So no longer a Newcastle virgin, I have finally made it to the big city, home of The Likely Lads and Auf Weidersen Pet.
So whilst not a Likely Lad and more of a Likely Lady who likes to travel I am super impressed with the people and what the city has to offer a first time visitor.
Have to say I loved Quayside, an up and coming area and a great place to watch the world go by either on the Quayside promenade or the mighty Tyne. The area is still a work in progress as I spotted several boards advertising the fact that more chain hotels are developing in this area. There are many bars with outside seating areas which makes this a great place to unwind after a day seeing the sights.
Quayside by nature of its position is a great place to get up close and personal with the great bridges which span the river, it’s worth trying to walk over each to get the different views. Walking over the High Level bridge means you get an eye level view of the chimneys and roof tops of some of the older buildings whilst Gateshead Millennium Bridge is very 21st century and leads you to the Baltic Contemporary Art Centre and The Sage I didn’t see the bridge tilting but I can see why they call it the winking eye.
The city is very into its art installations and Quayside has several sculptures decorating the walk way as well as some unusual WW1 commemorative benches. I would certainly recommend a walk to the Ouseburn River ….just follow your nose along Quayside past the Winking Eye. In fact walking back from the Ouseburn as the sun is setting over the cityscape is a great photographic opportunity.
During the summer months Quayside Seaside is an area which offers beach huts and deck chairs so you can definitely sing I do like to be beside the Tyne side! With a Sunday craft market this is a great city to explore for a long weekend. I used Tyne and Wear Metro to travel to and from the airport and also reach the coast, it’s a great transport system and the city is easy to navigate.