The charm of Newcastle is that it packs a lot into its compact size. There are art galleries and museums (from Pre-Raphaelites to blockbuster exhibitions); ancient history and modern architecture (Norman castle keep to 21st-century concert hall); the Centre for Children’s Books to the Centre for Life; plus tantalising shopping from designer fashion to farmers’ markets. Just wander and you’re in for a treat: the river Tyne and its magnificent seven bridges, graceful Georgian architecture, pavement cafes and quayside bars. It’s a city with huge spirit and an infectiously easy-going charm.
It can also leave you speechless; stand on the magically balanced Millennium Bridge and we defy you not to feel overawed.