What to see in Newcastle, itinerary including the main monuments and places of interest, including Hadrian's Wall, Norman Castle, St Nicholas Cathedral, Sage concert hall and Angel of the North.
Located in the north-east of England, Newcastle upon Tyne is a city that boasts an interesting cultural and commercial offer.
An imposing steel sculpture by Antony Gormley, depicting the Angel of the North, welcomes the visitor from the top of a hill near the city, at the entrance to Gateshead, the town that is located on the other side of the river.
Newcastle's origins date back to Roman times, when it was founded with the name of Pons Aelius, some traces of the defensive wall called Hadrian's Wall remain from this period, while the city takes its name from the Norman Castle, built by the son of William the Conqueror .
Today from the top of the Castle it is possible to admire a magnificent panorama of the River Tyne and its seven bridges, among which the most famous are the Tyne Bridge and the Gateshead Millennium Bridge.
Historic places to visit include the medieval St. Nicholas Cathedral and the Grainger Town area, the heart of the city, characterized by the Victorian architecture of Gray Street, Clayton Street and Grainger Street.
This area was built in the nineteenth century by the builder Richard Grainger, designed by the local architect John Dobson.
Moving from Victorian to Contemporary architecture, in Newcastle Quayside, along the banks of the River Tyne, there are the old shipbuilding and industrial areas, now transformed into areas dedicated to new activities.
Structures such as the Sage concert hall, designed by architect Norman Foster, and the Baltic Contemporary Art Center, located in an old renovated barn, have been built here.