industrial building on the south bank of the River Tyne in Gateshead, BALTIC presents a dynamic, diverse and international programme of contemporary visual art. One of the iconic attractions in this area and also you can spend some nice time enjoying the arts.

Barnes Park7 Barnes Park Rd, Sunderland SR4 7PY, UK

A beautiful historic park in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear. . A reasonably size park with some nice walks and views. Good sized playground for the kids. Park was clean and tidy with the flowers starting to bloom. Little cafe next to car park. A good place to walk dogs.

Bessie Surtees' HouseBessie Surtees House, 41-44 Sandhill, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3JF, UK
Iconic Buildings

A Jacobean home with a romantic history now contains offices, an exhibition space and splendid period interiors that are open to the public and free to visit. The buildings are a fine and rare example of Jacobean domestic architecture. An exhibition detailing the history of the buildings can be found on the first floor. The site is also home to the North East regional branch of English Heritage and Historic England. It is a Grade I listed building.

Bowes RailwaySpringwell Rd, Gateshead NE9 7QJ, UK
Man-made Structures- Other

Bowes Railway was originally a colliery railway built to carry coal mainly from pits in north west Durham to the Tyne at Jarrow.  It was built by George Stephenson in 1826, is the world's only operational preserved standard gauge cable railway system. The railway is open every week on Thursday, Friday and Saturday as well as on a number of event days throughout the year.

Civic CentreCivic Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7PG, UK
Iconic Buildings

The Civic Centre is a central landmark in the heart of the regional capital, Newcastle upon Tyne.   It is the main administrative and ceremonial centre for Newcastle City Council. Designed by the city architect, George Kenyon, the building was completed in 1967 and was formally opened by King Olav V of Norway on 14 November 1968. It is a Grade II* listed building.

Cluny Recording Studios36 Lime St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 2PQ, UK
Man-made Structures- Other

The Cluny is a 300-capacity live music venue, pub and café, on Lime Street, in the Ouseburn Valley area of Newcastle upon Tyne, England. Based in a former flax spinning mill, The Cluny occupies part of the wider building at 36 Lime Street, sharing the space with artists, offices and recording studios. The Cluny is a regular fixture in the top 100 list of World's Best Bars, and is currently the only pub in Newcastle upon Tyne to make the list.

Collingwood MonumentTynemouth, North Shields NE30 4DD, UK

The Collingwood Monument is a Grade II* listed monument in Tynemouth, England, dedicated to Vice Admiral Lord Cuthbert Collingwood. A Napoleonic-era admiral noted for being second-in-command to Admiral Lord Nelson during the Battle of Trafalgar, Collingwood is sometimes referred to as the forgotten hero of Trafalgar. The position of the monument marks Collingwood's family connection with North Shields and allows the statue to be seen from the sea and the river

Discovery MuseumBlandford Square, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4JA, UK

The Discovery Museum is a science museum and local history museum situated in Blandford Square in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. It displays many exhibits of local history, including the ship, Turbinia. It is managed by Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums. The collections were housed in a temporary pavilion built for the 1929 North East Coast Exhibition in Exhibition Park, Newcastle.

Down At The FarmStoneygate Ln, Houghton le Spring DH5 8JG, UK
Dunston StaithsTeams, Gateshead NE8, UK

Dunston Staiths on the River Tyne is believed to be the largest timber structure in Europe, at its height, 5.5m tonnes of coal a year was taken by rail from the Durham coalfields and loaded from the staiths onto ships waiting on the river, which transported coal around the British Isles and Internationally. Today, this magnificent feat of architecture stands as a tribute to the ambition of British engineers during the Victorian period.

Exhibition ParkClaremont Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 4PZ, UK

Exhibition Park is a beautiful park close to Newcastle City Centre complete with Victorian bandstand and small, boating lake home to swans and ducks.   The park is home to numerous facilities including sports areas, a boating lake, playgrounds and a skatepark.

Fish QuayFish Quay, North Shields NE30, UK
Man-made Structures- Other

North Shields Fish Quay is a fishing port located close to the mouth of the River Tyne, in North Shields, Tyne and Wear, North East England, 8 miles east of the city of Newcastle upon Tyne. The quay was originally located here to serve the nearby Tynemouth Castle and Priory.  The Fish Quay was once the biggest kipper producer in the UK, but the fall in herring stocks has reduced the trade to a single smokery. A number of traditional smokehouses still exist but have been converted to other uses.

Gateshead Millennium BridgeS Shore Rd, Gateshead NE8 3BA, UK

Gateshead Millennium Bridge is the world's first and only tilting bridge, and was designed by Ramboll with Wilkinson Eyre. Made of steel and designed with the aid of LUSAS Bridge analysis software, the bridge stands 45m high and spans 105m across the River Tyne to provide a link for pedestrians and cyclists between the newly revived Newcastle quayside and the Gateshead quayside opposite.

Gleann OuseburnGleann Ouseburn, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
Outdoors- Other

The Ouseburn Valley is the name of the valley of the Ouseburn, a small tributary of the River Tyne, running southwards through the east of Newcastle upon Tyne, England. The name refers particularly to the urbanised lower valley, spanned by three impressive bridges, which is nowadays a cultural and social oasis close to the centre of Newcastle.

Gosforth Nature ReserveLake Lodge, Salters Lane, Gosforth NE3 5EP, UK
Outdoors- Other

Gosforth Park Nature Reserve is a nature reserve in Newcastle upon Tyne. It includes extensive woodland and wetland habitats and is managed by the Natural History Society of Northumbria. The reserve is part of Gosforth Park, the old estate of Gosforth House.  There is also a small area of meadow, which contains plants such as heather and northern marsh orchid.

Grainger MarketGrainger St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 5QQ, UK
Street Markets

Grainger Market is a busy, vibrant market which still plays a role in Newcastle's bustling shopping and dining culture, nearly 200 years after it first opened. The covered market is situated in the centre of Newcastle, a stone's throw away from Grey Street and the city's iconic Grey's Monument.

Great North Museum: HancockBarras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 4PT, UK

The Great North Museum incorporates collections from the Hancock Museum and Newcastle University’s Museum of Antiquities, the Shefton Museum and the Hatton Gallery. it is a museum of natural history and ancient civilisations and most of its collections are owned by the Natural History Society of Northumbria, and it is managed by Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums on behalf of Newcastle University.

Grey's Monument150 Grainger St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 5AF, UK

Grey's Monument is a prominent landmark in the centre of Newcastle. It was built in 1838 to commemorate Charles Earl Grey and the reforms he achieved. The statue of Grey stands on a 134 ft. stone column. The monument has a viewing balcony accessed via a spiral staircase with 164 steps inside the column.

Map of attractions in Tyne and Wear