Tynemouth Castle and Priory

Our last full day in Northumberland and a trip to the coast was the plan with destination Tynemouth. Just a short hop from Newcastle this was the perfect spot to appreciate the ruggedly beautiful coastline. The castle and priory perched on a rocky headland overlooking the North Sea dominates the town and that’s where we spent our morning.…

Stories Galore At Seven Stories

A family of bookworms are we so a trip to Seven Stories was a Newcastle must. Part bookshop, part archive of children’s books and manuscripts with performances, exhibitions and story-telling sessions thrown in for good measure this sounded right up our street. Love at first sight for me. The neighbourhood is urban, quirky and vibrant, definitely regeneration…

Life Science Centre

Having read loads about this place – an educational charity whose aim is to get everyone switched onto science, a visit went straight on our Newcastle agenda. Hands on interaction was what they promised – that is definitely our bag so excitement levels were high. We arrived shortly after opening time and paid the £25…

Newcastle – Sleeping and Eating

Jury’s Inn was the hotel we settled for on our three night Newcastle jaunt. A good deal on a last minute booking website combined with a Quayside location, we snapped it up. We were happy with our choice. The hotel is right on the banks of the Tyne,  mere steps away from the Millennium Bridge…

Discovering Newcastle

While Husband was working, Son and I ventured away from the Quayside to find out what the rest of Newcastle had in store – so much more than I expected. This city is cool, a real mix of culture, history and gorgeous architecture. No wonder they call it the “Gateway to the North.” In the 1950’s the…

Bridges and Blinking Eyes on Newcastle’s Quayside

We stayed a couple of nights in Newcastle, just enough time to do a bit of exploring in this great city. A hotel on the Quayside was our perfect base. Husband and I visited Newcastle (many) years ago and barely recognised the place. The whole Quayside area has been totally transformed from what was once derelict into a swish entertainment…