Newcastle upon Tyne Journals

A weekend in Newcastle

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A travel journal to Newcastle upon Tyne by MichaelJM

St. Pauls Church and Monastery Photo, Jarrow, England More Photos
Quote: We were spending part of our first trip to the North-East with friends who had been born and bred in the area. We were going local for a few days....

Newcastle City Centre

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Attraction | "A tour of the City Centre"

Newcastle City Centre Photo, Newcastle upon Tyne, England
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Whilst staying with friends in South Shields it seemed essential that we should explore the centre of Newcastle and what perfect way to do it with people who know the area well. We’d taken the metro into the centre of Newcastle and this is probably the best and most cost effective way to get there. The trains run very frequently and they’re not expensive and from the station we could easily do a circular walking tour of the town. Indeed at the station and tourist information centre we picked up a free map which is designed to help visitors enjoy a walking tour of the main sites.However, as we were being led around the town we just had to keep up with our friends and snap the camera at the ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 3, 2011

Newcastle City Centre
Central Business District
Newcastle upon Tyne

Whitley Bay

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Attraction | "A disappointing town but the Church saved the day"

Whitley Bay Photo, Newcastle upon Tyne, England
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For some reason, best known to myself, I believed Whitley to be one of the prettiest seaside villages in the North-East. Well it just proves how wrong you can be! Perhaps it’s the fact that Whitley Bay sounds picturesque, or was it that I was confusing it with Whitby and the nearby Yorkshire fishing village of Robin’s Hood Bay.The town does have history stretching back to the 12th Century and with the Victorian’s interest in train travel, spa town and seaside villages Whitley Bay was really very popular in the 19th century. It is said that Whitley Bay once equalled its West coast rival, Blackpool, although there’s now very little sign of an earlier prosperity. Of course it was close ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on September 24, 2011

Whitley Bay
Off the A191 from Newcastle
Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England NE2 2TJ
+44 191 200 8535

Bede's World

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Attraction | "A fascinating museum of ecclesistical life "

Bede's World Photo, Newcastle upon Tyne, England
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Bede’s world was operating a "free admission" weekend when we were up in South Shield’s so we naturally took advantage of the offer. The Venerable Bede was born in, or around, 672 in Northumberland. He received a holy education from a local abbot and at 30 he became a priest. It seems that he spent his entire adult life in a Jarrow monastery and lived to the ripe old age (well it was in those days) of 62. There are two distinct areas to the centre. Firstly the museum with its shop and interactive exhibitions and secondly the outside farm and reconstructed village area. We entered the museum first and learnt a lot about Bede.Although now known as the Venerable Bede this was not ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 23, 2011

Bede's World
Church Bank
Jarrow, England NE32 3DY
+44 191 489 2106

St. Paul's Church and Monastery

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Attraction | "a 7th Century Church and Monastery"

St. Paul's Church and Monastery Photo, Jarrow, England
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Back out of Bede’s World we walked through the grounds of Jarrow Hall which is best described as an elegant Georgian Building. This grade II listed building has fine views over the old monastic estate through which Bede would have walked as a monk. Showing inside was an exhibition on the "life and times of Jarrow Hall" showing details of the Hall’s history and inhabitants. Perhaps a little dry especially as we’d already spent a fair time checking out the main Bede museum. So we didn’t tarry here too long before heading off across Drewet’s Park, to look at St Paul’s Church.We didn’t have long to look around the Church as a wedding was about to take place but I managed a quick look around be...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 23, 2011

St. Paul's Church and Monastery

Jarrow, South Shields

Barter Books

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Attraction | "Books and railway Stations"

Barter Books Photo, Alnwick, England
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On our way down to Newcastle we decided to stop off in Alnwick to check out one of the largest second-hand book shops in England. Alnwick is only about 35 miles north of Newcastle and it’s an easy run up the A1 road.Now visiting Barter Books you get a double helping of interest because as well as being a huge shop of books the business has taken over the disused Victorian Railway Station and preserved many of its original features.Alnwick station was built in 1887 to replace a more austere original station of 1850. Alnwick was, like many stations, built to impress and as "people of note", including many Royals, visited Alnwick Castle the owners of North Eastern Railways were determin...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 22, 2011

Barter Books
Alnwick Station
Alnwick, Northumberland
+44 (0)1665 604888