10 Days in UK: Day 4 – In Newcastle

Coastline of Tynemouth near Newcastle, UK
Coastline of Tynemouth near Newcastle, UK

Day 4: In Newcastle
At my guide Tom’s advice, I took a half hour train ride the following day to Tynemouth on the coast – and am I glad I did! A picturesque beach with a castle overlooking the sea, it was one of the earliest landing points for invading Vikings. Of course, there isn’t a sign of violence in this calm town. I had delicious cakes and coffee at Dil & the Bear followed by a shopping spree at the Razzberry Bazaar.

Tynemouth near Newcastle, UK
Tynemouth near Newcastle, UK
Castle overlooking the sea in Tynemouth near Newcastle, UK
Castle overlooking the sea in Tynemouth near Newcastle, UK
Tynemouth near Newcastle, UK
Tynemouth near Newcastle, UK
Coffee at the Dil & The Bear cafe in Tynemouth near Newcastle, UK
Coffee at the Dil & The Bear cafe in Tynemouth near Newcastle, UK
Shopping at the Razzberry Bazaar in Tynemouth near Newcastle, UK
Shopping at the Razzberry Bazaar in Tynemouth near Newcastle, UK

Back to Newcastle, I went into the Life Science Centre near the railway station, the displays of Commodore and Atari computers bringing back memories of the 1980s. I was back at the castle – and went in this time. Winding steps took me around its many chambers – I found myself at the rooftop eventually where I could literally see most of Newcastle – Gateshead, including the seven bridges spanning the Tyne river. Back on ground, I explored the shopping malls of Newcastle including the Intu Eldon Square – one of the biggest in the UK. Dinner was reserved at the Blackfriars – voted as the best restaurant in Newcastle. It had served as the refectory in the former monastery of the Blackfriar monks.

Inside the Life Science Centre in Newcastle, UK
Inside the Life Science Centre in Newcastle, UK
The castle in Newcastle, UK
The castle in Newcastle, UK
Shopping in Intu Eldon Square in Newcastle, UK
Shopping in Intu Eldon Square in Newcastle, UK
Dinner at Blackfriars in Newcastle, UK
Dinner at Blackfriars in Newcastle, UK

Follow my train journey in the summer of 2015 across the UK at #AJinUK. The trip was sponsored by VisitBritain but they did not influence any editorial.

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