Around Newcastle upon Tyne – Road.Travel

Around Newcastle upon Tyne

Road Trip Route. Explore local Newcastle culture, Discover the history of the Romans, Visit the home of the first president of U.S..

This trip will allow you to get acquainted with modern and historical Newcastle. As with all trips in England visits to castles destroyed and residential will prevail. Newcastle will definitely amaze you with its innovation. You will have the opportunity to walk on a pedestrian bridge which if necessary rises to skip the ships. On this journey you will learn the Roman part of the history of these places, visit the wall that divided England from north to south. There are also many fortifications and fortresses along this wall. By the way, excavations were recently carried out and in one of those various clothes from children to adults were found.

History and Culture. From: Newcastle upon Tyne

Anastasia Omelchuk. Traveller.

Travel Itinerary and Road Trip Route

Day 1: Beauty of nature

On the first evening of your trip you will go to a park with beautiful and picturesque nature and enjoy the history of this place because there used to be a working mill many years ago.

Jesmond Dene Nature Area

The Valley of Jesmond is a wonderful area to simply walk and relax, the forests are always clean and well maintained with many passages connecting all areas. Previously, there was a working mill but over time it ceased to be necessary due to the industrial revolution and everything began to slowly fall apart.

Marco Polo

It is worth visiting this place to try the amazing beef fillet, spare ribs and cod. Many guests recommend ordering mouth-watering toffee pudding, panna cotta and tiramisu. From the point of view of customers, they offer good prosecco, beer or house wine. Most visitors write that the staff in this restaurant is attentive.

Day 2: The historical part of the city

Today you will get to know the city in detail and walk along the streets and visit the most important locations.

Newcastle Castle

The fortress was built by William of London, one of the legendary Twelve Knights of Glamorgan, between 1168-1178. Newcastle Castle is located in the historic area, where also housed the Anglo-Saxon cemetery, a Roman fort and an earlier fortress built by Robert Curthose. With the construction of the first castle and began the genealogy of the city of Newcastle, famous for its blue lakes and green plateaus between the rocky hills. From the top of the roof opens a great view of the river and the city.

Cathedral Church of St. Mary

This church can not be called old, it was built in the middle of the 19th century. But this is the tallest church in the city, and its spire height of 70 meters became the same hallmark of the city.There were not so many Catholics in Newcastle, and the decision to build such a large church was evidence of their faith. A fundraiser was announced, and by 1842 enough money had been raised to buy a plot of land and invite an architect. It turned out to be Augustus Pugin, known for his work on the Parliament building in London.

St Nicholas Cathedral

The cathedral is named after St. Nicholas, the patron saint of sailors and boats. The first wooden cathedral, built on this site in 1091, burned down in 1216. By 1359, the cathedral was rebuilt in stone, but it became cathedral only in 1882 due to the formation of the Newcastle diocese. The interiors of the cathedral were mainly made at the beginning of the 20th century according to the sketches of local artist Ralph Hadley, after the cathedral became cathedral in 1882. Medieval stained glass windows were broken during the Civil War, only a round stained glass window with the Madonna and Child remained. All other stained glass windows in the cathedral were made in the 18th century.

Panis Cafe

In Pani's you can enjoy Italian cuisine. In this place you can order amazing fish soup, lobster ravioli and antipasti. The waiters serve guests good tiramisu, ice cream and pudding. This restaurant has a cozy atmosphere. Most visitors say the staff is creative.

The Guildhall

The building was designed by Robert Trollop and completed in 1655. The mayor and sheriff were allowed to hold district courts there. It was also the meeting place of Newcastle City Council until 1863, when it moved to Newcastle Town Hall on St. Nicholas Square. This historic building is usually not open to the public, but they have a great guided tour which announce on Facebook, so check it before the visit. Guide will lead you through the history of the Hall and will tell about the Guilds that were so influential in Newcastle. You will see an ancient courtyard and several rooms with stunning oak carvings.

Gateshead Millennium Bridge

Pedestrian drawbridge over the river Tyne. The bridge was designed by Wilkinson Eyre and Gifford engineers. Hydraulic adjustable bridge design allows small vessels to pass along the river. Since its opening, the bridge is a tourist attraction and is periodically divorced only for tourists. The construction of the Millennium Bridge took more than 2 years, but after installation, its dimensions corresponded to the plan with an accuracy of 2 mm. The bridge consists of two parallel decks, differing in height and divided by intermittent walls of shields: one designed for pedestrians, the other for cyclists. Along the footpath there are seats for those who want to enjoy river views longer.

Prudhoe Castle

The Umfraville family at the end of the 11th century built a stone castle on the site of an earlier Norman fortress. At the end of the 12th century, the Scots tried to seize the castle several times, but unsuccessfully, it was perfectly fortified. Over the next centuries, the Prudhoe gradually fell into neglect, many of its parts have collapsed. In 1808–1818, Hugh Percy, 2nd Duke of Northumberland, partially restored the castle, repairing the outer wall and the main tower. In 1966, the castle was handed over to the crown, is now under the protection of English heritage and is open to the public.

Saltwell Park

Its historic and peaceful territory has won numerous awards, such as the Green Flag and the Best Park of Great Britain. Relax and unwind in the beautiful green area. You can enjoy walking and jogging routes, as well as bowling, tennis courts and basketball courts, or simply enjoy lunch and a hot drink in the stunning surroundings of the Saltwell Towers. Saltwell Park was declared People's Choice in 2018 for the second year in a row. The Keep Britain Tidy award was held after a public vote and makes Saltwell Park one of the top 10 in the country - and the only park in the north of England to be awarded this award.

Miller & Carter

All Miller & Carter customers are advised to try the amazing rib-meat, tenderloin and pepper steak. In this place you should order tasty cooked banofi, brownies and toffee pudding. Order a good prosecco, champagne or bourbon. From the point of view of visitors, the staff here is wonderful. According to guests review, the service is amazing.

Day 3: Nature and massive buildings

Today you will travel around the city. There you will see the house where George Washington lived and also discover the Durham city.

Beamish Museum

The Beamish Open Air Museum recreates the big picture of life in the north of England in the early 1800s and 1900s. Unlike ordinary museums, Beamish represents equipment, transportation, tools, costumes and furniture in realistic Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian time, with trained personnel dressed in the clothes of those times and ready to answer any questions you have. Take a step back in time by visiting the main farm, where you can see various animals and observe the daily work of the farm inhabitants, as it was 100 years ago. And then compare it with the village, serving the coal mines.

Grey's Monument

The Gray Monument has been a regular meeting place for locals and visitors since its erection in 1838. It was built to honor services to the nation of Charles, Earl of Gray (1764-1845). The Prime Minister, Earl Gray, a tireless campaigner on the abolition of slavery, launched the Bill of Great Reform in 1832. It is one of the symbols of this city. This area of the trade zone is full of events all day. This area of the trade zone is full of events all day. You can walk along the streets nearby and enjoy the atmosphere of the city.

Washington Old Hall

A small hotel and gardens, but definitely worth a visit, picturesque gardens and wildlife destinations with observation posts. The house is smaller than many places of the national trust, but well presented and well renovated. Informative and truly interested staff. An interesting exhibition about rebuilding places as well. Home of the first president of the United States. Visitors can explore the inside of the Old Hall or the orchard of apple trees in the gardens.

Arabesque

Try Egyptian cuisine at Arabesque. Here you can order the appetizing shin of a lamb, falafel and lamb shawarma. In this place they make good bread pudding, chocolate cake and British bread pudding for dessert. This restaurant offers dishes at affordable prices. Some visitors think that there is an excellent interior.

Durham Castle

The castle was built in the XI century and is a masterpiece of Norman architecture, as well as the Durham Cathedral, located opposite. The castle, made in the style of mott-and-bailey, first served as a defense of the northern borders of England, and then became the residence of the bishops of Durham. In 1832, the residence of the bishops was transferred to the castle of Auckland, located nearby, and in 1837, the Durham Castle was turned into a university college, which is still active today. Now more than a hundred students live in the castle. In 1987, the ancient architectural complex was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with the neighboring Durham Cathedral. The oldest part of the castle open to the public is the Norman chapel, built in 1078 in the Anglo-Saxon style. Durham Castle can only be visited with a guided tour.

Durham Cathedral

Durham City Cathedral is dedicated to Jesus Christ, the Virgin Mary and St. Cuthbert and is a masterpiece of Anglo-Norman architecture. Construction of the Durham Cathedral began in 1093. In the 17th century, after the Battle of Dunbar on September 3, 1650, the Durham Cathedral was used by Oliver Cromwell as a temporary prison for Scots prisoners. The prisoners were kept in terrible conditions, out of 3 thousand more than half died in this cathedral, they were buried in a common grave, which was discovered in 1946. In 2007, a memorial plaque was installed in the cathedral in memory of the Dunbar martyrs. It is known that the Scottish prisoners destroyed almost the entire interior of the cathedral, only the astronomical clock of the Castel priors did not suffer. They were saved only by the image of the Scottish thistle.

Penshaw Monument

It is a copy of the Temple of Hephaestus in Athens. This place rarely called the official name - "Monument to Count Durham." Built in 1844 in memory of John Lambton. By the way, it has a secret spiral staircase in one of the columns. The staircase was closed after a 15-year-old teenager crashed in the 1920s. It was closed for nine decades, although the vandals did break the lock in the mid-1960s, which resulted in short-term unrestricted access. Re-opened the stairs in 2011 for visitors, although it can only be used on certain days.

Bellini

Many guests come to Bellini to taste delicious cooked fillet steak, garlic shrimp and chicken Cajun. They make good ice cream, tiramisu and toffee pudding for dessert. This place offers a good bellini cocktail, homemade wine or beer. Most visitors note that the staff at this restaurant is great.

Day 4: Beauty and power of nature

Today you will visit the botanical garden, will see many beautiful parks and an interesting monument located in the middle of the field.

Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

The museum was founded in 1846, becoming the first museum in the country, created outside the capital at the expense of the local budget. The collection, in addition to exhibits from the field of history and science, from the very beginning included works of fine art. In 1879 the museum moved to the present building with a winter garden (greenhouse). The greenhouse suffered during the Second World War and then was pulled down, but in 2001 a new winter garden was created. Currently, the garden grows more than 2000 flowers and plants from all over the world. Here you can see koi carps and stroll along the viewing platform under the dome.

Souter Lighthouse

Opened in 1871, Souter lighthouse is magnificent spot. For a reasonable fee, you can enter. The views from the lighthouse and around the area are beautiful. The sea is breathtaking. There are beautiful gardens on all sides of the lighthouse. A place with lightkeeper living spaces, also accessible and full of interesting objects. To the south of the lighthouse is the Whitburn Coastal Park and a nature reserve - reclaimed land, now a paradise for wild animals.

The Herb Garden

At The Herb Garden you should try the amazing pizza salad, pepperoni and chicken. For dessert, take a delicious chocolate pudding, tiramisu and ice cream. At this place you will be offered a good chocolate frappe, tea or espresso. Guests enjoy good service.

Gibside Chapel and Grounds

The Gibside is one of the few surviving parks of the 18th century. The estate, commissioned by the coal baron George Bowes. Major attractions include a neoclassical chapel, a restored stable block and great ruins. You will discover a beautiful view of the Dervent valley, winding paths and open spaces. Stroll through the gardens and go for a relaxing walk. Here you can avoid the hustle and bustle in the gardens, woodlands and countryside - ideal for observing wildlife.

South Marine Park

Visitor review: "Beautiful parks near to the fantastic South Shields beaches. I think they were created in Victorian times but they have a lovely layout, stunning lake and, mega bonus!!! A truly real mini steam train running on a small circuit. Cafe chairs great walks and don’t forget the beaches nearby. This is a great location for children as besides the seafront there is a mini seafront fair with rides and attractions too".

Angel of the North

Modern sculpture created by Anthony Gormley. The wings of the sculpture are inclined at an angle of 3.5 degrees forward. The sculptor explains that with this he wanted to create a “sense of embrace”. Work on the preparation of the project began in 1994, the total cost amounted to about 1 million pounds. Most of the funding for the project was undertaken by the National Lottery. The construction of the Angel was completed by February 16, 1998. When it was installed, the Angel of the North caused controversy among locals and in British newspapers, but is now regarded as a landmark in North East England. According to the sculptor, with his work he wanted to pay tribute to the miners who once worked in this region, and also show the transition from the industrial to the information age and embody our hopes and fears.

Church Mouse

This bar serves British dishes. Many customers recommend order a good lamb, roast beef and roast turkey here. Church Mouse is famous for its deliciously cooked toffee pudding, crumble and ice cream. In this place, be sure to try a good ale, beer or wine. Great service a big plus Church Mouse.

Day 5: Journey in Roman times

This day will be filled with different impressions you will go to the place where the fortress of the Roman times was, visit the family house and walk through the parks.

Housesteads Roman Fort

Hadrian's Wall is a giant defensive fortification with a length of 117 kilometers, crossing the British island from north to south from present-day Newcastle to Carlisle. Behind the wall were 16 forts. Every 1300 meters there was a tower-Limes and every 500 meters - an observation tower. Passages and additional fortifications were created near each of the forts. The best-preserved of them is the Roman fortress Housesteads. Hadrian's Wall is a favorite tourist destination in Northern England. Since 1987, it has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From the wall opens a beautiful view of the surrounding area.

Wallington and Gardens

Visit Sir Charles’s impressive home and find out more about this wonderful man and his unconventional family. Explore the history of Northumberland in the huge paintings in the Central Hall or spend time discovering beautiful furniture, precious collections and unusual curiosities in each room. The house is surrounded by an informal landscape with lawns, lakes, forests, parks and agricultural land. Do not miss the hidden garden behind the wall in the forest. Take a stroll through scenic spots, including a walk along the river, to refresh your mind and explore the estate more extensively on foot.

Lezzet Restaurant

Here you can taste dishes of Mediterranean and Turkish cuisine. Many guests point that this restaurant serves a good turkey, assorted grill and grilled lamb. Here you can order good pudding, baklava and yogurt. The restaurant has a convenient location and beautiful interior.

The Biscuit Factory

Biscuit Factory is the UK’s largest independent commercial art, craft and design gallery. Placed in a former Victorian warehouse, gallery premises are located on two floors and demonstrate a wide range of contemporary works of art, sculpture, original engravings and decorations, high-quality handmade products and design. Feedback from this gallery visitor: "...The art throughout the gallery is definitely unique & this is reflected in the prices... however – as most of the artwork is produced by local/North East artists – then it's understandable why these items are not cheap. My favourite artwork out of all the collections were the sculptural items by Peter Sales... especially the life-size ostrich!...".

Richardson Dees Park

Impressions of the visitor from this park: "We often come here with our granddaughter who loves this park and has done from being a toddler. The park is beautifully kept and the equipment is suitable for a wide range of ages. There is a small outdoor gym for adults too near the other park entrance/exit. A mature Victorian park now with its restored bandstand as well as a recently refurbished cafe is suitable for quite a long visit. This summer it has been extremely busy one, we have tended to go a little later in the afternoon when it has been cooler too. A great place for free family fun. We will certainly be going back many times I'm sure".

Wylam Brewery

This place offers delicious burgers, pizza and beef. You'll love a good draft beer, ale or gin. In the evenings there is live music. Guests claim that the staff in this establishment is qualified. You will appreciate the pleasant atmosphere and luxurious interior.

Zizzi

You can order dishes of Italian cuisine. Go to this place to try the amazing prosciutto, rustic pizza and calzone. Here you can order delicious cooked gelato, chocolate cake and brownie for dessert. Order a good prosecco, beer or gin. Quite fast service, delicious food and pleasant atmosphere are all you need for a good evening.

Day 6: Different types of castles

This day will be varied. You will go to castles, abbey and a place that is more than two thousand years. Enjoy the atmosphere of the places.

Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens

Belsay Castle is a medieval castle built between 1439 and 1460 as the home of the Middleton family. In 1614, Thomas Middleton built a new manor, connecting it with the castle tower. The castle was abandoned at the beginning of the 19th century, when Sir Charles Monk, the new owner of the castle, built Belsay Hall which was more modern. During construction, he was inspired by the architecture of the temples of ancient Greece. Near the castle of Belsay and the Belsay Hall manor was laid out a magnificent garden. Belsi Castle is well preserved — the massive four-tier structure is topped with four watchtowers, and inside it there is a large hall, a kitchen, and six small rooms. Visitors can explore this medieval castle and contemplate the stunning view from the top of the tower.

Hexham Abbey

The first church on this site was built in the 7th century, when Saint Etheldrera (630-679), being the queen of Northumbria, granted these lands to Archbishop of York Wilfrid (634-709). Wilfried founded a Benedictine abbey here, the buildings of which were almost entirely built of ancient Roman ruins. In 875, during the Danish invasion of England, Hexham was ravaged, and the abbey was almost completely burned. For a long time the church buildings were in ruins, until at the beginning of the 11th century it was decided to restore the abbey. At the beginning of the 20th century, the stained glass windows of the temple, which can be seen today, were created by the artist Henry Thomas Bosset. In 1996, a chapel for solitary prayers, consecrated in the name of St. Wilfrid, was added to the church building.

Il Piccolo

Be sure to order good crabs here, pizza and sardines. In this restaurant you will be served a good ice cream, tiramisu and cheesecake. Of the drinks here is to try a good coffee. From the guests' point of view the staff here is attentive. This restaurant offers dishes at attractive prices.

Vindolanda

Almost two thousand years ago, the Romans built the fort of Vindolanda in the north of modern England. Being one of the smallest, but at the same time and one of the most powerful, the fort was part of the fortification walls of Hadrian’s Wall, which defended Roman Britain from barbaric raids. Now Vindolanda is one of the most famous Roman monuments in Europe. Due to the unique natural conditions (swampy soil) organic materials are well preserved here: leather, fabrics, wood. Recently, archaeologists discovered a kind of “time capsule” in Vindoland: they unearthed a part of a moat filled with rubbish, among which were scraps of leather, ceramics, skeletons of dogs and cats, as well as shoes. A total of 421 copies were found: babies' shoes, shoes of children and teenagers, shoes for adults (both men and women), bath slippers, home and street shoes.

Aydon Castle

Aydon Castle is a fortified manor built by Robert de Reymes, a wealthy merchant from Suffolk, in 1296. This is a two-story house with a living room, dining room and kitchen on the top floor. However, the location of this manor made it vulnerable to the raids of the Scots, so in 1305 Reims received a license to strengthen it and build loopholes. He also added battlements along the perimeter, turning his mansion into a real castle. In the following centuries, the castle owners changed frequently. In the middle of the 16th century, the castle was reconstructed, and later transformed into a farm. The building continued to be used as a farm until 1966. Then the castle passed under the care of the state, and was restored, adopting its original medieval appearance.

Chopwell Woods

Some impressions from visitors: "We had a lovely afternoon walking around these woods this weekend. Really well maintained pathways and lovely views of the trees and the hills. I even saw a deer. Recommend proper walking shoes for here. It is also great for biking here. Well worth a trip!"

Sale Pepe

This restaurant is worth tasting Italian cuisine. Take good shrimp, bacon and seafood pizza. Sale Pepe is famous for appetizing pudding. According to customers, the wine in this place is not bad. You will appreciate the charming atmosphere and modern relaxation area.

Day 7: Incredible manor and castles

Today you will enjoy various types of castles and visit the beautiful estate that was built in the 18th century.

Seaton Delaval Hall

The manor was built by Sir John Wanbru in 1718 for Admiral George Delaval and was considered perhaps the most beautiful of his creations. The house stood without a roof for about 50 years, and, despite the fact that a lot has already been done, the restoration work is still very far from completion. In 1950, Lord Hastings asked Jim Russell from Sunningdale to plant a flower garden at the site of an abandoned pink alley. Jim Russell is the creator of the world famous tree nursery in Keck Howard in Yorkshire. During the 50s and 60s of the twentieth century, under the direction of the wife of Lord Hastings, hedges and lawns were planted on the site of tennis courts, initiating a beautiful formal garden.

Raby Castle

Raby Castle is one of the most impressive inhabited castles in the UK. Built in the mid-14th century, the castle was the home of Lord Barnard’s family since 1626. The castle’s magnificent interior contains many treasures, including an impressive collection of art by famous artists Alfred James Munnings, Peter de Hooch, David Teniers, Anthony van Dyck. It also presents a rich collection of Meissen porcelain, as well as tapestries and furniture. In addition to the ceremonial rooms and bedrooms, special attention should be paid to the kitchen and the servants' hall on the lower floor.

Tapas Bar

Visitors are offered Mexican and Spanish cuisine. In this place it is worth taking amazing tapas, king prawns and smoked chorizo. Try some good pudding. In this restaurant you can enjoy live music. Most of the guests say that the staff here is great.

Richmond Castle

It was built in 1071 during the Norman Conquest of Saxon England. Alain Le Roux-de-Brittany received the town of Richmond from William the Conqueror and built a castle here to protect against further uprisings and create its own base to rule these lands. The castle became one of the first in medieval England, which had an outer high stone wall. Since the end of the 14th century, Richmond Castle has not undergone major reconstruction. In 1855, Richmond Castle became the headquarters of the armed forces of North Yorkshire, with a military barracks located in a large courtyard. Here was the home of the founder of the Scouts movement, Robert Baden-Powell for two years until 1910, when he commanded the Northern Army.

Eggleston Abbey

Review from visitor: "Egglestone Abbey is an abandoned Abbey on the southern bank of the River Tees approximately 2.4 km south-east of Barnard Castle. Admission is free, and the opening hours are 10am - 6pm. Whilst the Abbey is a complete ruin due to its hard and difficult history it is a great place for a quiet picnic and stroll around the grounds. It is very small and can be explored including a walk around the grounds in 30 minutes. Car parking is also free and it is well worth visiting if you are in the area.." .

Hamsterley Forest

Some review from visitor: "If your idea of a decent walk is a well-defined trail with no map needed then this is for you. We chose the shortest circular route (2.5 miles) and it was lovely. We soon left the crowds at the carpark behind who were mainly parents with small children using the play equipment. Parking is £6 but it's worth it. Toilets on site and a delicious sausage sandwich from the snack van. Water for dogs at the visitor centre would be welcome".

Zen

Here they cook good beef in Thai style, green curry and roll with duck. You'll like good ice cream, toffee pudding and pancakes. About drinks here, you should try a good homemade wine, lager or liqueur. The restaurant has a convenient location and beautiful interior. Most visitors note that the staff in this place is friendly.

Day 8: The last but not least

There is the end of your impressive trip and just before leaving you have an opportunity to spend time in a Botanical Garden.

Botanic Gardens

A guide book written for the Botanic Garden in the early 1970's tells: "The first Botanic Garden in Durham was founded in 1925 when the grounds of the science laboratories where laid out as an experimental garden. As the sciences expanded within the University and more buildings were constructed the garden decreased proportionately, and it was decided in 1969 to move the garden to a new site where it could develop undisturbed and develop an identity of its own". Botanical Garden has been located on this place since 1970. It was created mainly for teaching and research.