Head to Newcastle to admire Antony Gormley’s ‘Angel of the North’ – the UK’s most famous piece of public art. First built in 1998, the statue stands tall at a dizzying height of 20 metres high and 54 metres wide – making it taller than four double decker buses and the largest angel sculpture in the world. Take in the Gateshead Millenium Bridge – the world’s first and only tilting bridge and a must-see landmark in Newcastle, Gateshead. Take a pleasure boat trip up the River Tyne to pass under the bridge, or watch from the banks of the river to see the Millennium Bridge tilting on its axis.
Nestled in the heart of Gateshead, Saltwell Park is one of Britain’s finest examples of a Victorian park and a perfect place for the whole family to enjoy. Its historical and peaceful grounds have earned many awards such as Green Flag and Britain’s Best Park. Relax and unwind in the beautiful green space, follow the park’s many walking and jogging routes, or get active with the family. Enjoy facilities including play areas, a maze and pets’ corner, bowling greens, tennis and basketball facilities or simply enjoy lunch and a hot drink in the stunning surroundings of Saltwell Towers.
Follow the line of Hadrian’s Wall from coast to coast. This 84-mile pathway passes through a landscape that walkers love for its diversity – bracing moorland gives way to cheerful fields; copses open out onto sky-filled vistas, and green spaces eventually give way to dynamic city streets. Follow the path into wild pastures that offer expansive views, before stopping to admire the Roman Vallum and north ditch. Wander the barrack blocks and hospital at Housesteads Roman Fort, set high on its dramatic escarpment. Stop at Walltown Crags for panoramic views across to southern Scotland, the north Pennines and Bowness-on-Solway. Explore the Roman Army Museum at Greenhead or Birdoswald Roman Fort at Gilsland. Enjoy the last piece of upstanding Wall at Hare Hill.
Drive to Tynemouth Castle and Priory, once one of the largest fortified areas in England, for dramatic views across the North Sea and the River Tyne. With its 2000-year history, the castle dominates the headland and provides stunning views. Discover Tynemouth’s story from its original beginnings as an Iron Age settlement, an Anglo-Saxon monastery, a royal castle and a coastal defence, or simply enjoy the view as you lie back and breathe in the sea air.