It might be a little tiring to climb the 164 steps to the top of Grey’s Monument, named after the 2nd Earl Grey (the same one who named the tea), but it is truly worth it! It offers some of the best views over Grainger Town’s magnificently preserved Georgian architecture and is the perfect spot for selfies.
Connecting Newcastle and Gateshead, the Tyne Bridge is by far the most famous and iconic of the 7 bridges crossing the River Tyne and had once been the world’s longest single span bridge. The Tyne Bridge Towers are opened to the public during the Heritage Open Days in September, and it would be a shame to miss it if you plan to visit Newcastle at fall. Tyne Bridge is also widely-known for the annual Great North Run, when more than 52,000 runners pass over the bridge under the perilous maneuvers of the Red Arrows.
Great North Museum
The Great North Museum features 3 venues: The Great North Museum: Hancock, the Hatton Gallery on the Newcastle University campus and the Regional Resource Centre in the basement of the Discovery Museum.
Popular exhibits include an interactive model of Hadrian’s Wall, objects from the ancient Greeks and mummies from Ancient Egypt, the planetarium and the cast of a T-Rex dinosaur skeleton.
A children’s favorite is the Bio-Wall, featuring hundreds of creatures living in extreme environments, like the Arctic and desert, beside live animal tanks and aquaria allowing visitors to marvel rare creatures such as cichlid fishes, axolotls, pythons, lizards and scorpions. There is also a full size model of an elephant and an display devoted to great white sharks.