Tyne And Wear Accommodation Guide
Tyne and Wear is a metropolitan (city) county in North East England. The county gets its name from the two rivers (the Tyne and the Wear) that run through its centre and out into the North Sea. Whilst Tyne and Wear is the smallest county in the north east of England, it is by far the largest in terms of its population. This is because it includes the five metropolitan areas of Newcastle upon Tyne, Sunderland, Gateshead, North Tyneside and South Tyneside.
The county of Tyne And Wear shares a border with Northumberland to the north and with County Durham to the south. Until 1974 the territory which now makes up the county of Tyne and Wear was actually divided equally between Northumblerland and County Durham.
In this brief tourist guide we will exhibit some of Tyne and Wear’s best accommodation choices and also explore some of the region’s finest attractions. Given the size and cosmopolitan nature of the cities within the county, there is a great deal to see and do!
Whatever your passion when on holiday, the Tyne and Wear area has it all! From expansive sandy beaches to battle damaged castles, from fine dining restaurants to fascinating museums, this compact area of northeastern England has something to offer everyone.
Beach lovers and surfers will want to head straight to Long Sands Beach near Whitley Bay, itself a major draw for sandcastle enthusiasts. Visitors to Whitley Bay should visit at low tide so that they can walk across to St. Mary’s Island which is completely cut off from the mainland at high tide.
The principal cities within Tyne and Wear have all played a key role in the Victorian Industrial Revolution. Consequently, many of the visitor attractions play tribute to the each town’s proud history in coal mining, ship building and other heavy industries including the production of munitions.
The Discovery Museum in Newcastle is a good place to start and has one of the finest collections of scientific and technical exhibits in the UK. It also has fantastic collections on maritime history, social history and the region’s military past.
The county is well served by both road and rail. Being located on the East Coast Main Line, the cities within Tyne and Wear are popular weekend destinations for people living in both London and Edinburgh. With the relocation of heavy industry to other parts of England, tourism now plays an important role in the local economy.
Tyne And Wear / Tourist Information
- County Town: Newcastle upon Tyne
- Land Area: 538 km2 (208 square miles)
- Population: 1,136,371 (2019)
- Population Density: 2,105/km2 (5,450/square mile)
- Average Temperature: (Summer 19 °C)
- Days Of Rain: Dry for 162 days a year
Best Attractions In Tyne And Wear
Angel Of The North: Located in Gateshead, the Angel Of The North is the largest sculpture in Britain. Standing 20 metres tall (66 feet) the wings of the angel are an incredible 54 metres wide (177 feet). The work was completed in 1998 and is regarded as an iconic example of public art.
Long Sands Beach: Long Sands Beach is arguably the most popular stretch of beach in the entire north east region and when you arrive here you will see why! It is also one of the UK’s best surfing beaches and the national surfing championships have been held here.
Tynemouth Park: Adjacent to Long Sands Beach, on the other side of Grand Parade, you will find Tynemouth Park. Tynemouth is a large family fun park featuring a boating lake, crazy golf and several children’s play areas each with a different theme. For a glimse into the northeast’s undersea world, the Blue Reef Aquarium is also nearby.
St Mary’s Lighthouse: This incredible lighthouse is one of the UK’s finest. Located on the tiny island of St Mary’s, just north of Whitley Bay, the island is only accessible at low tide by a small concrete causeway, which is completely submerged at high tide. Decommissioned in 1984, the lighthouse is now a museum and one of the region’s finest.
Best Accommodation In Tyne And Wear
The Tynemouth Cottage (Tynemouth): Tynemouth was voted the best place to live in the North of England in the Sunday Times 2018 awards and if you stay here it’s easy to see why. Sleeping four people across 2 bedrooms, Tynemouth Cottage places you right in the centre of Tynemouth and its many attractions. There are two beautiful outside patio areas and there is also parking for two cars.
Tynemouth Village Penthouse (Tynemouth): This incredible penthouse spans the entire 3rd and 4th floor of this typical Georgian town house and affords stunning views across the sea and the nearby Tynemouth Priory. Sleeping 6 people across 3 bedrooms, this is the perfect base to explore Tynemouth and the surrounding area. There is a large balcony overlooking the sea on the 3rd floor.
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