Tyne Pedestrian and Cyclist Tyne Tunnel

Built in 1951
Built in 1951

Closed in 2013

Another tale of municipal ineptitude?

The Tunnel makes for a superb film location

Described as a unique ceramic experience

It’s true value may be realised in the future, if .. and it’s a big if, the tunnel ever reopens

The Pedestrian Tunnel is even less well known than Newcastle’s Victoria Tunnel.

Pedestrian Tyne Tunnel

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Tyneside Cinema

The Tyneside Cinema is one of Newcastle’s top attractions. The building may look unremarkable from the outside but it has a fascinating interior.

Regular tours of the building take place most weeks, just give the cinema a call and tell them you want to go on one. The cinema has a large number of art deco adornments, features which are often overlooked, even by regular local visitors, the building tour is well worth the time.

Tyneside Cinema

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The Tyneside Cinema
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Neptune and Fishwives

The sculptor for Neptune and Fishwives was George Burn and the sculpture stands 1.2m high and 2.8m wide. Neptune is seen standing on two dolphins, trident in hand with two Fishwives on either side traditionally dressed and holding fish and baskets.
George Burn was also the sculptor for the memorials to the Tyne Scullers, Harry Clasper, Bob Chambers and James Renforth, and the monument to Colonel Edward Moseley Perkins and the Head of Garabaldi. 

Cycling between Newcastle and Tynemouth

For 175 Years people have been commuting between Newcastle and the Coast.  Now there is a new way

Cycling between Newcastle and Tynemouth is safe and easy.  A fascinating route, with a myriad of way markers that make the journey very easy to follow.  Along the route you will see: North Shields Fish Quay, Low Light Heritage Centre, the Royal Quays, Willington Quay Viaduct, Neptune Yard, Segedunum Roman Fort, St Peters Marina, Ouseburn and the magnificent Newcastle Quayside.

 

Cycling Between Newcastle And Tynemouth

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Art Deco North Tyneside

West Monkseaton Metro
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The Links Whitley Bay
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The Park Hotel Tynemouth
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Rendezvous Cafe, Whitley Bay. Probably the most filmed location at the Coast, used in multiple adverts, must be a nice little earner for the Council. Companies as illustrious as B.P. have used the Rendezvous for their promo videos. The citizens of North Tyneside have been sitting pretty ever since.

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Dean Street things to see and do

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There is more to Dean Street than first meets the eye. Originally, before the railways came to Newcastle and Central Station was built, Dean Street rather than Grainger Street was the main entrance way to the Town. Visitors mostly arrived via the Quayside and would reach the city centre via Dean Street.

2 Collingwood Street

2 Collingwood Street
2 Collingwood Street

Not many people walking past will even notice this ornate doorway, look closer and the caption “Northern Assurance Company” becomes visible. Collingwood Street was once Newcastle’s Wall Street, festooned with banks and insurance companies.

Northern Assurance Company Ltd
Northern Assurance Company Ltd

Northern Assurance contributed $2.5 Million dollars after the San Francisco earthquake in 1906, the largest insurance payout ever made at the time. Shortly thereafter the company became a limited liability company. Today the doorway is cracked and looking like its suffered itself from an earthquake.

Newcastle has many extraordinary doorways, not just this one.

Newcastle's extraordinary doors
Newcastle’s extraordinary doors

Welcome to Jesmond Dene

William Armstrong and his wife, Margaret, made their home just up the road from here in 1835. They were given land in the Dene as a wedding gift and extended the grounds as their fortunes grew.

Over the next 30 years William Armstrong became one of the most important engineers in the world. He built his wealth on developing hydraulic cranes, bridges, field artillery and guns for battleships. He test his earliest guns by firing across the valley from a field near here.

The Armstrong’s transformed the Dene by planting hundreds of trees and shrubs, creating waterfalls, a grotto and miles of footpaths. It is now a public path for everyone to enjoy.

Today you can see a variety of flora and fauna such as rhododendrons, woodland birds and flowers. If you are lucky you may catch a glimpse of at the striking kingfisher.

Ouseburn Parks Visitors Centre

Welcome to Ouseburn Parks Visitor Centre, gift shop, Millfield House Cafe and Conference Centre

Ouseburn Parks is made up of five distinct green spaces; Jesmond Dene, Paddy Freeman’s Park, Armstrong Park, Heaton Park and Jesmond Vale where there is plenty to see and do.

Please take a look at the visitor centre for more information about events, volunteering, education opportunities, the history and wildlife of the parks

The Shoe Tree


In 1627, Sheriff Babington of Heaton threw his shoes up into the Sycamore to celebrate the birth of his Grandson. Since then residents of Heaton have continued this tradition by throwing their shoes up into the tree, whenever they celebrate a special occasion. The tree, as you can see is full of shoes, though not everyone believes the Sheriff Babington Story.

Newcastle City of Stairs

Red Stairs Swing Bridge
Red Stairs Swing Bridge

Newcastle has some startling stairs or steps, in other places stairs have been turned into major tourist attractions, often by painting them in a variety of colours, or using them to embed art works of one sort or another. Newcastle’s stairs with the exception of the Swan House and Swing Bridge Stairs remain relatively unadorned.

Many of Newcastle’s Stairs link the city centre and the attractive quayside. Navigating from the Quayside presents fewer problems than from the main town. Many of the stairs are difficult to find from the higher ground, most remain unsigned from the main town, there is an opportunity here to produce a major tourist attraction at very little cost.

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