Get unique insight into the everyday life of the Roman army—from the soldiers in the barracks, to the commanders in their stately houses—at the Arbeia Roman Fort and Museum. Built around AD160, the fort played an essential role in the mighty frontier system of Hadrian's Wall, serving as both protection and a military supply base.
Linking Newcastle upon Tyne and Gateshead, the Tyne Bridge is the most celebrated and iconic of the seven bridges crossing the River Tyne. Stroll across the pedestrian walkway (it only takes about 45 minutes) to see striking views of the skyline.
Immerse yourself in the history of north-east England at the Beamish Museum. Set among 300 acres of County Durham countryside, this living, working museum (featuring costumed demonstrators) is designed to let visitors to touch, smell, taste and experience what life was really like over the past 200 years.
Escape the hustle of the city and check out Path Hill Watermill, a restored and operational watermill from the 18th century. Bask in the natural surroundings with a picnic lunch (or your sketchpad) and let your worries roll off your back as you gaze out at the millpond.
Once the hub of the industrial revolution on Tyneside, Ouseburn is becoming a vibrant place to live, work, and play, thanks to culture-led regeneration projects. Peek inside the workshops and studios on Lime Street before popping into one of Newcastle’s coolest watering holes, The Cluny, for a pint.
Not only is the five-storey Bessie Surtees House a fine example of 16th- and 17th-century Jacobean architecture, but it’s also where Bessie climbed down from a first-floor window and eloped to Scotland with John Scott, who ultimately became Lord Eldon, Lord Chancellor of England.