Newcastle and Gateshead are a mix of the modern and historic, renowned for its excellent shopping and amazing nightlife. But the area has much more to offer - explore the beautiful ancient city walls and castle, enjoy the stunning quayside with its waterfront bars and galleries, dine in one of the many great restaurants and cafes and don't miss the fantastic public art such as the Angel of the North.
MetroCentre is the largest shopping and leisure centre in Europe and offers a not to be missed shopping experience with high street outlets, department stores and speciality shops in atmospheric themed areas. With more than 300 shops and stores, leisure facilities including an 11 screen cinema, Megabowl bowling alley and Quasar Laser plus more than 50 places to eat and drink.
Less than ten miles east of Newcastle city centre is the picturesque village of Tynemouth, dominated at the seaward end by the magnificent English Heritage attraction of Tynemouth Priory and Castle. The relaxed atmosphere is perfect to browse the many antique shops and enjoy a coffee and cake in one of the cafes. The nearby Victorian Metro station has a lively market at weekends selling a wide range of goods such as books, music and household bric-a-brac. This area of the north East of England is also famed for its miles of unspoilt coastline, with golden sands and stunning cliffs. Award winning beaches stretch right down the coast all providing an ideal location whether you want to find a quiet cove to relax, take a stroll along the cliff tops or enjoy many coastal activities such as water sports. A short distance inland brings you into `Hadrians Wall Country'.