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15 March 2024

Where to explore on World Heritage Day in Newcastle

With World Heritage Day approaching it’s time to get your shoes on, get out into the fresh air, and explore the amazing historical sights of Newcastle. A city oozing with history and culture, you’re really in the ideal spot to explore this World Heritage Day and what better way to do it than on a lovely spring day? So, why not look at our top picks for the best cultural hotspots in Newcastle, grab a coffee, get your shoes on, and get exploring.

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Grey’s Monument

Earl Grey – no, not the tea although we wouldn’t be opposed – sits right at the top of Grey’s Monument, in the heart of Newcastle city centre. This cultural landmark dates back to 1838 and commemorates Earl Grey’s political involvement in passing the Reform Act back in 1832. For the best view of this iconic monument, we recommend you head halfway down Grey Street and gaze up at the iconic monument in the heart of the city. You can thank us later.

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Millennium Bridge

We love to take a wander along the beautiful Quayside and take in the stunning views along the Tyne, but the views are not the only thing to look out for. The River Tyne has so much to offer – restaurants, art galleries, music venues and also seven (yes, seven!) iconic bridges along the river. The Millennium Bridge is one of the most culturally significant bridges on the Tyne, and you can watch the bridge tilt from the bank of the Quayside – yes you read that right, and no we’re not kidding. The bridge is famous for tilting to its side, and it happens more often than you’d think. If you’re wondering why this strange capability was added, it was so that when boats needed to get out from the docks to the sea, the bridge could allow for them to pass underneath and when this happens, you’ll likely see a queue of people waiting on either side, so make sure you’re not on your commute when you see it happen!

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Angel of the North

Just a short bus ride away you can visit the sensational Angel of the North. The Angel is something known nationally to be the icon of the north; and is a cultural hotspot that is unmissable when you head into the city centre. The Angel was built in 1998 and it is a meaningful symbol to many Geordies across Newcastle. You can walk up to the Angel and see how big she is to scale, and then gaze across the hills covering Durham, making The Angel of the North one unmissable heritage you need to visit when you come to Newcastle.

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Newcastle Castle

The Newcastle Castle stands tall in the heart of the city centre and is something that has so much history within its walls that it even gave Newcastle its name. The castle was built in 122AD by the Romans, and was given the name ‘Novus Castellum’ meaning New Castle. Fun fact, right? The castle that everyone loves today is now open to the public, with lots of shows, events, and so much more to do right in the heart of the city centre. With the building that gave the city its name just two minutes from our building, why not head down and take in the stunning Roman architecture after work?

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Grainger Market

The Grainger Market is a beautiful Grade-II listed building right in the centre of Newcastle bustling with independent food vendors and businesses. The market was originally opened back in 1835 by John Dobson who designed the stunning architecture that you can see in the building. Just like the markets today, it opened almost 200 years ago to host food vendors and feed the people of Newcastle, and we think that the incredible atmosphere and stunning stalls still resonate today. So 188 years later, you can still pop down to the markets and get a good bite to eat, some fresh fruit and veg and take in the stunning architecture of the building.

So, why not head into Newcastle this World Heritage Day and explore the history of the city and what it has to offer? With so many sights to see, it’s time to celebrate the culture of Newcastle and take in some stunning sights.

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