A Selection of Places To Visit in Tyne and Wear
Upside Down Presents
Nestled in the heart of Newcastle NE1 Quayside district, sandwiched in between the Castle and the Tyne Bridge, (one of the most cultural places to visit in Tyne and Wear) is the unique UpSide Down Presents, 61 Side to be precise.
Offering local gifts, magnets, postcards, mugs, tea-towels, candles and more – as well as highly originalgreeting cards and other keepsakes and rare bits and bobs you just have to have.
Bessie Surtees House
Housed on bustling Newcastle Quayside, Bessie Surtees House consists of two merchant’s houses. Bessie Surtees House is a great find and one of the most historical places to visit in Tyne and Wear. The houses are grade 1 listed buildings which have been owned and maintained by English Heritage since 1989. The buildings (addresses were originally nos 41 and 44 Sandhill) are very rare; built in Jacobean times (The reign of King James 1). Bessie Surtees house is famous because the lady the house is named after eloped with John Scott a coal merchants son, who eventually became the Lord Chancellor of England. John Scott, became Lord Eldon, when he entered the House of Lords in 1799 READ MORE
Silksworth Sports Complex and Ski Slope
Silksworth was a small mining community in Sunderland, although most of the links back to a vibrant mining community have all but disappeared. It now proudly boasts the Silksworth Sports Complex, which is a must go to venue for visitors to North East England. With 3 dry ski-slopes, for all you skiing enthusiasts to practice, 2 lakes which are brilliant for anyone who wants to while away the hours fishing, a lovely picnic area, and for the kids an adventure playground, as well as a skating park. For the more sportier there is an athletics track, tennis courts, soccer and hockey pitches. READ MORE
Centre for Life – Science Centre
All areas of the Science Centre including major exhibitions, the planetarium, 4D Motion Ride and Science Theatreare included in the Science Centre ticket. Special events may have separate pricing; visit the What’s On page for details. Food and drinks are sold separately in the cafes.
Want a Science Centre ticket? Buy your tickets from Science Centre reception on the day of your visit. Online booking not available. READ MORE
Wet and Wild
Kids and Adults will have lots of fun at Wet and Wild, with brilliant slides and water fun, with features for all ages. It seems like this great attraction has been entertaining the people of the North East of England for ever! But it’s still never lost it’s wide appeal. There is something for all the family and it’s a perfect day out over the Holidays. Check the timetable for opening times, and with prices from £2.95 it’s not to be missed. READ MORE
The Biscuit Factory
Situated just outside of Newcastle City Centre, the Biscuit Factory, is hosting a Spring Exhibition over the Easter Holidays. The exhibition actually begins in early March and runs until May. As well as seeing the exhibition, the Biscuit Factory is an unusual place to visit, offering afternoon tea, or lunch, visitors can eat in the Factory Kitfchen, or the Artisan, headed by Andrew Wilkinson who was voted North East Chef of the year. READ MORE
St Marys Island
Built in 1898, St Marys Island is a prominent and important historical landmark to see when visiting North East England. The lighthouse was in use until 1984 and was a beacon for sailors and travellers on the stormy and unpredictable North Sea. It is now a visitors centre, owned and maintained by North Tyneside Council. READ MORE
Animal Handling at For Paws
Every half term at For Paws, Gosforth, we host wonderful animal handling events. We regularly open our doors for people in the community to come in and see how wonderful our residents are! Come along and meet some cracking animals including spring chicks, baby tortoises, baby guinea pigs, snakes, skinks, rabbits and many many more! READ MORE
Gibside Country Estate
Gibside is a country estate, hosting a beautiful landscaped garden, owned by the National Trust and nestling in the beautiful Derwent Valley. The Derwent Valley can be found between Rowlands Gill and Burnopfield, in Tyne and Wear. The National Trust acquired Gibside in 1965, it was previously owned by the Bowes-Lyon family.
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