Tyne and Wear

Tyne & Wear in the north east of England is ideal for a weekend break – whether you live in Scotland or as far south as London, given the rail links to the region. Enjoy a retail experience, party away the nights or visit a host of attractions in the industrial heritage of Newcastle, Sunderland, Gateshead and South Shields.

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Tyne and Wear Overview

Welcome to Tyne and Wear

The north east county of Tyne and Wear, named after the two main rivers in the county, borders Durham and Northumberland, with the North Sea lapping against its coastline.

Tyne and Wear has a population of around 1,200,000 people. The main populations are centred in the cities of Newcastle upon Tyne, Sunderland, Gateshead, South Shields and Tynemouth.

The landscape of Tyne and Wear is dominated by the River Tyne and River Wear characterised by the river bridges, including the icon Tyne Bridge, and the modern Millennium Bridge and complemented by green belts around the main conurbations.


The county of Tyne and Wear was created in 1974 following the Local Government Act of 1972.

The city is famous for its part in the Victorian Industrial Revolution – coal mining, ship building and other heavy industry including armaments were synonymous with the region and many visitor attractions nod towards the county’s industrial heritage.

Today service industries and tourism are important components of the local economy.

Places to visit in Tyne and Wear

Tyne and Wear has a wide choice of great of days out to keep all the family entertained. Visit the Centre for Life and be prepared to be amazed – get hands on with science, see the exhibits and visit the planetarium. The Discovery Museum is housed in an icon building in Newcastle city centre – be wowed by the 34 metre long steam powered ship – Turbinia – once the world’s fastest ships and them immerse yourself in The Newcastle Story – a timeline of the city from Roman times. The Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art is a must for those interested in the arts. For the history of Sunderland head to Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens – the collections date back to 1846 – just don’t get bitten by Wallace the lion!

Tyne & Wear is the hot bed of football in the North East – and you can take stadium tours of both Newcastle United’s St. James Park and Sunderland AFC’s Stadium of Light.

Tyne and Wear’s has number of important houses, stately homes and glorious gardens open to the public. Belsay Hall is an interesting combination of impressive of gardens that link a Greek revival and medieval mansion where you can climb the tower for views across neighbouring Northumberland. Washington Old Hall is a 17th century manor house with links to George Washington’s ancestors – you can observe the displays and view a number of collections including paintings and furniture. Hylton Castle is a ruined 14th century and the Benedictine monastery of Monkwearmouth- Jarrow abbey was originally built in AD 674.
Garden lovers shouldn’t miss Seaton Delaval Hall – where history stretches back over 900 years. Take in the topiary, fountains and pond on your stroll around the grounds.

Looking for some retail therapy? Then head for NewcastleGateshead – designer brands, independent boutiques and familiar high street names abound at locations such as the Metrocentre and Eldon Square. When you’re fit to drop there are plenty places to grab a bite to eat and recover! When recovered don’t miss out on the vibrant night life. Looking for something exclusive? – pay a visit to Grainger Town home to browse a selection of boutiques – and if you are in the area then the it is well worth putting your head into the triple domed building that is the Central Arcade – the roof work is amazing – even if you don’t buy anything!

Tyne and Wear’s famous names include former footballers Alan Shearer and Paul Gascoigne, TV presenters Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly, James Herriot, comic genius Rowan Atkinson, journalist Kate Adie and rock star Sting.

Tyne and Wear has a large range of annual events including Sunderland Steam Spectacular, Gateshead Summer Flower Show, the multi venue Summer Tyne Festival, Sunderland International Air Show and sporting attraction – The Great North Run.
Tyne and Wear’s famed food includes Saveloy Dip – smoked sausage sandwich smothered in pease pudding or mustard, Stotties – a round flat bread, the casserole dish, Panaculty and of course Newcastle Brown Ale.

Getting There

Tyne and Wear is accessed by road via the A1 and A1(M) where you will pass the icon Angel of the North. The A194(M) will take you out to South Shields and the A19 and A690 offer drivers a route to Sunderland.

The county is well served by train, the East Coast Main Line stopping in the region on its journey between London and Scotland – making a possible weekend destination from both London and Edinburgh.

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