Once Upon A Tyne

 “Ponder the path of your feet; then all your ways will be sure. Do not swerve to the right or to the left; turn your foot away from evil.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭4:26-27‬ ‭

A few weeks ago, Butch and I set out for an amazing British Isles adventure!  We visited some places that we had never been, and are excited to share them all with you…but be patient – only one at a time!  First stop: Newcastle upon Tyne.  What a lovely city that lies 280 miles north of London on the River Tyne, with a series of seven dramatic bridges!  The weather was cooperative – partly sunny with pleasant temperatures for strolling and discovering all that Newcastle upon Tyne had to offer!
So, let’s go…to Newcastle (Once) Upon (A) Tyne!

A view of the River Tyne with its bridges and The Quayside which is the area along the banks!

Linking Newcastle upon Tyne and Gateshead, the Tyne Bridge is the most celebrated and most iconic of the seven bridges crossing the River Tyne. The bridge was officially opened in October of 1928 by King George V.  The Tyne Bridge is probably most recognized for the annual Great North Run as 52,000 runners pass over the bridge.  The run is the top half-marathon in the world!

 Newcastle loves their football (soccer)!

The Sage Gateshead is a concert venue and also a center for musical education.  It is a curved glass and stainless steel building designed by Foster and Partners, who won the architectural design competition.

The High Level Bridge towering above the Swing Bridge over the River Tyne opened in 1849 by Queen Victoria. It is a two deck rail and road bridge, the trains run on the upper level and road vehicles on the lower.  It is the oldest of the seven existing bridges.

The Swing Bridge over the River Tyne opened in June of 1876

The Gateshead Millennium Bridge is the world’s first and only tilting bridge!  It is a pedestrian and cyclist bridge spanning the River Tyne!  The architects Wilkinson Eyre won numerous awards for its design!

 Newcastle Quayside

Park and charge-up the car!

Standing high above Gateshead Quayside, St. Mary’s Church is a fine example of a medieval town church. It dates back to the late 13th century.

 The spire of The Cathedral Church of St. Nicholas has dominated Newcastle’s skyline and served as a prominent landmark and navigation point for ships in the River Tyne for over 500 years.

The lantern tower of The Cathedral Church of St. Nicholas was built in 1435 and is 197 feet high!

 The nave with its Gothic architecture!

The cathedral is home to a four-manual Grand Organ dating from 1676.

Outstanding stained glass window!  

Grey Street is a fabulous thoroughfare, lined by Georgian architecture dating from the 1830’s.  It runs from the base of the imposing Grey’s Monument down towards the River Tyne. Grey’s Monument, located at the heart of Grainger Town, is the statue of Earl Charles Grey celebrated for his Great Reform Act of 1832.  The wide base of the monument is a popular place for people-watching.  The monument was erected in 1838.  Can you guess what famous tea is named for the Earl?!

 Grainger Street which ends at Grey’s Monument, is one of Newcastle’s most attractive shopping streets.  This thoroughfare is named for Richard Grainger, the architect behind the rebuilding of the city center in 1830.

Grainger Market is a lovely historical indoor market in Newcastle offering fresh local produce, meats, in addition to fabrics, jewelry, and cafes and bistros!
Beautiful and fresh fruits and vegetables in Hector Hall

 Situated in a beautiful building opposite Grey’s Monument is Waterstones Books!

You can imagine my surprise to see the buzz around Harper Lee’s “Go Set a Watchman” !  See my post here: Harper Lee, A Mockingbird, & A Watchman.

Window display at Waterstones

Family friendly Newcastle town center was lively with children and parents enjoying a movie on the large outdoor screen!  Such fun!

Costa Coffee is a British multinational coffeehouse that is the second largest in the world behind Starbucks!  Wonderful cappuccino and free internet!

We enjoyed this elegant gem of a city on the River Tyne!

Thank you for traveling with us!

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  1. Thanks for the tour, Pam. The bridges are very interesting. I have not been in this area so it was nice to get a feel for the city.
    I enjoyed” Go Set a Watchman” recently on audio books.
    Look forward to viewing all your trip. I am well aware how much time and effort it is to post. Thank you.

  2. Esther Maddux says:

    What a fun trip! Pictures are gorgeous as always!
    Both my trips to England did not take me to Tyne nor Newcastle, so this was a real treat!
    Thank you for the tour!!

  3. Kim says:

    Thanks for sharing this beautiful city, Pam! Your pictures of the Tyne look like postcards. I’m glad y’all had such a wonderful time. 🙂

  4. Fantastic pictures Pam, loved this trip around Newcastle. We spent a few days there a year ago and loved it, especially those wonderful bridges and our strolls along the Quayside, watching the Millennium Bridge tilt was quite something.

    • Thank you Joy, your comments mean a lot to me. I looked at your blog to see if you had posted about Newcastle and I didn’t find one, if you did let me know, would love to read. Thinking of you during this time!
      Blessings always,

  5. It’s in my England section Pam under Northumberland – hidden away!!! We had a week exploring the countryside up there and a few days in Newcastle, a wonderful time was had by all. Thanks you for your kind comments too, it means a lot to have thoughts and prayers at this time.

  6. Stephanie says:

    Dearest Pam, thank you for taking us along on your adventure 🙂 My, what beautiful sights and buildings! I am so glad you shared this with Roses of Inspiration, my friend. Hugs!

  7. lelaburris says:

    Love the tour! I always enjoy seeing the photos from your travels. This is such a beautiful place. I’ve been to London and France but never here before. Wish I had known about it last time I was in the area. Thanks for sharing at Inspiration Thursday!

  8. Tara Lehman says:

    What an amazing trip Pam!!! That stained glass window you saw is unbelievably beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing your trip at Dream. Create. Inspire. Take care, Tara

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