Stay on in buzzing NewcastleGateshead after the Rugby World Cup, and sample the area’s rejuvenated quaysides, thriving cultural scene and diverse shopping.
You’ll know you have arrived in NewcastleGateshead when Antony Gormley’s iconic Angel of the North sculpture comes into view - the region’s most famous resident is 20 metres high with a vast wingspan of 54 metres. A towering former flourmill is the backdrop for abstracts and sculptures at the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art on Gateshead Quays, film buffs can step back in time with old newsreel films or catch the latest releases at another restored gem, the art deco Tyneside Cinema and football fans can follow the footsteps of famous ‘Magpies’ players like Alan Shearer and Sir Bobby Robson on a behind-the-scenes tour at St James’ Park.
Traverse a virtual Hadrian’s Wall and meet a life-size T-Rex at the diverse Great North Museum, and delve into the world of imagination at Seven Stories National Centre for Children’s Books, which offers galleries, performances, events and a specialist children’s bookshop housed inside a converted Victorian warehouse.
For three of the UK’s top department stores under one roof – Fenwick, John Lewis and Debenhams – head to two-level intu Eldon Square slap bang in the city centre, and across the River Tyne in Gateshead, you’ll find intu Metrocentre, officially the largest indoor shopping and leisure centre in Europe.
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