Meet in state-of-the-art museums at the space-age Imperial War Museum North and The Lowry arts complex in face-lifted, industrial Manchester. Leeds is discerning when it comes to contemporary art with Leeds Art Gallery’s Gormley and Moore sculptures and the quirky White Cloth Gallery packed with photography, film and portraits. Newcastle’s quayside is now a fashionable waterfront criss-crossed with illuminated footbridges and lined with brasseries and bars. It’s all overlooked by the glassy Sage Gateshead and the converted, cutting-edge BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art. Other historic waterfronts enjoying a renaissance include Portsmouth with its nautical Spinnaker Tower and Hull with its angular aquarium, The Deep.