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Tyne and Wear

Imagine a place with a dazzling city life, vibrant culture day and night, great shopping, and all the fun of the seaside. Look no further.

NewcastleGateshead has enough museums, shops and galleries to keep visitors busy all day long; and pubs, bars and restaurants to keep the entertainment flowing into the night. Stroll down the elegant Georgian Grey Street to the Quayside and the Norman Castle Keep which gave the city its name. Opposite, on Gateshead Quays, are the billowing curves of The Sage Gateshead international music venue, and BALTIC, the Centre for Contemporary Art. Reach them on foot via the spectacular (and occasionally swinging) Gateshead Millennium Bridge.

Award-winning beaches and peaceful countryside are both close at hand. Gibside estate has riverside walks and a beautiful Palladian Chapel, and there are great family attractions - in the Blue Reef Aquarium take a walk under sharks! - and the dramatic ruins of Tynemouth Priory and Castle.

Children can try archaeology at Arbeia Roman Fort or meet the animals on Bede's World's Anglo-Saxon farm, beside the site of the monastery where the saint lived.

Grown-ups need their own entertaining too. Try Sunderland's National Glass Centre, which stocks pieces by Europe's finest contemporary glassmakers. Exotic plants thrive in the city's Winter Gardens, centrepiece of the Victorian Mowbray Park. Or book West End show tickets online for the Sunderland Empire, a classic Edwardian theatre.

To find out more about what NewcastleGateshead, Sunderland, North Tyneside & South Tyneside have to offer, visit the websites:

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