The English region of Tyne and Wear is located in the north-east of the country next to the rivers Tyne and Wear. It is made up of five distinct boroughs: South Tyneside, North Tyneside, Newcastle upon Tyne, Gateshead and Sunderland.
Of these, Newcastle is the most populous and consequently, is the most touristy. There is a good selection of hostels to stay at in this city - all without breaking the budget. To visit the Tyne and Wear county, booking a hostel in Newcastle is your easiest, cheapest and most convenient option. Most of Newcastle’s hostels are clean and centrally located, making it perfect for exploring the surrounds.
Soccer fans are in for a treat when visiting Tyne and Wear as Newcastle Upon Tyne is home to the Newcastle United stadium where football matches are often held. If it’s not football season during your trip or you don’t have time to stay for a game, don’t sweat: you can also opt for stadium roof top tour. The picturesque cityscape of Newcastle acts as the backdrop and is absolutely breathtaking.
England’s history is also evident within Tyne and Wear and there are plenty of old sites to see. Arbeia Roman Fort and Museum is worth a look and Newcastle Castle Keep (Newcastle-upon-Tyne), Hylton Castle (Sunderland) and Ravensworth Castle (Gateshead) are all Instagram-worthy.
Another special spot that will appeal to history buffs is Victoria Tunnel. Built in 1842 and situated underground, the tunnel travels from Town Moor to the Tyne. During World War II, it was converted into an air raid shelter to protect British citizens from the bombings. Today, you can take tours of the interesting tunnel.
If that’s not enough to satisfy your history-cravings, you can also embark on a historic tour down Grey Street in Newcastle or visit any of the multitude of museums in Tyne and Wear.
Fans of architecture should check out Gateshead Millennium Bridge, an impressive structure. Alternatively, catching a glimpse at the Quayside or old buildings such as St Nicholas Cathedral is a great way to while away the hours.
Those who are more nature-inclined will be impressed by beautiful waters and green spaces in Tyne and Wear. Venture into Desmond Dene Park, Roker & Seabird Beaches, Saltwell Park, Long Sands Beach or South and North Marine Parks for the best that nature has to offer.
There is also a plethora of restaurants, pubs, bars and theatres, so if you’re more of a night owl, Tyne and Wear has you covered in this regard too!
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