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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Charles Avison 1709-1770 composer. The foremost English concerto composer of the 18th century; lived and worked in a house in Rosemary Lane in the 1730s when he was appointed Organist to St John’s and St Nicholas Churches
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 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.