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? ...standing on the quayside on a sunny morning, you realise there's more to bridges than just crossing a river!

With a passion for living and a warm and vibrant culture, bursting with city chic. Cosmopolitan enough for the most culture conscious of groups. History and Heritage NewcastleGateshead boasts a plethora of museums and art galleries, many of which are free. The newly opened flagship museum - the Great North Museum: Hancock offers 11 galleries packed with national treasure from all over the world. Whilst best for an insight into Tyneside life is the Discovery Museum. The Romans were inspired by Newcastle and its surrounding area as it was two millennia ago, inspired enough to stay for a period of over 400 years! The Roman Forts of Segedunum and Arbeia are proof of their attachment to the area and, of course, Hadrian’s Wall ended at Wallsend in North Tyneside. Their legacy is everywhere. Cosmopolitan Cities Sunderland, like Newcastle, is a major north east city. Where Newcastle has the River Tyne, Sunderland has the River Wear and the similarity does not end there. This is another vibrant university city with its own artistic and cultural attractions like the award-winning Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens with its works by LS Lowry and the National Glass Centre with its workshops and displays of the glassmaker’s artwork. For evening entertainment, nothing surpasses the Victorian splendour of Sunderland's Empire Theatre where some of the best West End shows are staged.



THERAPY - you'll find something for everyone, in abundance! I love the fact you can shop with a clear conscience, because you know you deserve it and it does you good as well! But with so much to choose from, perhaps a little friendly advice could help? ”

National Glass Centre, Sunderland

For those with a 'penchant' for shopping there is an abundance of big names and quirky stores! In NewcastleGateshead there is Grainger Town, Eldon Square and the MetroCentre, still one of the largest indoor shopping centres in Europe, as well as discount shopping at the Royal Quays in North Tyneside. And after a few hours of retail therapy there are always the street cafes and one of the largest selection of international restaurants anywhere in the UK. Perhaps it is the architecture, perhaps its the history, the culture, the people, the attractions, but there is a strong affinity to this diverse area felt by the groups that come here and many return to see what they missed the first time around.

JAN WILLIAMS, North East England Blue Badge Guide

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One North East Group Travel Guide 2010  
One North East Group Travel Guide 2010  

2010 edition of the Group Travel Guide for the North East of England.