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10 Famous North East Landmarks

Cameron Mudie Out and about

Northumbria university resides in the heart of the North East of England. With cheery locals and an abundance of famous landmarks, this article will take a closer look at my list of the 10 famous landmarks you have to see during your time at Northumbria.

Angel of the North 

No North-East landmarks list would be complete without the spectacular Angel of the North, first seen in 1998 it was created by Anthony Gormley and has become recognisable worldwide and attracts millions of visitors every year. 

Victoria Tunnel

Running beneath the city of Newcastle, the Victoria Tunnel was used in the 1800’s to transport coal across the city onto the ships docked in the River Tyne. It continued to be utilised during WW2 but for other essential means as it was converted into an air raid shelter to protect the people of Newcastle during the war. Repairs have been carried out over the years, and guided tours have now become available to see this truly historic landmark.

Hadrian’s Wall (Hexham)

Delve into the history books and visit Hadrian’s wall, spanning across 80 miles from coast-to-coast this picturesque world heritage site is fantastic to feel the rich history of the UK and more specifically the North East.

Tyne Bridge

First opened in 1928, the Tyne Bridge has become synonymous with the North East and in particular Newcastle. It provides the main road link between the city centre and the neighbouring Gateshead. With spectacular views from below and whilst walking along – it is truly a phenomenal sight.

Newcastle Castle

Dubbed as the gateway to the old Newcastle, this castle is what gave the city its name. Situated in the city centre, it’s a great excursion away from the hustle and bustle of the busy high streets.

Durham Cathedral 

One of the best-loved cities in the North East, Durham oozes with history and heritage. The Durham Cathedral is a UNESCO World Heritage site, built in 1093. Entry is free, with donations suggested, it is a sight to behold and easily accessible all year round for a great day trip. 

Alnwick Castle 

The second castle to make the list is Alnwick, renowned in the region and set amongst the beautiful Northumberland coastline. It really is one of my favourite places to visit in the North East, a great day trip and one I’ve found is great when friends or family are visiting the region.

Souter Lighthouse 

Not one of the most common landmarks to appear on a list like this, however, I personally find it one the most intriguing. Located in the village of Marsden in South Shields, the Souter Lighthouse was one the world’s most advanced lighthouse of its day. It is symbolic of the North East based fashion brand Barbour, a company which is at the heart of fashion in the region.

Millennium bridge 

One of the most visually appealing bridges, I’ve seen. It was first opened in 2001 and provides a pedestrian and cyclist link between Gateshead and Newcastle. Located on the quayside, it makes for the perfect picture moment for social media, which has become a typical rite of passage for students living in Newcastle.

Bamburgh Castle  

With such history in the region, I have included my third castle to the list. Bamburgh Castle is outstanding, a real moment of delight once you see it for the first time. With guided tours, you will discover historic stories of mystery and mystic. I would recommend visiting during the summer months, as it can be a fantastic day out exploring the Northumberland coastline.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this top 10 article, be sure to look out for more across the course of the semester!  

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