Newcastle Castle


The stronghold that put both the 'new' and 'castle' into Newcastle has been largely swallowed up by the train station, leaving only a few remaining fragments including the square Norman keep and the Black Gate. Exhibits inside the two restored buildings cover the history of the city, its castle and its residents from Roman times onwards. The 360-degree city views from the keep's rooftop are the best in town.

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2. St Nicholas Cathedral


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3. Life Science Centre


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4. Laing Art Gallery

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6. Discovery Museum

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7. Biscuit Factory

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8. Great North Museum


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